There is one aspect of MMORPGs that I don’t generally like. It has always made me the outcast when it comes to IP and lore in a game. I like rare to be rare, I like epic to be epic. You usually can’t get that out of most MMOs. Generally due to the normal MMO mindset of “I want Fat Lootz Now!!!!”
Being a Warhammer Tabletop Nerd, many aspects of Warhammer Online always annoyed me. Having 200 Archmages running about was my first big cringe. Teclis once defeated an entire Chaos Army with one spell cast, he may or may not have just sneezed, we don’t know; but an Arch(Arch is fancy latin preword for SUPER EPIC AWESOME RARE OF THE BESTEST)mage needless to say is kind of overpowered. And now a common Maurader has the ability to kill one of the greatest magic casters in the game? Okay, naming oversight maybe. They should have been Mages at best. That’s like creating a solar system MMO, and having asteroids able to kill a sun.
My point is, I hate when epic becomes too attainable. I hate when everyone looks like pure epicness. When you look out on the battlefield of WAR, you don’t see armies of Warhammer style units battling, you see armies of epic generals running is circles casting effects that make a 4th of July fireworks show look stupid. When your armor looks better crafted on your Warrior Priest than what Volkmar is wearing, ummmmm… you made a giant lore oversight. How successful is a MMO going to be with my wishes though? Not very. MMOers in general want everything now. They also like having one button to smash. And they want epic armor of epicness. They are like 16 year olds with a 1998 Honda Civic. They want the shiniest stupidest shit they can buy for $15 to put on that car. Make it loud, make it seen, and strut that rickety rusting piece of shit down main street flooring it to each red-light in a 15 MPH zone.
So when I read THQ/Vigil are going to keep the Space Marine rare and something that you have to really work hard at to even play, I absolutely jump for joy. There is maybe 1 Space Marine to defend each solar system in the Empire. They should be rare and very rare at that. How is the MMO fan base taking it? Ummmmm … Rage. You basically just told that 16 year old, they couldn’t get a custom license plate that said “2FAST4U”. Or worse yet, they found out their $10 muffler tip that makes loud sounds is the wrong diameter. Rage.
I imagine Vigil’s plan is to have you start as an Imperial soldier and rank your way to a point in which a Space Marine chapter notices your ‘heroism’, as many chapters recruit in this nature, and they make you an initiate of sorts. They then inject you with the Super Human Genome and make you a Scout Marine and let you progress from there. All broad assumptions on my part, but that’s how I think it should go.
THQ/Vigil, while I might applaud your stance to keep the Space Marine rare, it may not be your best choice. Players want the best stuff and they want it now. I might enjoy leveling and eventually making my ranks into a Space Marine Chapter that I must once again prove myself in, me and the 5 other people in the MMO society like me aren’t going to pay for those servers. If you want a million plus subs, you need to give them what they want. I’m thinking …. T1 is Space Marine, T2 is Captain Level with 2 Power Weapons and the Emperor’s Ward, T3 Dreadnaught, and T4 can be nothing short of Titans. Just an entire tier of Titans. Give the masses what they want, we’ll still come play.