WildStar's Jeremy Gaffney Discusses Elder Game Content and Bartle's Theory
Gaffney provided some insightful information about how the developer is approaching WildStars game design to influence cooperation between players by intertwining their character paths in ways that will provide benefits to working together with other players. One class can do things the other cant such as the explorers ability to discover hidden paths or the scientists ability to scan rare objects. By working together, the two can enter areas that the scientist would not be able to find and then discover objects that the explorer would be unable to scan.
Usually what we do is we take content thats for the other Paths, like the scientist can scan rare rocks, make it hard to find out here but theres a ton of them in the area that the Explorer can unlock. So if you help the Explorer out, hes giving you access so you can do your own thing easier. If youre playing together, thats more natural. Because what we dont want is this guy runs that way, that guy runs off in the opposite direction, and they never see each other again.
Gaffney also took some time to discuss Richard Bartles theory of who suit MUDs and what Carbine Studios has planned for the elder game content of WildStar for solo, groups and raids.
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