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How Long Do You Give Yourself To Catch Up For A New MMO Expansion? | MMORPG.com

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With a few MMO expansions on the horizon in the coming weeks, how long before a new one hits do you typically give yourself to catch up if you need to?

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  • ShinyFlygonShinyFlygon Member UncommonPosts: 381
    edited May 15
    I quit FFXIV after the first patch of Stormblood. I decided in January this year that I wanted to play Dawntrail because the setting appeals to me and both of the new jobs seem fun.

    I resubbed the first week of Februrary and had Stormblood wrapped up by the end of the month (after spending some time leveling up a couple of jobs I wanted to try out).

    It took me about six weeks to get through the main story of Shadowbringers, ignoring most of the side quests and all the raids and trials that weren't part of the MSQ, but with a fair amount of time spent leveling up all my crafting/gathering classes to 80 and doing the class jobs for those, as well as all the tribal quests.

    I'm now about three-quarters of the way through Endwalker (6.0) -- including ALL side quests this time! -- and I don't expect to have too much trouble blazing through the patches, again ignoring raids and trials that aren't in the MSQ. I haven't leveled up my crafting classes to 90 yet, but I definitely will get that going as soon as I unlock the tribal quests.
  • AngrakhanAngrakhan Member EpicPosts: 1,259
    Got bigger fish to fry than worrying about being caught up in an MMO. If I joined a brand new MMO I'd be behind by the end of the first week. I just can't make it a second job (primary job?) like some people do, so I don't worry about it. I'm going to start out behind and end behind and enjoy whatever content I can manage to play in the mean time. I don't lose sleep over attaining to some level of proficiency in a video game.
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  • NeoyoshiNeoyoshi Member RarePosts: 1,201
    It's been a bit nuts.

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  • KyleranKyleran Member LegendaryPosts: 43,596
    I rarely go back to MMORPGs these days, one and done for me.  

    That said, I could go back to EVE after a 7 year break and pick up right where I left off and resume my "life" in the universe, virtual worlds are just like that.

    I agree with Bradford, I might go back to ESO again because there is not a whole lot of catching up to do, especially since I don't do the higher end raids.

    But most other gear grinders?  No way, I left that play style behind many years ago and would never jump on that treadmill ever again.




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  • ValdemarJValdemarJ Member RarePosts: 1,190
    I'm not really interested in playing games where "catch up" is anything more than tweaking builds a little and playing the content.

  • SovrathSovrath Member LegendaryPosts: 32,087
    I’ve never “given” myself a set time period to catch up in an MMORPG.

    Probably because Linage 2 was always playing catch up so you just end up logging in and playing as one usually did.

    With a theme park it didn’t really matter as I tended to not do much raiding.

    My thought is if the game is good then one just plays and eventually you’ll make it through the content.
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  • NeblessNebless Member RarePosts: 1,840
    I get to it, when I get to it.
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  • KnightFalzKnightFalz Member EpicPosts: 4,205
    It will be there when I get there.
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  • hsb320hsb320 Newbie CommonPosts: 27
    i wait until the games ded then i play and start complaining about population
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  • CarlAlexanderCarlAlexander Newbie CommonPosts: 2

    I usually try to give myself at least a week or two before a new MMO expansion hits to catch up, depending on how much content I need to cover and how busy my schedule is. It also depends on the size of the expansion and how much time I anticipate needing to fully immerse myself in the new content. What about you?

  • kitaradkitarad Member LegendaryPosts: 7,962
    I think the only time I was on a time constraint to level up was the Kunark expansion. I don't think I ever did it again.

  • NeoyoshiNeoyoshi Member RarePosts: 1,201
    FFXIV isn't the type of game where you can come back from a really long break and jump into new content right away; as anything new is usually always locked behind the MSQ (Main Story Questline).

    So don't go in expecting to even be able to touch or even spot Dawntrail content off in the distance with binoculars if you haven't played in a couples years.


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  • ShinyFlygonShinyFlygon Member UncommonPosts: 381

    Neoyoshi said:

    FFXIV isn't the type of game where you can come back from a really long break and jump into new content right away; as anything new is usually always locked behind the MSQ (Main Story Questline).



    So don't go in expecting to even be able to touch or even spot Dawntrail content off in the distance with binoculars if you haven't played in a couples years.



    After just a couple of years (meaning literally two years, putting you exactly one expansion behind), it wouldn't take THAT long. Maybe two months of catch-up, tops, and that's if you are a pretty casual player. If you are more hardcore, you could bang out an entire expansion and all of its patches in 10 days to two weeks.
  • cameltosiscameltosis Member LegendaryPosts: 3,717
    I've never needed to catchup.

    I'm either playing the game, and therefore have already done everything and am already prepared for an expansion.....or the game has already lost me, and they're never getting me back.
  • botondusbotondus Member UncommonPosts: 4
    I have resubbed to FFXIV in April and I needed to catch up with all the post-Endwalker main story quests. But instead I got into leveling all my crafters and gatherers and now more recently I got hooked again on Eternal (a digital collectible card game) and also now want to try out Shadowverse. So at some point I'll need to get back to catching up on FFXIV lol.
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