Most of us are at the edge of our seats watching and waiting for something big to happen from our friends at Aventurine. Usually every week we get a very, very small dose of Darkfall Unholy Wars with a short video that never seems to give very much information. It was not until last night that I realized what they are doing, or my theory of what they might be doing.
We have learned a ton of things through people who study the videos, but nothing really solid. We have seen the new UI, very few roles, a fuzzy map, some skills, and a little more here and there, but the amount of information we have about Darkfall Unholy Wars is laughable. The biggest question is why are they doing this and not giving out information?
At first I thought it was because of the embarrassment of the first game, Darkfall, they released. It is sad to say they messed up, and they saw their mistake. So my thinking was maybe the decided they wouldn’t hype Darkfall Unholy Wars, because they didn’t want a ton of old players returning and saying different things about different decisions they have made in the past. Than I came to the conclusion that maybe it just was not their style to release a lot of information, because they wanted that particular niche play style to stay small. But who wouldn’t want more people to engage in their certain niche play style?
After a conversation with my better half it hit both of us. Maybe they just want us all to start on an even playing field. Think about how critically people think when they get new information. Lets looks at most of the information we have about Darkfall Unholy Wars, and look at all of the extra information we have received from players who study the videos and come up with theories that usually cannot be denied. So without all of the information at our finger tips it leaves people without the ability to really choose which role will be more powerful than the other, or even which role will be the most beneficial to play in the long run.
There has been a great deal of discussion on various forums and social media criticizing Aventurine for not implementing a Beta test prior to release. Players are up in arms that the game won’t be “tested” properly. But think about it – absolutely no one will know what to expect when they first log in – everyone will be having to learn everything from square one – together. No guides have been put together, no insomniac maniacs leveling to max level then telling everyone what to expect and do. It’s kind of like looking through the house when your parents leave for your Christmas presents and finding them – thus no surprise on Christmas morning. People will have to figure out which role plays best with another, or which role is better at just being the support, or even which role you cannot leave home without. Who really knows? Not me, but I do hope to see you on the battlefield.