you need a reward to play a game a longer time? mount and blade / nw servers are still not empty and you dont get a shiny blinky badge for an million hours in game. (insert contrary belief than these start and ending comments here) but very useless. haha
It's not useless as the concept has worked in thousands on games. You might very well be an optimist about the game, but I'm the pessimist and I don't want this game to share the same fate as eg, Of Kings and Men.
Sure, we got some M&B: NW regiments ready to go over to this game, but that is, if this game also has something to give to public players which M&B: NW doesn't already got.But don't throw public players importance under the bus. These regiments gets their recruits from somewhere, that is a public server where players buying this game expect to try it out before maybe dedicating themselves to a regiment.
These public players has no ''1aLgr_Lt_Ewoksson'' to put in their names (Yes, that's a player made player progress in one way or another.)
You can't come here with an attitude like ''M&B:W - NW'' didn't have it so why should we?''-way of looking at things, because what do you want? Do you want a better game than NW or do you want a replica?
In that case, go play NW instead, because if this game is going to be an exact replica, then no-one will simply bother buying and switching from M&B:W - NW to HF:NAW.
We should all contribute with ideas to make this a lasting game, and not a dying green-light game from the start.
As I've said twice before. Reason why WoW continued to be so addicting, just like CoD, BF, etc, and as of lately DayZ, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds / H1Z1 is because player progress / rewards.
Now, I am not implying this game have to follow any of those games footsteps with micro-transactions, P2W-concepts, trade-able stuff, etc. But to at least keep an open-mind that the market has changed, and the players has too.
I'm a frequent player of Squad and ARMA which doesn't track progress, and I do play a lot of singleplayer games which has no progress for other than yourself to see. So don't call me out.