The Daily Grind: Does New World need mounts?

    
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Earlier this week, we ran a Daily Grind on walking in MMOs, and I happened to mention New World as a game where walking is basically slow-running, and there is no fast-running. I’ve heard that the game originally had an even slower movement speed back during testing, which makes my eyeballs start to twitch because holy crap, it’s already so slow. I’m already missing mounts. And I’m not alone. RPS recently ran a piece with the headline I’m sorry to say it New World, but you need mounts, mate, and the author is right.

I do not think all MMORPGs need mounts. City of Heroes, for example, never had mounts, and I don’t miss them at all. You know why I don’t miss them? Because traveling in that game on foot is already a dream. I can super-speed, super-jump, fly, and teleport my way around the world, and that’s better than mounts. It also has portals and trains and ferries and all kinds of other tools for allowing players to get where they are going.

But New World does not have most of these things, outside of a basic cooldown inn teleport and more expensive teleports, the currency for which you just know is going to end up in the cash shop. And so, when my duo partner and I want to meet up, we spend half of our gametime slow-running, usually though beautiful scenery that we’ve already seen dozens of times. Sometimes I want to stop and pick herbs. But sometimes I don’t, and I don’t really have that option here.

Maybe it’s planned for a future update, the way Guild Wars 2 did it, but Guild Wars 2 didn’t need them, so they felt like an amazing bonus when they turned out to the the best in the genre. Here, well, I’d settle for a basic horse like the ones I could buy as the stable as a newbie in Ultima Online 24 years ago.

What do you think – does New World need mounts?

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Lunganor

I’ve been loving the long walks through the wilderness. It reminds me of the old school games where travel was necessary. And I’m constantly getting sidetracked by views or skinning or a metal ore over there… I’m loving New World. And it just launched, I can just imagine the potential it has.

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TheRealYoshihito

Devs have already said mounts are coming. They wanted the map to get a bit bigger though.

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Mallus

Yes

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Anstalt

I would say it is purely down to what the devs want to achieve.

A lack of a mount makes the game world feel much bigger, plus it forces you to spend more time connecting with your environment which can increase immersion. It’s also a tactical thing which could be important to the design of PvP.

On the other hand, mounts are extremely useful and can cut down on “wasted” time. This could increase engagement with more action orientated players.

I don’t know which New World is aiming for or what it needs, so I can’t say whether they are needed or not. from what I experienced, I would say that it doesn’t need mounts and that adding mounts would detract from the overall game experience. But then, im a bit old school, the modern mmo audience may well demand mounts so they can get to the action that much quicker.

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Bereman99

A lack of a mount makes the game world feel much bigger

A feeling immediately undercut by the ease of teleporting.

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Cavalier Remix

Others have already mentioned it below, but the game makes it pretty clear early on that there are no “beasts of burden” on the island, so we’re encouraged to be careful we don’t throw out our backs when traipsing around and/or doing manual labor.

If they were to double, triple, or in some cases quadruple the number of wayshrines in each zone, and lower (or remove) the prohibitive cost to teleport, it would go a long way in lessening the need, or at least the clamor, for mounts.

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Bryan Correll

no “beasts of burden” on the island

How about a carriage pulled by turkeys?

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squid

Or people? Slavery would be era-appropriate.

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TheRealYoshihito

Devs have confirmed mounts are coming. The lore in game was a placeholder to explain the lack of domesticated animals though one of them mentions that all may not be lost.

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Hikari Kenzaki

It doesn’t really need mounts and I’m pretty sure any manner of organic mount is against the lore of the place.
Still, it’s one of the loudest complaints, so it’s going to happen.

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TheRealYoshihito

Devs confirmed they would add mounts about a year ago.

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Arktouros

Probably not, but that’s not going to stop people from asking. They ask for them in every game without mounts. As you pointed out GW2 didn’t need mounts with large numbers of way points and it never stopped people from asking for them long before Path of Fire came along. Now look at the game, you basically just skip everything by using your Skyscale or Griffon to glide/fly over everything and bypass it all as you cross an entire zone in a few minutes.

Personally I’m not a fan, but I started in an era where travel was meaningful in MMOs. I mean choosing to be a Druid with teleport in EQ was a huge or setting up the right Marks in Ultima could make you a global player instead of just a local one. That’s not to say I’m totally opposed to the idea, as mounts with small play spaces and auto queues and teleports works great for a lobby style title I play such as Destiny 2 but it’s not really something I’m looking for in a MMO where I want a huge world to explore and get around in.

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squid

And so, when my duo partner and I want to meet up, we spend half of our gametime slow-running

Well, if you only have 20 minutes to play, is it even worth meeting up?

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Bruno Brito

I’m honestly getting tired of MMOs launching without core features so they can hype-up and monetize said features.

Mounts are a staple. They shouldn’t be a highlight of a xpac or a be-all-end-all feature defining patch. The way traveling is done in New World for me is bad game design.

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Mallus

^This

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bels

A lot of people claim mounts would ruin world pvp. But to be frank, I think the travel times as they stand do more against world pvp than mounts would. If I have to walk for like 20 minutes to arrive at the point where I was last ganked by a group, I simply won’t flag .