Crowfall raises $2M in crowdfunding, demolishes the holy trinity

    
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Crowfall continues to rake in hefty amounts of donations, as the title just crossed the $2 million threshold for crowdfunding to date. More than 19,000 fans have helped to fill Crowfall’s coffers, both from its Kickstarter campaign and subsequent website sales.

A new developer diary about the game’s Centaur Legionnaire ends up being more about the structure of the game than the class’ role itself. And at the core of Crowfall’s combat approach? The demolition of the industry-standard holy trinity.

“We’re building a different game,” the team stated, going on to explain while the established holy trinity makes for interesting and varying gameplay, Crowfall’s design needs to differ because the game won’t scale numerically. Instead of worrying about big numbers and narrow roles, players will need to master a skillset that can be used in a changing situations on the battlefield.

“With the Legionnaire, we tried to make him a hybrid role, a tank/support archetype that was a solid tank (though not as solid as the Knight), highly mobile (which makes sense, given his nature), and to give him a small number of tools that he could use to facilitate team-based play at the tactical level,” ArtCraft explained.

The studio also released a thank-you video and a pair of art videos covering Centaurs that you can watch below.

Source: ArtCraft press release, Crowfall
06/16/2015 2:05:45 PM EDT: Updated with the thank-you video.
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MetaDune
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Vindictus and diablo 3, while a tons of fun, have almost no teamwork since every character can dps, tank and heal

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Edany (AmberACurtis) 
Agreed.  When everyone can do any role, what you get is a bunch of DPS-types with tricks bum-rushing mobs.  No strategy, no cooperation needed.  Just more solo play while we pretend to play together (a la Rift’s rifts).

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karmamule

MetaDune
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There’s plenty of games that do trinty, echo of souls, GW2, blade and soul, pso

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Edany (AmberACurtis) True, there is nothing wrong with the trinity… except that it’s boring as hell and done to death. At this point *anything* other than the trinity is refreshing to see.

MetaDune
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If you give players all roles its basically pso1 lol

karmamule
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karmamule

::::::;gets out large axe::::::::
Why yes, I do…..

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Edany (AmberACurtis) I could not agree more. Nothing I could say would add anything of value so I will just leave this happy donkey here to underline my head nodding.

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wjowski MetaDune Styopa Never said all sports should be football but most team sports have roles. This is why the Trinity system works so well and you’re not going to get any better of a setup like how football, basketball, etc setup isn’t going to get any better because that’s the best setup.

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And here’s where they lost me. Everyone bashes on the Trinity as something that should have to be done away with – every man (or woman) should get to be their own island in order to make things “fun”. But I’ve seen the results of that … *side-eyes GW2*, and it was a flipping mess of proportions I don’t even want to think about.
There’s nothing wrong with the trinity.
There, I said it. If a role wasn’t fun, there were other roles to choose from. I personally found that I loved healing. I love being a PvP healer in particular. It makes me sad to constantly see that the average MMO player today would happily erase my favorite role all together simply because they didn’t enjoy it. 

Let’s not forget that the Trinity served another purpose here outside of personal role preference. It served as a social construct. Despite healers supposedly being scarce – healers needed tanks, and both tanks and healers needed dps. It was fun to socialize, meet new people to fulfill their purpose within a group, get better with old friends, etc.

It wasn’t always perfect or easy, but it was a shit ton better than flipping back and forth in between stances, doing everything myself simply because I can. In my opinion, there were actually quite a few things that old school MMOs got right, and the Trinty – for as much as everyone wants to hate on it or deny it – was one of them.