Wednesday, Bashiok, stellar Community Manager for Blizzard, posted a nice story about why they are restricting flight in the new expansion, Warlords of Draenor to patch 6.1. It is very nicely written but I think, has some fundamental flaws with it. Not in the grammar or structure, or anything like that. Some of the ideas as to why it’s “needed”. Let’s break it down shall we?
No flying while leveling has been the case during Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, and Mists of Pandaria. – Bashiok
I believe flying was available in Wrath at level 77. Which in my opinion was perfect. I’d love to hear an explanation why they moved from that model.
Flying allows you to escape or enter combat at-will. – Bashiok
So does Stealth, Camouflage, Feign Death, Invisibility and Shadowmeld. Should we restrict those to 6.1?
Bashiok then goes on to note that the maps would have to get bigger because we would fly through the zones much quicker. With all due respect, that is pretty weak.
There are reasons they want to restrict flight, reasons which they don’t want to come out and say. 1. Artificially gate content. Basically slow us down so the leveling world feels more populated. 2. Make the world “more dangerous”. As if that equates to a funner experience. For some people it will. For most, they will ride through packs of mounts and fight only when necessary. 3. More targets for ganking. I could be off base here, but I really don’t think so.
The thing I don’t get is, flying puts people out in the world. So after many players get to 100, what incentive do they have to go out on a ground mount? Most likely, they will be in their Garrison or in a dungeon/Battleground queue.
I’m fairly addicted to WoW at this point. When my sub runs out, I play on my trial account. It inspires me. Reconnects me with how it was when I first started. I blog about WoW, as you can see. I want what’s best for the game. I am all for restricting flight on your first character to the level cap. Let them unlock it for the rest. Beyond that, I feel it’s very restricting and hampering how I played the game from Wrath to Mists. I didn’t like no flying until 90, I understand why they did it though. I didn’t feel any more sense of danger because I was grounded. I don’t understand why they didn’t open it up for alts later on, but at least you could unlock it at 90, on your terms.
Waiting until 6.1 just feels like a strong arm move to repress the way we enjoy the game. I am not a fan of those tactics and I might, for the first time since I have been playing Warcraft, decide to delay my purchase of the expansion based on that principle. An intelligent consumer votes with their wallet. I hope I have the willpower to do just that.