I've been talking to a friend of mine, trying to get him to play the game once he gets a PC up and running, but while we were talking today, I said to him, “I need a reason to play the game!” He looked at me, laughed, and said, “You're not selling it to me. If you need a reason to play the game, then why should I?”
I couldn't fault him for that because it makes sense. If I - someone who's put nearly 10k hours into the game since the closed beta – am not currently all that interested in playing the game, why should he?
I told him that there are loads of different activities for a brand new player to do such as: WvW/PvP, Dungeons, Fractals, Raids, and so on, but one of the biggest concerns he has is that, once he gets to endgame, he won't have anything to do because, unlike WoW and other MMOs, this isn't a loot-driven game.
Sure, you could work on legendary items – I myself have 2 full sets of armor and nearly 2 dozen weapons/trinkets – but those items don't make your character any stronger, which is typically why people play MMOs: to advance/progress their character(s).
However, he brought up one activity WoW has that GW2 doesn't. He said, “But, does it have battle pets?” I was speechless! I completely gapped on the fact that GW2 has well over 700 minis to collect, but there's nothing to do with them!
Almost every single time you go into a public space or do a world boss the game automatically hides them all in an attempt to reduce lag and keep people playing seamlessly. I don't even show my minis anymore because of that!
But, if we could battle them... Not only would that bring something fun to the game, but it would keep people playing the game for a very long time if done right! My friend said to me that, when battle pets was introduced to WoW, he spent most of his time playing the game just for that!
And, I mean, think about it! I've been playing Raid: Shadow Legends a lot lately (NOT A SPONSOR!!!), and, “Mini Wars,” as it could be called, could function a lot like that in the sense that you'd have to collect all of the different minis in the game, level them up, equip them with items that boost their stats and make them better at whatever they do, build a team that functions well as a whole, and battle them against other players!
It'd be so frickin' fun!!! Mini Wars would bring a whole new level of entertainment to an already amazing game! And, since the only way to get a lot of these minis is by doing the activities already in the game, players would be forced to do activities they wouldn't normally do!
Through which, they might find a whole other aspect of the game they didn't know they loved! It seems like a no-brainer to me! Now, yes. With well over 700 minis in the game, that's a lot of development time. However, not every single mini would have to have a completely different set of abilities, mechanics, and traits.
Think of it like Ranger pets. There are three major categories of Ranger pets: Aquatic, Amphibious, and Terrestrial. The same could be true for minis for Mini Wars. Aquatic minis could only be used in aquatic arenas, amphibious minis could be used in any arena, and terrestrial minis could only be used on land arenas.
There are also different, “Families,” of pets: Armored Fish, Bears, Birds, and so on. Again, the same could be true for minis. A pet that's apart of a family might have subtle variations of skills, but, for the most part, they provide the same buffs and/or do the exact same thing as the other pets in the family.
Meaning, that if you wanted a specific mini, you might not have to farm for THAT specific one, but would have several potential routes to acquiring the mini(s) you want/need for your team, reducing the frustration of spending hundreds of hours farming only never to find what you're looking for.
This is also how the devs could get around having to think of, implement, and balance potentially thousands of different skills/traits for each mini; they could just apply the same skills, traits, and roles to all minis in the same family.
All-In-All, I absolutely love GW2, but don't really have a reason to play it at all as I've done just about everything this game has to offer at this point. I know that not a lot of people have as much time to play games as I do, so many might just see this post as me complaining, but I think Mini Wars could completely revitilize the game!