Dev Watercooler – The Role of Role
The correct decision is a melding of model 3 and model 5. Every "pure" DPS spec needs to become a hybrid, but not by getting a tank or healer spec, but by being given a true fourth role.
this i believe has merit.
i for one would not mind being given the option to be pure utility rather than a dps with a few debuffs/buffs to throw into the swing so to speak.
As for roles, I think they'll always be necessary in these kinds of games. Diablo 3 has no roles and every MP game feels like a 4-man zerg. Even FPS games have roles now and have for quite a while actually. Of course, GW2 is trying to go role-less. We'll see how it goes, but I think EvE's model would actually work the best where you can fulfill any role but only one at a time and unless you're in your own home base you can't switch out on the fly (and that game has way more than 3 fleet roles).
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