The idea is that this is a longer cast time and that you can slowly start to spawn your family members. Now you can only be ever be a member of one family so it's important if you want to coordinate kind of constant party or PvE groups that you coordinate which families you're a part of so that you can summon out to different dungeons and whatnot. – Steven Sharif
My concern is that the divide that's present in having a largely non-fast travel based traversal for the world might be a very significant encumbrance for more casual oriented players. We can still maintain the game philosophy in my opinion of mitigating that large group traversal capability as long as we contain the fast travel method to a family type system, where you can't have people quickly dip out of the family and then add new ones and summon them, and the cool down period is quick enough where you can summon large amounts of people. – Steven Sharif
The summon ability in current design could not be used if the member being summoned was in combat, corrupted, or in an event (caravan battle, siege, war) and they would need to have their mats, gatherables, or certs in their warehouse/storage not in their inventory. Otherwise the summon would fail. But as I said, this will all be tested. – Steven Sharif
I will not allow a system in place that circumvents the resource or region mechanics. Nor will an implementation be allowed that could abuse my “anti-Zerg” desires. The testing for this feature will be present in A2 and I will always err on the side of caution when examining the data we collect around this mechanic. – Steven Sharif
- Rank 1
- Long duration cast (30 seconds to a minute) with an approximate 30 minute cooldown that slowly summons each of your family members to your location (up to eight members). Players cannot be summoned in the following cases:
- This will be tested in Alpha-2.
- Rank 2
- Rank 3
- There is a minimum length of three for a character name.