Of course the big news Thursday from Gamescom was Trion’s announcement of a new Calling–the Primalist.
I can’t say the name jumps out at me as being the coolest name for a calling ever, but then it’s hard to follow up the likes of Mage, Cleric, Warrior, and Rogue. I mean there’s not much left after those four. Bureaucrat? Astronomer? Primalist is as good as anything. Although it doesn’t quite sound like something that channels animal spirits.
I haven’t had much incentive to log into Rift for a while, so it’s nice to see something that sounds intriguing. The new Focus mechanic looks cool. I liked playing a RuneKeeper in LotRO and I imagine this is very similar. I can easily see myself leveling a brand new character from 1 to 65 using this new calling. Maybe this will finally be the Defiant that I get to max level. (I have four Guardians at 60+ but I don’t think I’ve yet passed 40 on a Defiant character.)
From the video it looks like the primary weapons are going to be dual maces and a giant hammer. I like using a giant hammer on a Cleric for melee, but I don’t much like casting spells while holding a giant hammer. Most likely I’d pick dual maces.
Now we just have to wait for it to be released.
I think Blizzard announced something about their Rift-clone on Thursday too, but that news was buried under the hype over the Primalist.