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Old 2012-03-13, 11:16 AM   [Ignore Me] #1
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Uncapturable Foothold / Sactuary Hexes - Pro's and Cons


Has it been confirmed (or spotted in the video) that each continent has an uncapturable foothold/sanctuary for each empire?

I just had a thought about how that could be a limiting thing - and in which case I think it would be better if they weren't included.

If, for instance, the VS foothold is in the north, the NC in the Southwest, and the TR in the Southeast, then that defines what's territory is likely to belong to each empire most of the time - because even if they get pushed back, logically, they'll try to expand back into the hexes surround their stronghold, and then the hexes nearest those, and then the base nearest to that, and so on.

In other words - each faction will nearly always retain the same territory in the same part of the map, give or take a few hexes as the front line expands and contracts.

Without uncapturable sancturaries, an empire's territory could end up being anywhere. After a few weeks, you might find TR lost everything in the southeast, but established themselves in the Northwest, for instance. The NC could be more central but completely surrounded by the other two empires and trying to push out in all directions.

Of course - I'm not advocating that an empire can be destroyed, if one loses all of the territory, I would expect to see them go back to a space-based sanctuary/dropship (or fleet of them so you don't end up with 600 people in the same location at the same time - lagdeath!) from where people can arrange a co-ordinated infantry drop into any of the hexes on the continent; the enemy won't have a clue where that's going to happen, and its going to take them completely by surprise, allowing a faction to have a chance to re-establish itself in one or more hexes/bases.

I think this would help preserve some freshness so you had a chance to be fighting over any area of the map, not just a few well used hexes that form the front line for the majority of time.

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Old 2012-03-13, 11:20 AM   [Ignore Me] #2
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It has been confirmed, and you bring up an excellent point.

Part of the charm of Planetside (for the first year or two anyways), was that the battle always took place in a different area over a different number of bases. Sometimes your empire would be in the north, other times south, east or west.

With unconquerable strongholds you will definitely run into each empire holding the same territory.

Unless the strongholds switched once in a while like the broadcast gate system in the original.
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Old 2012-03-13, 12:05 PM   [Ignore Me] #3
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Yeah, I think this is a really good point actually. I know in PS1 there were times where we felt like we were always fighting the same battle over and over, and it does get a little annoying after a while.

The broadcast gate system from PS1 seemed to work fine, so maybe it'll be enough to somehow move the strongholds around every now and then?
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Old 2012-03-13, 12:21 PM   [Ignore Me] #4
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Originally Posted by DManTech View Post
so maybe it'll be enough to somehow move the strongholds around every now and then?
This is the most obvious solution to address the concern that maybe the fights will start to get stale. On one side, you may start to feel like certain territory is "yours" and will fight to defend it that much more fiercely, or we may end up fighting over the same strategic spots all the time.

Apart from swapping the footholds from time to time, the dynamic resources can also go a long way in keeping the "where" of the battles fresh. In any case, simply considering the territory capture system, the fights will be far more fresh far longer than they were in Planetside 1 when it was simply hop from 1 base to another with the occasional bridge battle.
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Old 2012-03-13, 12:21 PM   [Ignore Me] #5
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Couldn't agree more with this thread, and I doubt many people will disagree with it.
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Old 2012-03-13, 01:14 PM   [Ignore Me] #6
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Pretty much, and I don't know of too many people that actually liked the uncapturable foothold idea since it was described. PS1 had the same problem to a degree with the gateways, and continents that were closer to their Sanctuary.

I still think the best idea is off Planet Sanctuary space ships. Letting you deploy by drop pod like the old HART. The only footholds being the bases you take over.
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Old 2012-03-13, 01:22 PM   [Ignore Me] #7
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Originally Posted by Sifer2 View Post
Pretty much, and I don't know of too many people that actually liked the uncapturable foothold idea since it was described. PS1 had the same problem to a degree with the gateways, and continents that were closer to their Sanctuary.

