The weekly polls we run on our site are a great way of quickly gathering community sentiments. The actual participation numbers are however an underrated additional aspect. Because we have some significant fluctuation from week to week, indicating that certain topics are generally of more interest. Our poll about the next major feature in Neverwinter was one of those polls that completely blew up. It was the second best clicked one only trailing Huntgate. That’s enough reason for me to dissect the results a little bit and discuss what I think could make sense for the game in the future.
Everyone Loves New Classes
The poll first and foremost leaves no doubt that the community would love a new class. There’s nothing in the works as of right now because of resources and balancing woes, but if the devs ever think about a major addition, a new class should easily top the list. It should even be in line with their heavy focus on constantly bringing new players in. I guess many D&D folks would love to see their Monks and Druids in the game for example. A new class also always offers veteran players a new play style and more stuff to experiment with. And well, it’s about time since the last addition dates back to Module 6, which was released in freaking 2015!
So it might seem that it makes total sense to just focus on getting a new class ready. But unfortunately it’s not as simple. The balancing reasoning might sound like a boring broken record, but it’s totally valid. Unless the devs find parity amongst the stuff that’s currently in the game, how are they supposed to add another entity? I would go even further and say that they must commit to a global class role concept first. The current buff meta is a mess for many reasons and needs to be changed to something that’s more inclusive. The alternative would be making existing classes more flexible.
This unfortunately means that a new class, albeit topping our poll, might not actually happen in the foreseeable future.
This Is a PVE Game
I also do believe that the poll showed that Neverwinter is mainly a PVE game. The class addition wish is universal of course, but I didn’t expect the “true raid” being so much stronger than the PVP option. I personally wouldn’t mind one or the other as long as the devs add some sort of competitive mode. It’s what really could elevate the game. It draws audience to Twitch and generally creates more hype than running random Heroic Encounters in random adventure zones. Challenge is never repetitive. There’s a reason why thousands of people choose to watch raids failing at the same stage of the same boss for hours. Go figure. Campaign content is what keeps Neverwinter alive short-term, but true competitive modes have the potential to generate content forever.
For the same reason a revamped Foundry would be nice. But it seems like the community has abandoned any hope for that to happen.
I’d also like to give a honorable mention to player housing. Totally not my cup of tea, but you can’t deny that players would like to see it in the game. Having your own piece of property seems to matter. It’s not that I would argue against it, I just think that other stuff is more important right now. But it’s indeed a prominent MMO feature that the game is still missing.
Also missing is the ability to earn ZEN ingame, but that’s obviously not going to happen. It was honestly just one of those unrealistic options that we threw in the poll and I wonder how much of the votes have to do with the current blacklogs on multiple platforms. Making ZEN available for ingame abilities would make the AD exchange obsolete and generally mess with the economy too much. It is however interesting that players feel the premium currency should be more accessible.
Although being the overwhelming favorite in our poll, a new class is probably still a couple modules away. If I had to guess then I think the most realistic short-term additions from the poll are competitive modes. The Tales of Old event and K-Team challenge already add some elements for PVE, and I assume that we are also going to see the Neverwinter Combat League as soon as the devs feel comfortable with the state of class balance.
I by the way am not the only one picking up our poll as discussion topic. YouTuber Nova also dished out his ideas in the video I’ve attached below. Have fun watching!
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