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Poll: Expansion after the end of the story or in the middle


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  1. 1. Would you prefer the expansion takes place in the middle of the game or after the end of the story in the core game?

    • After the end of the story in the core game
      65
    • In the middle of the game
      29
    • No preference
      18


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I am curious which most people prefer: For the expansion to take place after the end of the story in the core game or in the middle of the game. I prefer for it to take place after the end of the story.

 

 

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It strongly depends on exactly what content is in the expansion. The White March Part II's story is severely undermined if you play it after beating the main campaign and already know the twist. It gives the player a context that their character is required to be blissfully unaware of.

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Hey there, could the option "no preference" be added to the poll, please? :)

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In the middle, like TotSC or White March.

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No preferrence.

 

Usually I'd say after the end of the game. Because deviating from main quest in the middle of it, would detrimently affect the feel of urgency that most main quests try to build up. But Obsidian did really well with both White March expansions. So..

 

No preferrence. (Just let it be the same character).

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End definitely, the middle has dire repercussions for narrative.

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No preference for me, which really should be added to the poll. :/

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 I liked PoE a lot more after the release of WM. It really opened up the game world and added possibilities and a sense of agency.

 

 My preference would be to have it available during the game with the option of continuing to play after the main quest so that people who don't want to break up the story have that option.

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I'd like it to be at the end, continuing the story further but at this day and age accessibility is more important for the devs/publishers/"most/casual" players. It can be done in CDPR's way, meaning you can start the expansions either before or after the end of the main story; while that approach takes player progression into account and reacts whether the player has finished the main story or not, it doesn't necessarily further the story, it rather tells a different story with loose ties to the main story. Sooo while I prefer furthering the story, I don't think its viable(optimal? :D) for "them" any more. 

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No preference, but an expansion that happens after the end of the game only makes sense if there is actually more to tell about your character. If the game reaches a satisfactory conclusion, I have no interest in extra content that feels tacked on for the sake of extra content.

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I'd prefer after, didn't like how high level White March was put into the game - you can go there and not be trampled around the time of Act II ending, but there was no real incentive to do so because main story urgency spurs you on to Twin Elms, but White March is on the other side of the map. So if it absolutely must be in the middle of the story it must make sense to go there. 

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WM broke the flow of the game for me. I really, really wanted to go there but I didn't wanna do the typical "get easy XP, super-OP items then return to stomp TwinElms" while the story urged me to finish the critical path. But that doesn't mean I am opposed to having an expansion in the middle. As a narrative-focused player I have no preference as long as it integrates into the critical path. So no preference

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I think end content expansions suit well with pretty linear games (fps, action rpg)

 

In open world games is better to do "middle" content for an overall bigger experience.

 

I would prefere a middle content for POE2

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No preference. When playing a "complete pack" I tend to like doing that content on my way to the end. But having already finished the base game, I then prefer to have that content occur after the main story.

​Maybe my preference is that it can be ambiguous and the order of play doesn't matter. But if there are significant changes to the end of the game, like party member deaths etc, then maybe it's best to occur earlier.

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