One thing I definitely have to admit about Star Wars: The Old Republic – their release date is going to be well timed for me. In both of the games I’m currently playing (Rift and City of Heroes) I have max level characters, and in both games they’re sort of running out of things to do. Or to be more accurate, they’re running out of things I’m interested in doing.
My City of Heroes tanker is sitting happy at level 50 with all five of the current incarnate slots unlocked, with a power slotted in each that’s been upgraded to at least tier 2 or 3 (of 4). I have a little bit more I’d like to do with him, but otherwise he’s good until they release more endgame content, and that doesn’t seem to be coming any time soon. I have some alts that I like, but one of the odd downsides of the Incarnate system is that my level 50 has become very fun to play, so much so that when playing low level characters I find myself wishing I was playing my 50. But my 50 doesn’t really have much to do, so my interest in playing City of Heroes any further is rapidly waning.
To be fair, it’s not really Paragon Studios’ fault, exactly. I’m in the, perhaps unusual, demographic of people who want to see the endgame content and make some progress, but not repeat it endlessly to get all the best stuff. So I’m a bit more invested than a true casual, but not as invested as a hardcore player. There’s a literal crap-ton of stuff for level 50 Incarnates to unlock in CoH as each slot has multiple powers that can be earned (anywhere from 4 to 20ish) plus multiple levels of each power. A completionist truly has their work cut out for them, but I’m not a completionist. I have exactly one power unlocked for each Incarnate slot, and that’s good enough for me.
Rift is facing a similar problem, in that I have my level 50 rogue, and he’s seen all the dungeons, earned a few epic items, maxed out a crafting skill, done a crafting rift, done some daily raid rifts, etc. Rift has more diversity of endgame content than WoW does, but I’m not interested in grinding content for shiny purple pixels. I played it, it was fun, now what? I still haven’t gotten to do the Chronicles instances as I haven’t been able to find a partner to do them with me, and I lack the skill/gear/uber build to do the 2-man instances solo with my rogue.
My primary alt is a level 28 cleric, and while I enjoy playing him, I don’t feel much incentive to keep playing. My rogue already did the same content, and while the cleric plays very differently from a rogue, that alone isn’t enough to keep me going. SWTOR claims to have a unique questline for every class from the start to the level cap. If true, that’ll be a big deal for me, as new content will keep me coming back for more with alts.
The end result is that my time in CoH and Rift is winding down just in time for SWTOR to release next month. I wouldn’t ask for anything different – that timing works great for me.