Last week I stumbled upon the news that Trion World’s Rift will introduce so called “Prime” subscription based servers for their players. Here’s the relevant quote from their state of the game post:
So what does this have to do with Neverwinter you may ask? Well, Rift is a free-to-play competitor that obviously adds a fresh approach to their monetization strategy. So it’s not too far-fetched to discuss whether something similar would make sense for our game as well.
Competitive PVE Progression?
There are two interesting aspects to the whole thing. The first one obviously is that most of the store items will be obtainable elsewhere, since you’re already paying a monthly subscription fee. I guess in all free-to-play games there is a decent amount of players claiming that they would much rather sub and dodge the lockbox madness. With such a model, they can prove it.
What’s even more interesting however is what additional purpose the server will serve. It’s not simply a lockbox free environment, but apparently a time-limited competitive mode. Granted, it’s not really clear what “sequential progression” and “monthly milestones and achievements” could mean, but it certainly smells like a PVE race of some sorts.
Could This Be Interesting for Neverwinter?
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A separate server would be a great solution to this issue. Let folks pay to rank up toons for a limited time and let them try to beat the Temple of the Spider first. Then Fangbreaker Island, Svardborg, Spellplague Caverns, Tomb of the Nine Gods. It could work like a ladder season for Neverwinter. And since all items are obtainable through gameplay on a subscription server, you would need to figure out what item are required to beat the content and how to gear up in the most efficient way.
Hardcore Mode And Team Play
You could even think about a hardcore mode. Teams that wipe at the end boss of the current progression would need to completely start over. Such an environment would enforce strong team play and require deep knowledge of the game from the live server.
I get it’s unlikely to happen, but it’s still fun to think about the possibilities here. So what are your opinions on a PVE ladder, subscription based server or other competitive PVE models? Share your thoughts and opinions on our social channels, in the comments below, or visit the corresponding thread on our message board!
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