Dev info on Book 9 Epic line

The thread is talking about the SoM expansion, but MoL’s post specifically talks about how skirmishes will work in conjunction with Book 9.  This part just sounds amazing to me as you can pick how you want to do it.  Previous books were usually a combination of solo and group quests such that you could quite easily get stuck at some point (as you’ll notice from my page showing where my toons are in the Epic line).  For Book 9, it will be the players’ choice how they want to finish – you can either do it solo, or join your friends via the skirmish system and do it as a group.  She mentions you can choose the size of the instance and uses the term raid, so it will be curious to see how that really works out.

Hopefully they will adopt this for all books going forward as this will just be perfect to allow everyone to experience the content and get the group experience they want.  And it would be awesome if they could do this retroactively too, she does give a teaser that this might be on their roadmap if things go well.

MoL post on instance size

MoL post on other epic quests

So the more I read and hear about the skirmish system, the more I get excited for the potential of it.  For me, it is shaping up that skirmishes alone would make a good expansion 🙂


3 responses to “Dev info on Book 9 Epic line

  1. Wow, that is a huge step forward. I don’t know that I ever forgave the game for making me swim back and forth across the lake in Evendim so many times, only to be unable to complete the Anduril questline for lack of a group. (Extra bonus points for not only hiding group content behind a solo chain where group players would not encounter it, but also for putting it at the very end of the zone’s level range so there is nothing level appropriate to do while you mill around to see if you can find a group.)

    • yeah, everswim was a bit rough at times – that chain especially. So I’m hopeful this technology does well and we see it applied elsewhere. I’d also love to see it applied to the raids, places like CD, Uru, GA, GB, etc…

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