Hello! I got on the hype train hard before GW2 was released. WoW had taken the world by storm, and I thought if another MMO came along that was just as popular, or more popular, the whole world would have to take gamers and game devs a little more seriously. Game devs, hypothetically, have to know a lot about risk and reward, motivation and how to teach people new skills. I thought it could have a big impact on education theory and bring about a digital revolution in schools. But GW2 didn't fulfill my ridiculous expectations. They were absolutely too high, but I still feel like the story of GW2, especially at the very beginning of the game, was a major factor in the game's fall. Stick with me on this one.
So much of the promotional material around the game features dragons. The environments and characters are inarguably beautiful, but they're still not dragons. Basically, the game needs more dragons! Particularly at the beginning, when you really need to draw people into the world. Levels 1-10 should be all about the initial events of the Cataclysm, and being there firsthand. Then you get to a point where you're dramatically underpowered and have to retreat to come back later. As a secondary plotline through these early levels, instead of focusing on that NPC guild that I can't remember the name of, and their internal dramas (which really took the urgency out of the whole "DRAGONS!" issue), how about we focus on the conflicts between the races? Working together is a completely new problem, so how about the player is instrumental in bringing them together, at the beginning instead of at the end? Then you have 70 more levels to focus on forming a strategy against all 6 hypothetical dragons, as well as learning all you can about the first one.
I think that would tie nicely into the rest of the story told so far, so the revamp wouldn't have to continue on to the expanded content. Right now, the beginning of the game is lackluster at best, and a chore at worst. Giving it a bit of polish (maybe a lot of polish) would really bring in more new players and infuse some life and budget back into the game. I've been thinking about this since GW2's launch, and this is the first time I've gotten up the guts to post it anywhere. I realize it's a big change, and I'm not holding my breath, but I wanted to get it off my chest.
Thanks for listening!