So, I have a bit of a quandary…
Generally, there are two main types of players in an MMO. Those that prefer PVP and those that are primarily PVE.
Dark Age of Camelot was interesting in that the PVP aspect of the game resulted in perks for that faction. In New World it is quite different; extend that several fold. I saw the comment about the factions that don’t control the majority of the map being referred to as Serfs. I’d say that is pretty accurate.
So, for a player that prefers PVP and the desire to control vast areas of the map (and I’ll lump the top dogs of that category as streamers), they probably really enjoy that mechanic.
For PVE’ers that enjoyed more of a DAoC mechanic, not so much. It would be interesting to see what percentage of players in New World are territory PVP’ers vs. questing PVE’ers.
I fall into the latter category and after participating in all the betas and seeing the direction of the game, am a bit worried. More than once, I’ve had to move my entire inventory to another town because an apposing faction took control of the land and jacked the taxes to 25%; including my house. This was a real pain, especially with all the items I had on the auction house. If the last town I moved to had been taken, there was nowhere for me to go because the next available was 15 levels beyond by current level. We assume here that I prefer to quest out of a territory where my home is; where my storage is.
When the game releases, I’m assuming the big streamers (the ones that have their entire company feed them thousands of mats to get ahead) will be doing the same thing. At least the ones I watch are saying so. So what does a player like me do? I can think of a couple options…
Pick a server, grind gathering skills and don’t commit to a faction until there is a dominant faction (probably streamer) that is going to hold several territories for a long period of time. Then commit to that faction. (I’ll note here I am not the type to grind to max level in 2 weeks, I like side quests, reading the documents laying around and such).
Wait a week or two and watch the servers; check the lists that form online; and find a server that mega streamers are not playing on, one that seems somewhat balanced, then pick that server and roll a toon.
I’m not sure yet what OTG plans to do in this regard; if we are going to have split companies for those that prefer PVP and PVE on different servers? And, of course, that would alter my decision to some degree as I would much rather play with OTG.
I don’t have anything against those that do wars, and I’ll be in some, but for the purpose of entertainment, not frequent attempts at territory conquest.
I’m interested in what others here think about options for those that aren’t in it to participate in endless wars as entertainment?