My guildmate Hanork – a.k.a. Joshua, a.k.a. someone who by total coincidence has the exact same last name as I, clearly denoting a man of discernment and distinction – brought this topic up at the close of our gaming session last night.
What about a DDO classic server?
Hanork noted that a pirate World of Warcraft server – running a 2004-2006 version of the game – had managed to attract 800,000 players. 800,000! All playing WoW classic.
Everquest launched a series of classic servers last year (they call them Progression Servers, no idea why) although I cannot find anything describing how well they are doing. And Daybreak Games officially embraced a fan group running the 1999 version of the game.
So … there is some hunger for the original versions of these games. And it sort of makes sense – unlike any other type of video game, you can’t just re-install to get the original version. The original no longer exists.
After I’d logged off for the night, I got to wondering. What if there was a DDO classic server? What version would it be?
Not the launch version, clearly, there weren’t even any dragons in the launch version. It was Dungions & (TBA) Online.
Later in 2006 then? Somewhere around the Desert module release?
2008? The Vale?
Frankly, the greatest strength of DDO today is that there are so many quests. I’d hate to give that up. I wonder if it is possible to have all of the content of today merged with a classic version of the systems?
Imagine all of the quests we have today merged with the random weapons and rules from 2008. No Epic Destinies. No Twists of Fate. Not even Completionists. No one higher than level 20. Paralyze/Vorpal/Banish/Disrupt/Smite/Wounding of Puncturing.
Imagine trying to finish … say … Caught in the Web … with characters and power levels circa 2008. I don’t know if you could, but wow, it would be epic indeed if you were able to pull it off.
I don’t know how often I would play on a classic DDO server, but I would definitely give it a shot.
How about you? What version of DDO’s past would most spark your interest? Would you play on a classic server?
🙂 😀 🙂