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Posted: Mar 17th 2008 11:03AM Scopique said

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"What effect will the expansion have on the new player experience"

Any expansion released for any game is inteded to retain the level cap players, not give stuff to lowbies. To do so would cause higher level players to cry foul; stuff has been added that they can't experience (although they could re-roll, but that should be a choice, not a requirement). These days, MMO content is about equality, and nothing else. Balance, balance, balance!

At most, lowbies get new items. Enhanced or new "features" could just as easily be patched in at some point, so if you're not at the level cap with nothing to do, then expansions are generally worthless.

Posted: Mar 17th 2008 11:48AM (Unverified) said

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What you said is true Scop, however there can definitely be good features that can be taken advantage of by more than just people at the level cap. One example would be when EQ2 released their 2nd expansion, Kingdom of Sky. That expansion introduced teleportation rings as well as a form of Alternate Advancement that players could begin obtaining once they reached level 20. Also, even by adding in just one lower level area aside from the obvious plentiful higher level areas, it allows them to work in some nice content to fill gaps where there may not be a ton of quality content in some level ranges.

So, while the expansion should definitely be targeted at the high end....there could certainly be plenty of room for features that all levels can take advantage of.

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