I still think the best idea is off Planet Sanctuary space ships. Letting you deploy by drop pod like the old HART. The only footholds being the bases you take over.
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Old 2012-03-13, 01:41 PM   [Ignore Me] #8
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Originally Posted by Sifer2 View Post
Pretty much, and I don't know of too many people that actually liked the uncapturable foothold idea since it was described. PS1 had the same problem to a degree with the gateways, and continents that were closer to their Sanctuary.

I still think the best idea is off Planet Sanctuary space ships. Letting you deploy by drop pod like the old HART. The only footholds being the bases you take over.
Then what if one Empire somehow loses all of its bases?
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Old 2012-03-13, 01:47 PM   [Ignore Me] #9
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Originally Posted by Gogita View Post
Then what if one Empire somehow loses all of its bases?
That empire gets access to space based drop pods, they re-cert, re-equip, organise between themselves and then can choose to drop into ANY hex on the continent from their "space fleet".

Nobody knows quite when, where or how many people are going to drop where, so it will give them a chance to re-establish in one or more hexes and start taking back territory.

Needless to say I think they'd have to be restricted to infantry and MAX units from space, so first port of call would be taking control of a vehicle terminal.
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Old 2012-03-13, 01:54 PM   [Ignore Me] #10
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I think you underestimate how often fights occurred at certain bases between certain factions in Planetside 1. Of course it is to be expected that each empire will have their "home turf" which they are more apt to defend. That was always a risk you had to consider when attacking another empire's home territory: they always knew the lay of the land better than you.

That being said, I believe some PS2 staff has eluded to the fact that it will take significantly longer to capture a base which you have no connecting hexes. Taking that into consideration, I can foresee territory being exchanged in a circular fashion around the map, because recapturing the cap point that's next to your sanctuary will take an almost inordinate amount of time (maybe an hour or so). This will discourage people from constantly taking back their home foothold, unless it becomes a last resort.
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Old 2012-03-13, 02:44 PM   [Ignore Me] #11
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Originally Posted by Kipper View Post
That empire gets access to space based drop pods, they re-cert, re-equip, organise between themselves and then can choose to drop into ANY hex on the continent from their "space fleet".

Nobody knows quite when, where or how many people are going to drop where, so it will give them a chance to re-establish in one or more hexes and start taking back territory.

Needless to say I think they'd have to be restricted to infantry and MAX units from space, so first port of call would be taking control of a vehicle terminal.
This causes massive imbalance problems. Any hex they own or any hex next to a hex they own works better. In the event of not owning anything, THEN they can hit any hex.

Otherwise you're just going to completely eliminate Galaxy play and flying in to drop bases, might as well just drop all the inf in pods.
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Old 2012-03-13, 02:48 PM   [Ignore Me] #12
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Very good points to the OP. I've had concerns about permanent footholds ever since I heard about them. I really don't feel like they are a good idea in the grand scheme of things.

I guess one way to counter it is having one resource that is useful to TR.. then having that resource be spread out between NC and VS territories and vice versa. But with that you need to make sure resources are really a good reason to fight.
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Old 2012-03-13, 02:55 PM   [Ignore Me] #13
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Without being able to drive the faction off of a continent, I feel that a lot of the real persistence will be lost. I think right now, after a week or two, the battles are going to all play out almost identical because the enemy will always be coming from the same direction.

Beta will prove that and probably force them to make some change.
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Old 2012-03-13, 02:58 PM   [Ignore Me] #14
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If we must have uncapturable foothold on map, let them be 6 on each map. You can have more than one, but you cant lose last one. That way you will fight for them too, and your base could be moving around.
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Old 2012-03-13, 03:37 PM   [Ignore Me] #15
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Originally Posted by Skitrel View Post
This causes massive imbalance problems. Any hex they own or any hex next to a hex they own works better. In the event of not owning anything, THEN they can hit any hex.
I was suggesting that you ONLY get the 'space drop' option when you have no territory at all.

Otherwise I agree - if you were to allow the mechanic at other times, it would have to be restricted only to an adjacent hex to one you already own. I'd say restrict it to to one that you do already own, but since you can probably spawn there anyway - what would be the point?
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