As the launch train rounds the bend and heads into the station to pick up a few million passengers, one recent reveal by the Star Wars: The Old Republic team has a few people scratching their heads. I’m referring to the Legacy system, which was unveiled the same day as the NDA drop and a few other things, which has had the effect of burying it somewhat.
I’ve been mulling over what little info BioWare’s given us on this, and found that I’m siding with the folks who are a little (or more than a little) unsettled by it. Basically, the Legacy system is a way for all of your characters to contribute to a single XP pool that will eventually be rewarded with… uh, we don’t really know that. I’m guessing social items and whatnot. It also allows for the use of a single surname across all of your characters on that server, which does the double duty of providing a consistent identification for people who are alt-crazy and gives you a last name.
With me so far? Generally, I’m cool with this, but there’s a few problems lurking in the shadows as have been pointed out by several fans. To whit:
- Some people don’t want that single name of identification yet do want to enjoy the benefits of the points system.
- Roleplayers and others have a hard time figuring out how people from different species can share one last name (and they don’t necessarily want these people to be “related”)
- Because surnames are unique on a server, it’s going to be a race to get to them first (and if you come late to the game? Good luck!).
My beef is with #3, because all of the sudden BioWare’s turned my launch day plans from a leisurely exploration of the game into a rat race as I keep muttering prayers that nobody else will pick the last name I want before I get to the point in the game where I can grab one. So now there’s a layer of stress where it wasn’t before, and I’m not thankful for it.
Obviously, I could either just eschew the Legacy system outright (but I, like you, am fond of rewards) or just have a page full of last names at the ready and go with whatever. These little things matter, because whenever there are rewards and ways to grab a unique customization for your character, people are all over it.
I’d much rather BioWare give us a way to either (a) reserve our surname in advance or (b) strike the “unique” condition from it so that we don’t have to compete with others. Or, how about just being able to create that surname at character creation like other MMOs?
It’s just a name. It shouldn’t be stressful.