Hello guys. Though I don't get a Backer Beta permission, I watched many of yous playing the Beta on Twitch and I noticed the greatsword weapon models in PoE.
Well, generally speaking, I think those "greatswords" are too short that just like bastard swords. And more imporantly, they're almost swords in the mid-medieval era style, since the world of PoE is reach the technology level of late Middle Ages or even early modern era and there are so many Renaissance era style weapons( such as arquebus, estoc and rapier) and armours(such as paladin's brest-plate) i the game, shouldn't the greatswords of PoE looks like the zweihanders or flamberges in 16th century?
Pretty sure the greatswords are inspired by historical longswords, not zweihanders. Also, most flamberges were actually rapier variants.
Well, I do not mean that I aganist the longsword-like greatsword, I just think that zweihander-like weapon should also in the game refer to the technology level of the PoE world.
While that's a different matter, you do need to see that zweihanders were military weapons used for breaking helmets from behind the very front line, or to break up pike formations. It's not entirely known how they were used (few sources and all that), but it is known they weren't really used much in individual duels or in skirmish combat, which is what this game is showing us. I honestly don't mind leaving them out, and I do think it's too late to try and get them in now. The art assets would be quite expensive I would think, not to mention animations.
I don't think this is a reason. All weapons are "military weapons" which are not made for duel or skirmish combat especialy, except for the rapier. For example pike a weapon use in the battle array not for duel, should it be cut from the game?
Though I know it may be too late to talk about this, too.
That is a fair point, and I was actually rather disappointed that they chose to include something called a pike in the game. However, when actually shown, the pike is hardly renaissance military pike length. It's more of a long spear than a pike, which frequently reached 15-20 feet. Given this, I do feel that a greatsword inspired by the historical longsword is a much better fit than the huge zweihanders.
Something to bear in mind regarding all this is that the monsters in PoE place different demands on adventurers. I would actually like to see zweihanders in the game (maybe as an expansion) as specialised weapons for killing large creatures, like ogres, dragons, wyverns, what have you. I think that would be a great fit and give a really cool spin to things.