So I was planning to do a first-impressions piece on patch 7.2 for World of Warcraft as my next post, then I saw that Funcom has released details of the announced relaunch of The Secret World: it’s being rebooted as a “shared-world action RPG“.
So as expected the relaunch includes a free-to-play conversion for the game, and all content will be free. Major changes to the combat and character customisation are happening – characters will have levels for instance. It sounds like gear will play more of a role in our character’s growing power also – so more stats on equipment?
In the Q&A linked above there’s also a commitment to making coop play more seamless, fewer solo missions would be a nice improvement in my opinion. But the game is moving away from the MMO space, so I imagine world bosses and related events will not survive the transition. We play this game mostly as a trio for the story so the transition should represent an almost ideal situation for me and my two friends playing. The MMO aspects haven’t really engaged us that much in TSW since we joined years after launch; we really only interacted with other players for those boss fights.
The big negative so far of this announcement is that this relaunch is just that, a separate game. TSW will be left open in maintenance mode with no new content, just like Guild Wars 1. Most importantly for many players, everyone will have to create a new character for this new game. That’s a really big issue for me, all that play time, all those missions and character progression – gone. If it were a new game with mostly or many new missions then I might be more willing to consider that. As far as it seems we’ll need to play through all or most of the old content just to then be able to see any new content released in future (i.e. whatever follows on from Tokyo). That’s too big an ask for me at the moment, I dislike repeating stuff, it’s actually a potential negative of the game having such strong story-content – I remember what happened too well!
Never say never and all that, TSW does have amazing world-building and story. But I will be sitting on the fence until I see what other reviewers say about the reboot, at launch; I may even wait until the first of the new content has been released to get an opinion on the quality of what comes after the relaunch before I start climbing that mountain once more…