Nearly four years ago I remember logging on to tsw with the most excitement I’d felt since launch day. Tokyo, which had to begun to seem like a dream that would never come had finally released. After being teased since early 2012 when shortly after launch Ragnar Tornquist confirmed it as the next playfield for tsw and showed off the orochi tower concept art. It had been a long time and what we got wasn’t exactly brimming with content but damn the main story we all loved was back and it was good. Almost a year later when I returned to Seoul and saw the conclusion with my faction handler I was satisfied. Tokyo had ups and downs, there were delays and cut content but in the end it delivered on the stuff that made the original story of tsw so engaging.
It’s been nearly three years since we had a continuation of that main story. In that time I thought tsw was dead, then came a relaunch that brought mixed feelings but also hope. Hope that if funcom was willing to develop a new version of the game so drastically changed they hadn’t given up on tsw and we would be seeing another chapter of story.
Now here we are, almost out the blue season 2 is literally out there. At this point I must confess I haven’t played it yet, I won’t until Friday evening at the earliest. But I’m not sure if I’m excited. I didn’t mind how long I had to wait for Tokyo because when we got it, I loved it. However from the trailer I’ve seen and the article on massively I’m more concerned than happy. The quality of the environment doesn’t seem anywhere near as good as the rest of the game, the animations seem off and the voice acting not up to par. I’ve even heard that the new content does not involve new cuts scenes from our faction handlers. Which given the ending of Tokyo as a Dragon player this was what I looked forward to the most, seeing the new boss in play.
I’m beginning to wonder, maybe it would have been better if tsw had been the end? Is it worth having season 2 if it tarnishes what came before? Do we need to pretend season 2 doesn’t exist like the Matrix sequels? Or is this what we’ve all been waiting for.
I’ll post my own thoughts when I play the content, but I’d love to know the honest views of everyone out there. Is dawn of the morning light worth the reboot, lock boxes and years of wait? Is it good enough?