Every game needs to have a balance between not hindering the players too much but also not having end game items available to quickly. As it stands right now I can get a legendary weapon and be in the highlands within an hour of joining the game.
I think a fun way to stop this is to put all of the old ghost walls back and require you to unlock the different areas.
- You get the 4 desert obelisks to unlock the north
- You get the three northern obelisks to unlock the jungle
- The two jungle obelisk for the volcano
- The volcano obelisk to unlock the high level dungeons.
This would slow people down just a little but still not be that bad. It would also give a porous back to the old pylons that are collecting dust.