That's a very interesting point you bring up. One of the things I don't like about the Fields of Valor system is that you had to wait before doing another training session. I hope there's no limit on "how much content" you can do in one day.
Also, what I think they mean by 'completely story driven' is that the story will be a serious backbone to the game in terms of world exploration and content discovery. In games like WoW, you go anywhere and do anything that you please -- it's only linear in terms of zone levels. I envision MMOs that're story driven to guide you through the world through quests, cutscenes, and encounters, until it's completely explored. Then, you decide how to max your character from there, and you've gotten a taste of all the world has to offer; you've tried crafting, PvP (if it's a large enough system), encountered each mini game (should they exist), etc., all through the story. Once you "use up" the story, you have a lot to do in terms of CHARACTER progression while you wait for new, story-driven content to come out.
Exactly, and the only way I see this will work, if you have the game heavily dependant on the story, is either;
1. Input a lot of coc*blocks into the game so that you can’t finish all the stories/missions in one go, and since it’s a "mainly" story driven game there is nothing to-do then logoff. Example of a coc*block is maybe you can only have 1 shot at a mission/week and if you fail you need to wait x amount of time before trying it again ( aka Algalon in WoW, you could only try him 1 hour / week )
2 They will let you finish the stories in one go and try to feed you enough stories/missions that you always have missions/stories to-do even if you play 24/7. I really find this extremely hard to believe since the amount of time it takes to make good quality stories/mission is a lot lot longer than actually playing out the missions and complete them.
PS: The balance that FFXI has between mission/story content and non mission/story content is perfect IMO, they shouldn’t derivate from that. Edited, Jun 24th 2009 3:14pm by Maldavian