Mounts of Guild Wars 2July 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg | 26 Comments
Tags: Guild Wars 2, MMO, mmorpg
I want a mount. We all do don’t we? I know Guild Wars and apparently Guild Wars 2 makes traveling pretty easy. In fact its awesome that way. I don’t want them to change that at all. Mounts aren’t necessarily about getting somewhere fast.
They’re just another way of having a pet. In real life, pets are kind of popular. Believe it or not. People humanize them and assign traits and personalities to them even if they’re just imagining that cat is indifferent and sarcastic or that dog is lovable and likes wearing sweater vests.
It should be no surprise then that people want a mount in their video games. They can haul it out, get attached to it, name it. Some may even clamour for the ability to feed and take care of it, fight with their mount by their side, or upgrade it in some way, perhaps with horse armour that costs real money.
It is a side product in most games that it allows quick and easy travel, increasing your speed by as much as 70% in some games.
Do I love my Berhu in Runes of Magic because he allows me to travel 65% faster? I could just purchase transport runes, mark heavily used spots, and transport instantly. No, I love him because he is white, and fluffy, and I want to give him a big hug. Also he reminds me of Appa.
So when I see various references to mounts, I get hopeful. Check out these quotes.
We have points within the map for movement, but mounts… I’m going to have to cop out and say, “Under discussion.” – Jeff Grubb
We are not really ready to talk about mounts right now.
Obviously if there were no plans for mounts whatsoever, if it wasn’t at least an issue, they’d deny it outright. There aren’t going to be secondaries, bang, announced. There are no longer any companions, boom, we all know this.
Not to mention there is some mention of an activity that is much like polo, and polo as we all know is on horseback. Also, the following art.
In a universe where you can map travel freely to get anywhere you need to go, what would a Guild Wars 2 mount do?
It probably doesn’t move very fast, otherwise why have you put all this work and effort into the map travel and asura gates? I’d assume there is some speed buff but no bigger than most sweet items, or running stances.
You can’t have it be too similar to pets, you don’t want to compromise the playability of the ranger. So it can’t fight, or have most of the same functionality as pets.
To avoid exploits it probably wouldn’t be usable in dungeons or instances of most kinds. In fact you would probably be knocked from your mount if you take some threshold of damage.
You’d probably need some kind of casting time to bring out that mount too, to keep people from running away like cowards easily.
What does that leave us with? Aesthetics mostly. To which I say yay. Arenanet are pretty good with aesthetics. The emphasis would have to be on looking good. There are few other benefits that might be helpful. Perhaps storage packs for the animal, the ability to allow more than one rider, the ability to name it, and if you can’t customize your pets to look the way you want, then why not your mount? The last option alone would be more than enough to please most mount fans.
Arenanet, at least as far as Guild Wars has suggested, might have other options. If I were to add mounts to the GWO (Guild Wars Original) it would be a simple matter of somehow combining a tonic and a sweet effect. Drink one of these potions and suddenly it would look as though you were riding along on a, lets say, beetle while under the influence of a speed buff.
What kind of mounts would the lore already suggest? Wurms are one obvious mount. Swallowing you whole in the desolation and transporting you where you need to go. We’ve all turned into beetles for the racing. Personally I’ve always wanted to get on Toma. Centaurs might take some umbrage at being ridden. There are of course, Yaks, Dolyaks, and other Stone Summit beasts.
So will there be mounts in Guild Wars 2? I don’t know. It’s entirely possible, but we already have a fairly unique and extensive traveling system. If they decide to add it, it won’t be to make getting around easier. It’ll be because mounts are inherently awesome and the fans demand it.
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