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In gaming, Balance, Consistency and Accountability is key. Its almost a certainty knowing CCP’s history, that the craft that mercs will use to move from point to point in Eden [the War Barge] will physically exist inside the New Eden galaxy. The implications there are staggering. Dust Mercenaries won’t simply exist in some pocket universe until they arrive in a location and queue for battle. For all intents and purposes it appears that they will have a fixed location and position within the galaxy. Does this mean they’ll also have a travel time in regards to getting from Point A to Point B as well? We realize ships in EVE move at faster than light speeds but in the interest of consistency there may also be the opportunity to intercept the War Barge on the way to its destination or perhaps even mount an attack on it.
If you’re a Dust Mercenary with little to no ties to EVE this probably causes some eyebrow raising. I can be attacked while on my War Barge? Not necessarily, and who really knows at this point? but if the Mercenary Mobile HQ must actually be an actual location there may be opportunities for some shenanigans and griefing by PC players. This will cause concern in many of the rather gregarious FPS veterans who have all but assured they will dominate the landscape in New Eden. We’ve covered many of them in the past and their countless promises of “Burning New Eden” may be reduced to nothing but tough talk if the very ships they reside in can be reduced to rubble before they reach their destination.
A couple questions we’d like to pose. We like the open-galaxy style of Dust 514 but balance is key before all else. So is making the War Barge a potential target a good thing? We would be fine with it as long as the caveat includes boarding EVE ships [insert evil laugh] Here are some things to ponder:
1.Will the War Barge have weapons?
2. Could it be a class of ship in New Eden?
3. Is it pilotable? Or do we rely on AI to get our mercs from place to place?
4. During our downtime will it reside in stations or orbit planets in our sovereign territory?
5. Can it be destroyed?
6. Could it be boarded and looted for assets?
7. How much will it cost?
These are just a few of the things to consider regarding the mode of transport most mercenaries will use in new Eden. Community luminary Cazaderon wrote this well done piece on a game mode that is essentially combat on the Warbage. Its a great suggestion, check it out here: DUST-O Forums As always, we’ll continue to attempt to help push and publish ideas that
help establish, enhance and grow the Dust 514 community as much as we can. Have any ideas that need sharing? Would you like to join our staff as a writer? Be sure to
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- Dusters / Magww