'Hardcore Mode' of Sorts
So yeah, we now know that HOS is going to have some gamey features like 'heroes' and ranking and stats and all that (I can understand TW's will to bring more cash in)...so how about the option to exclude it all (including unbalancing any balanced weapons and things of that nature), and play in the raw environment of the original RO? I know people will mutate/mod/whatever to their liking but having it built in and standardized would be highly beneficial to the hardcore-realism sector of the RO fanbase...simply because of accessibility.
Why not just ignore the new features, you ask? Because all of that candy tempts everyone you're playing with to act differently. I much prefer everyone focusing on winning (or just enjoying the game in general), as you've probably read in my other posts by now. Plus it could get in the way of clan affairs.
TW, you can convince yourself that everyone's going to like your product, or you can cover both territories...nullifying the chance of losing a good slice of your base. There's no reason why you shouldn't do this. You have the time.