So, I was talking with some people regarding the possibility of new Extraordinary gear in the new zone. Several were excited, but a few were annoyed. The excited ones were on Epic to Mythic gear, and the annoyed ones were on several to full Legendary gear. The basic idea has been talked about before, probably many times, but a quick search turned up nothing pertinent to my discussion here - though there is a lot on the reddit.
With Season 2 looming, it seemed like a decent idea to start a discussion about it here.
If there are new Extraordinary Items in the new map, is it time for a system which allows people a slightly less taxed and taxing way to swap into it? I know that a lot of games, successful ones even, rely on the gear treadmill (WoW), but there are others that have a very solid gear cap and get by with offering new stat combos that are fairly easy to obtain, while giving enough variety to keep it interesting (GW2).
I know that if a new item came out that was hands down just incredibly better for me than a Legendary I have, especially if my Legendary is not max level, and thus gets Taxed on the XP even more in the current conversion system, I would be quite annoyed. Seems to be the general consensus of those players I have asked.
On the other hand, if people can just instantly convert into the new items, they lose a bit of their perceived value, scarcity, and prestige. Several people who do not have Legendary items yet even were of the opinion that if a player has gotten that far, that it should be no “real hassle” to do it again.
I sort of see both sides of the issue. I am not full Legendary, so some of my items I could “easily” swap into by getting the hypothetical new ones to max Mythic. But others I would have to take a massive loss on or level from scratch and just keep the old one and hope it gets a buff eventually…I guess.
It also raises a question about the future. In another year, a lot of veterans who don’t see a problem with it now will have effectively locked themselves into specific Legendaries. In another two, even more, and so on. If Funcom wants to keep releasing new items (Cache, zone, dungeon, or otherwise) should the system get an overhaul to make it less of an issue for players?
An example, not even necessarily a suggestion, but something to get the ball rolling which has been suggested before: What if the “Extraordinary” portion of any given item could be removed for Aurum or MoF, and slotted into any other item of it’s type (Pistol to Pistol, Head Tali to Head Tali only) but had to be leveled separate from the item in question? Would that be a solution? Have any better ones? Is the system fine and people should just accept it?