Little info on this topic for you guys that i found.
Ten Ton Hammer: How big a role will equipment play on a character’s power? Are we talking about a gear-centric game or will a player’s skill play more of a role than the actual equipment they have?
Drew Clowery: Obviously, gear is going to be important. I’m going to quote Scott Hartsman, who told me right after I got here something very interesting. He said that if the game has loot in it, the loot is going to be important. So, we definitely feel that that is the case. Loot is an important part of our game, and so it has to have an important impact upon the characters. That said, it’s not completely overwhelming. For things like raids, coordination and everybody working together and know what they’re supposed to be doing are more important than the gear you brought. We don’t design encounters to be gear checks. We design them to see if you can get together and do this. Maybe there’s increasing difficulty, so you can’t do the toughest things in the game in your brand new level 50 gear. Most of it is focused on coordination and learning to work together. One of the best examples that I can give you is that we did a PvP playtest recently. I killed somebody who was 7 levels higher than me because my spec was very good against his class. I was playing an archer and he was a mage. I knew what I was doing, and he wasn’t as familiar with what he was doing, so there’s definitely a strong element of skill in the game.
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