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MMO Travel: "Flavor" or Timesink?Follow

#1 Jun 13 2009 at 6:17 AM Rating: Good
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This is a thread to share your ideas about travel options in an MMO and what you would like to see in FFXIV.

Shortly before I stopped playing FFXI, the option to summon your own personal chocobo in the field was introduced. Prior to that, travel was limited to foot, chocobo rental, airship, Tele-<zone> spells, outpost warps, and a variety of options to return you to your homepoint.

Since I left FFXI, I've been exposed to various other methods of travel in other MMOs, most notably the option to summon people from anywhere in the world using a variety of options, typically requiring at least 2 other players to enable the summon.

I enjoy travel in an MMO to a certain extent. Automated travel is the perfect time for an afk to do other things, and less-than-automated travel helps to add to the sense of immersion and the feeling that you're playing a game contained within a vast virtual world. Where travel starts to become tedious is when you have a particular destination in mind and it takes forever to get there, made worse when you've got a party waiting on you and no option to summon is readily available.

So with a shiny new game on the horizon, what are your ideal travel options in an MMO?
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