The Wildstar combat and PVP teams held an AMAA (Ask Me Almost Anything) on Reddit earlier this week, and there was a fair amount of activity. As an old man, this Reddit thing is confusing to me, with it's arbitrary ordering of things and such - so I went in and pulled out all the developer responses and the posts they were responding to. I think I got everything. I think I have it formatted in a way that is coherant and easy to read. If you think adding some formatting to the Carbine responses would help let me know in the comments.
The item that drew the most interest was the confirmation that there will be a cross server group finder for both PVE and PVP at launch. This is one of those very sticky issues.
On one side of the argument there is this high minded ideal of building a community on your server and being a part of that. with friendships and enmities. Recognizing key players on your server both in your faction and against is cool. It makes the server feel a bit like a small community, like a high school in a lot of ways. What these players think a cross server matchmaking system does is create a anonymous environment where you are thrown together with strangers, say nothing social, go through the dungeon or battleground collect your spoils and move on. The only time you ever get group interaction is when one group member is angry at another for a perceived lack of skill or some sort of greed.
On the other side of the argument is statistics and a desire to play the game. On the Statistics side a larger player base has a much better possibility of matching appropriate groups of players together for content. For PVP this means a smaller skill gap between the lowest and highest player in the group and on the PVE side it means an easier time filling all group roles. The desire to play the game refers to the idea that sitting in town hitting a LFG general chat macro is not engaging game play and while someone may want to run a dungeon they may not want to stand around in town for 30 minutes waiting for the opportunity. They would like to get out in the world and do things like questing or resource collection, or work on their house, or who knows what else. That is efficiency.
I may do a longer post on this subject in the future, for now, here is the AMAA, hit up the subreddit if you want to see the whole thing including non-developer responses to the developer responses - follow this link to the post in the Wildstar Subreddit. My edited version follows after the cut.
[–] CRB_Bardic PvP Lead