I was interested in checking out the new GW2 Feature Pack until I read Zubon's warning. Apparently you have to re-do and re-learn all your characters after you login.
I suppose I should have expected it, given the complete restructuring of the trait-lines. But facing the cold, hard reality of having to re-learn your class from the ground up is pretty daunting. Especially when you haven’t thought about GW2 traits in ages.
For most of the past year, I have only logged in, gone to a place, and done a thing. Not once have I changed my gear or traits in that time. I couldn’t even tell you which trait lines my necromancer used. (Not that it matters now because they’re gone. But I can’t even approximate what it used to be.) Now I have to sit down and read all the tool tips and try to puzzle out what sounds good and what doesn’t. Usually that’s a process that you do gradually over the course of leveling your character from 1 to 80. Now I’ve got to do it all at once.
It almost feels like a character wipe. In the span of one blog post, I’ve gone from looking forward to seeing the changes to totally dreading logging in again.
Rift occasionally reset your soul points when they made significant class changes. That was a pain, too. I recall that when I first logged in after they released the Storm Legion souls, it took me a long time to figure out how to re-spend those points. It’s possible I still have some builds that are devoid of points to this day.
Blah. What a bummer. Maybe I’ll try this weekend. Or maybe I’ll uninstall the game and be done with it.