If you have to give credit to Blizzard for one thing above all else when it comes to their flagship MMO, it’s that they are completely willing to take drastic measures. Just when the old world was getting stale, they wiped it clean with the Cataclysm. And now, they are taking us into the past, to the world of Warcraft: Orcs vs Humans, and putting you on the battlefields you once looked down upon from overhead.
Check out the announcement trailer:
Personally, I’ve been absent from the World of Warcraft for quite some time. The Cataclysm, as awesome as the idea of erasing the world and rewriting it was, left me cold with it’s linear zones that I would always out-level before getting to the end, making every quest chain ending mini-boss a snooze-fest. Plus, I’m so far behind, I can’t play with my friends anyway… but this new expansion is going to solve part of that, but letting me boost a character (existing or new) to 90 so that I can fight side-by-side with the people who’ve been fighting all along.
So, consider me interested…
And with them revisiting the character models, I’m holding out hope that they’ll make a male undead model that stands upright without a hunch so that I can finally play Horde with everyone else… they probably won’t though, so it’ll still be humans and worgen for me. Sorry, Horde, until you get more races where the men stand erect, my heart will always belong to the Alliance.
And no, Blood Elves don’t count.
No, I’m not going to explain that further.
Anyway, even without an undead with a straight spine, this still looks to be an interesting thing. And I’m sure they’ll redo the talent trees for everyone again. And everyone will need to learn how to play all over again. And all of your gear will be obsolete in the new newbie zones. Yes, it’s looking like Blizzard may have finally built an on-ramp for new players that puts them in line with the old players.
Now, the only thing left to do is wait and see what they announce next.
As for Dragon Con 2014… looks like you’ve all got your work cut out for you learning new things for trivia, making costumes for the new expansion, and maybe we’ll get lucky and Blizzard will give us new ideas for new Darkmoon Faire events… wait and see…