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A way to revive interest in L2

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Everyone here on the forum appears to agree that the game is dying.  But there are thousands of people who would love to play the game but have been priced out of the market.  So why not try something different?  What does NCSoft have to lose?  Merge the current servers into one or two servers and let the whales continue to spend and battle with their high-level toons.  Open a new server for all those who can't afford to compete there.  This server would be completely separate from the other(s), with no transfers in or out.  It would have no L2Store (and no access to the web store), but a $20 (or $25 or $30, if necessary to make it profitable for NCSoft) monthly charge to play.  For the $20, give each player monthly the equivalent of the current prestige and destiny packs.  Make vitality so that it does not decline.  Carefully police to make sure no bots take advantage of the server.  Make all items available either in routine drops or special free events.  With a fixed cost most people could afford, I'll bet you'd have thousands of subscribers quickly.  A little advertising wouldn't hurt either.  L2 was the greatest game ever before the whales took over.  Why not bring back that which made it great, before shutting it down completely?  Again, with the game dying anyway, NCSoft has nothing to lose by giving this a try.  Anyone have any ideas on how to improve this new server, to make it better for the players and NCSoft?

I've noticed that NCSoft rarely if ever responds to suggestions here.  I'd really appreciate hearing their ideas about this one.  Please talk to us, NCSoft.

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Yidao    134

Something remotely like this might already be in the making.

Older players will maybe remember the MOBA-style Arena that was tested in Korea two years ago and got very good player feedback:
http://boards.rochand.com/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=1639#p33308

In the meantime the developers have taken heed of the feedback and come up with an improved version where for example party matching is not random but you can play with your friends. There is already a Russian version which is in Alpha Testing right now:
http://boards.rochand.com/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=2149#p38084
Here is a Twitch stream where you can see what the new version looks like:
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/265409099

Unlike in the original Korean version, where your main character was copied onto the battlefield server, this is a separate server where you can create a character of your choice. Like in Korea, everybody starts out at lvl 0 and with No-Grade equipment

Juji has practical experience with producering a MOBA-style game (MxM) and would be the expert here. Maybe he can post about the chances of an Arena server being set up at NCWest.

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Nsidia    0

nobody is going to pay 30$ USD a month for a 14 yo game. 10$ may be. Classic NA server would be better idea than another clone of existing game. Problem is that if you dont change anything regarding pay to win model, this new server will have its "whales" in no time. so you changed nothing.

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Lawman    115
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Try reading what he said again.   "It would have no L2Store (and no access to the web store)."  The whole point is to eliminate the pay to win model on the new server.  In that sense, it is a classic server.

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Farok81    2

What had they done to this game? OMG. I played this game more than 10 year ago in C4 and it was better than the current game. You dont own anything. You dont craft anything. You just kill monsters and make quest to level UP and get some pre-defined armor sets. I missed the old times when you work hard to craft a weapon with 60% success or look friends to kill a raid monster. Pls, bring the good stuff back again.

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LordDragnil    24
On 04.07.2018 at 5:11 AM, Nsidia said:

nobody is going to pay 30$ USD a month for a 14 yo game. 10$ may be. Classic NA server would be better idea than another clone of existing game. Problem is that if you dont change anything regarding pay to win model, this new server will have its "whales" in no time. so you changed nothing.

This amount should be divided into paypasses and exploration packs. Exploration packs should be useful for main character.

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