World of Warcraft: No flying in Draenor, perhaps forever

World of Warcraft player pilots are officially grounded for the indefinite future.

Lead Designer Ion Hazzikostas said that while Blizzard was originally looking at turning flight on for Draenor, the studio has decided the drawbacks of flight outweigh the positives. He said that it made the world feel smaller and came at the cost of eliminating “targeted exploration.”

“At this point, we feel that outdoor gameplay in World of Warcraft is ultimately better without flying,” he said. “We’re not going to be reintroducing the ability to fly in Draenor, and that’s kind of where we’re at going forward.”

Source: Polygon via Blizzard Watch. Thanks to Bob for the tip!
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jauffins
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jauffins

Aniayaa 
LOOOL

Vladamyr
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Vladamyr

seemsthatway98 Vladamyr You seem like a dipshit.  That’s an opinion that’s probably a fact.

Aniayaa
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Aniayaa

Great!  Good luck with that Blizz.  Cya.

KenFromChicago
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KenFromChicago

CITY OF HEROES managed to include flying in all its zones. As for WoW, if you want “targeted exploration”, just make sure areas are too tough for characters too low of a level to land for a long time–much like land exploration.

seemsthatway98
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seemsthatway98

BigMikeyOcho ^ I see this all the time with overly religious folk

seemsthatway98
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seemsthatway98

Vladamyr You’re unnecessarily hostile. I take it you’re one of the kids mad they can’t fly over everything anymore? Bad at the jumping puzzles. Just because you don’t like facts, doesn’t mean you have to turn into a prick.

seemsthatway98
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seemsthatway98

DrowNoble I agree with never adding flying in the first place. So does Blizzard haha. For the faster ground mounts/less chance to daze and dismount, that’s already in. Just gotta set it up at your Garrison.

DrowNoble
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DrowNoble

The smart thing would of to never introduce flying in the first place.  Yet, that cat is already out of the bag and had kittens.

The next smart thing would of been to introduce new faster ground mounts for draenor, requiring level 100, that would not only be a speed increase but a greatly reduced chance of daze/dismount.  Doubt that will happen either.

I think WoD started off with a good idea, but once again, Blizzard is mismanaging it.  Hence why 3 million people left… again.

jackofrost
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jackofrost

Fuck Blizzard. Their whole attitude towards flying this expansion is infuriating.

Maybe it comes from playing since closed beta (but not being a raider), but for me this game has died the death of a thousand knives, and this is the final cut that made me drop my sub. And I won’t be resubbing if they add it back without some guarantees.

I could go into a massive wall of text, but… maybe its better to just let things go, heh.

BigMikeyOcho
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seemsthatway98 Cosmic Cleric This is called the “Backfire Effect”. Evidence contradicting a person’s convictions cause those convictions to get stronger. 

The Backfire Effect