Wild West Online seems to be dropping FFA PvP in favor of faction-based PvP

Still bummed out about Wild West Online’s delay to 2018? Wait until you see the game’s latest dev blog! 612 Games doesn’t mention the delay but does go into detail about some of the bigger changes on the way.

For a start, the game seems to be shedding its free-for-all PvP stylings, as the developers are adding three factions. They’re saying it’s about roleplay flair, but as in other faction-based MMOs, you’ll be locked to grouping with just your same side, and you won’t be able to team kill – you’ll be able to fight just those on the other sides. That more or less puts an end to the game’s original plan to allow free-for-all PvP and looting hemmed in by merely a flimsy bounty system.

“Most Wanted Status is going to be removed from the game and replaced with other mechanics to prevent Kill On Sight style grieving,” 612 Games says. “So under no circumstances when you are killed will you lose your items except gold or quest/event related items such as relic artifacts etc.”

To whet PvP players’ appetites, the studio will be enhancing the game with faction wars, town control, and public PvP events, including a free-for-all PvP “Stagecoach Robber” event and an air-drop battle royale event dubbed “The Hot Air Balloon”.

The game will move toward skill trees, a more detailed economy, and easier-to-get-world-loot. Mounted horseback combat is still on the way, as are changes to mechanics like bank robberies, which proved to be too exploitable during testing.

In light of all those changes, including a pivot on PvP, that delay makes a lot more sense. The patch itself is expected to drop before the end of the year.

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Sorenthaz

Thank god. FFA only works when there’s some semblance of structure/balance but that takes so much time/resources to do because people will still find ways to exploit design flaws and play around the boundaries.

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Jdawg Playsgames

I still have hope that RDR2 will make it to PC

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Denice J. Cook

Good! Nothing kills a server faster than Free For All PvP, yeesh. With factions, at least someone around you *might* help you in a pinch, haha.

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Castagere Shaikura

Talk about an mmo i have zero interest in playing. Everytime i think about this game i think about the ugly racist history behind it.

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Jerry

LOL, racist?

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StonerMk2

I believe the troll above is baitin my good sir.

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Melissa McDonald

Better not play ANY historically-based MMO then.

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Kala Mona

Probably a good move, quite a few FFA sandboxes quickly degenerate to gankfests, doesn’t seem to matter how the devs try to prevent it. On the other hand, games like DAoC and Warhammer Online handled this relatively good.

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Veldan

DAoC / Warhammer are not what you should compare this to though. Seems to me it’s more like a WoW / Aion / RIFT / SWTOR kind of system.

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MrNastyButler

Kind of think it’s a less than good idea, but not a bad idea, to drop the free-for-all feel. But it’s a game that is still early in development and there is time to tune it properly.

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silverlock

Normally I like faction based pvp but in a wild west game it just makes no sense to me.

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Melissa McDonald

So no more Deputy/Bounty system, where Deputies lose their items if killed by an Outlaw?

Well this is certainly a game still being figured out, designed, and planned.

It’s beautiful and has lots of potential, I hope they figure it out and settle on a good system.

I’m glad they recognize there are a lot of RP people playing in the beta.

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Armsbend

I know games will always be about entertainment and as lowbrow as they come but it’s too bad no one could make a game where murder would be truly consequential. I think of my time in RDR and I killed what? a few hundred men? That would have made my character the most deadly man in the history of the american west by maybe…hundreds of men. No one has ever personally slayed hundreds of things in short time like video game men.

It’s funny how murder and games are so intertwined – with few exception.

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xanadox

Try albiononline
Ffa(except group/guild /aliance mates), full loot.
The key is gearing something you can afford losing.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

extremely lando voice: this deal…