There is something about the Tier system that has been bothering me for a while, it isn’t a big issue so I haven’t said anything about it but scrolling though the forum just now I came across one of Coltini’s mods (The tier requirement on classes one) and it got me thinking about the tiers a bit more. Specifically how they are viewed by the player and how they effect the gameplay that a player experiences.
So currently there is no way to view what tier your city is at on the hud, and hence the only way to know is to look for the statues, and maybe the more impressive tier 2 buildings. But as you can just save these as custom after you have got to tier 2 once then they aren’t so much as an indicator.
Back to the actual issue I’d like to discuss, there is really no mention of what tier your town is until the specific quest that allows you to “tier up” and after the quest is finished, again no mention of tiers. It currently feels like an excuse to add another quest to the game that has no baring on the rest of the game. It feels disjointed.
Along with the issue of not being mentioned before the “tier up” quest, a player has no indication of what tier they are. All other levels in the game start at apprentice or zero. So you would think you are tier 0. You then get a quest for tier 2 and you are like what happened to tier 1.
Another curiosity along the same lines is that all other levels in the game go up to 6. Are we going to see the same with tiers and what new gameplay features will being the higher tiers bring.
Personally I’d like to see the tier system as more of a guide to how to progress your civilisation with the player starting at tier 0 and some sort of basic tutorial like quest to get the player used to the game with the end result of the player becoming tier 1. From there, new building templates and the next tiers requirements can be given and used as a prompt to push the player in the right direction.
And finally, I’d like to see more integration of the tiers into the rest of the lore so that a player has a better understanding of what it means to be that tier. Currently I’m like, woo tier 2, cool. so what?