As you're no doubt aware by now, Funcom is making The Secret World players start over in Secret World Legends. This has met with a mixed reaction from players, something the MMOBomb crew – which consists of a few die-hard TSW fans – have talked about at length.
Maybe you don't have a stake in the debate. Maybe you've never played the game, or played it very lightly, and think Secret World Legends looks like something you might try out.
But what if it was “your” game? What if the developers of your favorite online game decided to do the same thing? What if your level 100 wizard, your top-tier tank, your assortment of cosmetic looks and sweet-looking mounts would all be null and void? What if you had to start over? Would you?
To be clear, The Secret World fans aren't exactly losing their characters; they can still play them in the original TSW game, even though that title won't be getting any new updates. But going to Secret World Legends is very similar to a full wipe, the kind of which prevents some of us (guilty) from getting too invested in a beta. Seeing it happen five years after a game goes live is on a whole other level.
That said, retro is in, and plenty of people willingly play on “vanilla” servers where they have to start from scratch, like those for EverQuest 2 or Old School RuneScape – or, in the case of World of Warcraft, a lot of people really want to do so.
So, that's our poll question for the day. If your favorite game was getting “The Secret World Treatment,” would you start over? Would you keep playing on the old, never-to-be-updated-again, servers? Or would you just leave the game entirely, never (probably) to return?
About the Author
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.
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