Flying technology exists in the game; there are two different areas where flying is possible:
- The Reavers Fate raid, where one must fly up into a spear-trapped ceiling to disarm a door
- The Reavers Refuge public area, where one may fly up to a room inhabited by dragon quest-givers
This method of flying is not overly dramatic. There are no great swoops, no aerobatics, no real change in posture. It seems more like being pushed through the air than actively flying.
And yet, it is flying. And it is pretty cool.
I especially like Flying with Coin, as she is an Air Savant and leaves behind a trail of sparks that look like a contrail.
I think it is time to open up the Fly spell and let us have some fun exploring the upper reaches of the game. Everywhere. Or at least everywhere possible.
I understand that there are quests where flying would allow a character to reach areas where he or she could attack enemies with no risk of being counter-attacked.* And there are several quests where the ability to Fly up and over walls would make completion trivial.
* The classic definition of an exploit, although with the forum changes I cannot find a link to anyone from Turbine quoting that definition. Yet I am sure they have said it. Pretty much exactly as I have it here.
So don’t enable Fly in those quests. Maybe don’t enable Fly in any quests. But that still leaves public spaces, where there is no reason at all not to be Flying, and Adventure Areas, where Flying would be just amazingly awesome.
Do you sometimes get just a little bit bored by yet one more Slayer/Rares/Explorer expedition in the Orchard? Wouldn’t that completely change if you could Fly?
It’s all different
high up above everything;
A new way to play
You can get a little of this now, sometimes, dropping from height while under the effects of Feather Fall, strafing ground targets from above. Or Fingering them. Or whatever. Death from above! I always enjoy it when given the opportunity. I want more. MOAR!
We should definitely have Fly in PvP areas too. Imagine Capture the Flag in three dimensions.
There should also be a rare drop item that has Fly clickies. But only one item. It would become extremely valuable. Put it somewhere hard to get, but don’t make it bound, make it something we can trade like the Royal Guard Mask.
What about this idea wouldn’t be fun?
Let’s go Flying!