submitted by lifebane on Aug 28th, 2008
Tags: age of conan, pve, pvp, soe, vanguard, warhammer
I have been hearing quite a bit of chatter lately about Vanguard and PVP or the lack of it really. When you consider the more popular and widespread MMO's out there as well as the newer contenders stepping into the mix lately, Vanguard is hurting badly in the PVP area. I am sure that SOE managed to do some market research and based on their findings they did not choose to focus heavily on PVP upgrades enhancements.
Now look at the two most recent MMO's with enough buzz to warrant mention, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures and the upcoming Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. Both of them have heavy PVP aspects and seem to be what more people are looking for lately. Yes there is still plenty room for PVE for those less bloodthirsty MMO gamers out there, but PVP was not in any way an afterthought in these game's core design. I am inclined to say that the current MMO market leans towards adding in a solid PVP experience with these games based on the many articles and the high levels of interest in the new PVP heavy releases.
So the question is will SOE try to improve on their current stale PVP environment, or will they just accept the fact that they are by comparison a PVE product with minimal PVP appeal. Then again would the current player base for Vanguard even want to see more PVP?
Somethign to keep a close eye on folks.