With the recent news that Lord of the Rings Online is loosening up some restrictions regarding class and race combinations, it seems to have re-sparked that old conversation about such artificial restrictions. While some MMOs allow you to play and race/class combo you like, others have withheld some of these.
My question today is, does it ever make sense for a studio to deny certain race/class combinations? Can we argue it from the perspective of in-game lore, where the combo simply doesn’t make sense in the world? Could we acknowledge that creating additional animations for all of the combinations is a lot of extra work? Or perhaps is it a shrewd move to place these restrictions initially so that they can be removed later for a shot of publicity and player goodwill?
What do you think?