Yoseful Mallad, on 14 May 2013 - 04:25 AM, said:
and again... I think you are misunderstanding me. We have the Blackjack this month, the Orion next month and the Flea following that. That leaves mech #20 (probably the Banshee) for an August release. If we don't have a proper working matchmaking system or weight class match system by that time with CW following in September, we have bigger problems.
Following Mech #20 in August we still have at least 5 more IS Mechs ready to go. With IS mech #21 (probably another light or medium) to be released in September along with CW. When we finally get around to another Assault mech (like I said... Probably another 100 ton Mech) it will most likely be around December when that happens. And I'll say it again and with more passion this time.
IF by December we don't have a proper working matchmaking system or weight class match system, getting a second 100 ton mech is by far not going to hurt the game much as by that time the game will have far greater issues to worry about than a new 100 ton mech lol.
I'm also going to add that I understand your point on a lighter more functional Assault mech like the Victor. Lets not forget.. While not exactly an Assault, the 75 ton Orion is no push over and will easily put up a fight with these larger Assault mechs. The Orion is outfitted like an Assault as is lol. And I personally would take an Orion over a Victor any day.
No, I understood you fine. And this game has plenty of other designs to delve without getting more top heavy. Put out more 100 tonners, more 100 tonners will be in every drop, even if with a weight matching system they have to wait and wait to get a drop (and QQ on the forums about it). Hence, since people will inevitably gravitate to Assaults, lets not salt the game with a dozen 100 tonners.
(At least not yet. Would much rather see the Cyclops, Zeus, Victor, Mauler, etc than another 100 tonner, ESPECIALLY since at this time pretty much ALL the 100 Tonners beside the Atlas are pretty unit or faction specific (King Crab is ComStar, Imp, Annihilator and Marauder II (Also unseen, but just sayin) are Dragoons only), Devastators are Davion Prototypes, and most of the rest (Thunderhawk, Pillager, etc) are years in the future.)
The last thing this game needs is to get the same power creep that the previous titles had, which was a rush to Assault Mech. (well that and more jumpers until they find a way to mitigate Poptarting... it's usually beatable... just bloody boring playing match after match with DDC. Hex Stalker. PopTart).
Weight matching, unless we end up with some drop formats that also LIMIT weight, will only be a partial fix.
Also, if we get BOTH the Orion AND the Victor? I hope you do choose the Orion... will make hunting you with my Victor (similar hardpoints, ability to carry better armor, AND the mobility boost of jumping) that much more fun!