Shortly before I went away for two weeks, I posted a little rant about a statement Drysc made regarding how a new faster leveling curve will affect hunters and their pets.
Several people (including bulldazhor in this comment and Zeemboka of Moonrunner, in e-mail) let me know that while I was gone, Drysc posted another short note on the topic of pet leveling — and this one sounds a bit more hopeful. Drysc said:
We have plans to adjust how quickly a hunter’s pet will level if there’s a large gap between it and the hunter’s level. However, it’s still just a plan and not something we’ve implemented and thus are not ready to discuss it.
On the one hand, this is very hopeful! Anything that cuts down on the time it takes to level a pet will be welcome, and some sort of sliding scale that helps you get a pet into the useful range quickly but still leaves the companiosnhip of pets intact sounds like a good plan.
On the other hand … if they are at the planning stage now, it seems unlikely that this will make it out at the same time as the coming experience changes. So we may be in for a rough few months while all the bits come together. And this doesn’t really address the problems with keeping two pets leveled at once (especially after the experience changes) — since those pets will be fairly close to you in level.
But at least we know they are thinking about the problem. That’s a start!
Edit: Ack! I managed to miss Mugungo on Dunemaul, who also e-mailed to let me know about this. Sorry, Mugungo!