World of Warcraft acknowledges ’emotional response’ to flying controversy

    
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The full story on Blizzard’s decision and subsequent reappraisal of grounding flying mounts in World of Warcraft is still being revealed. In a new interview, Lead Game Designer Ion Hazzikostas denied that the move to institute Draenor flying was reluctantly done, although he did say that the topic’s been difficult from the start and grew worse when players revolted.

“We thought at the time that we had the right answer, but what we heard from the community is that once the word ‘never’ was out there, it changed the conversation a little bit,” Hazzikostas said. “There’s a certain terrible finality to the word ‘never.’ Before, people might have accepted not being able to fly in Draenor, but when they started to realise that, ‘Wow, I’ll never be able to use Invincible’s Reins or Mimiron’s Head’ or some other prized possession that they’ve worked for, suddenly that sparked an emotional response.”

He said that the team is happy with the proposed compromise and will continue to “do what’s right by the game as a whole and the majority of players” in the future.

Source: PC Gamer
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IcaruSS Tridus

Correction: As you stated the 6.2 content was supposed to be in for release (and presumably what supposedly justified the higher price), so in real terms this has been the most expensive expansion which contains no new content patches whatsoever (just delivering the original expansion content)….

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Tridus IcaruSS We always figured WoW’s death would be one of a thousand cuts. Apparently some of those cuts are self-inflicted. Who’s emo(tional) now? :P

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scratches16 amkosh I haven’t played in a few months, so I logged in to see how absurd this achievement would be and was pleasantly surprised that I have most of it finished. I only need 3 garrison dailies and the new reps to grind when Tanaan opens up. I think I can handle a 3 week investment of play to get my flying back. And I had only leveled one of my toons to 100, so…. not so bad, really.  I’m happy with their decision.

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mourasaint  Are you mental? They way they handled this from the beginin was idiotic and poisoned their relationship with the player base.   They went from basically saying it was in to increase box sales to saying its not after you couldn’t return them.   Then punish the player base for revolting against their god inspired vision of no flying with the horrible reimplementation of flying that they are doing.  Its lose lose for them I think.   Their reputation is crap at this point, id soon as spit in a devs face then accept what they have done.   And I used to love blizzard and their products.   They have destroyed everything in one expansion!!

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Cosmic Cleric mourasaint IcaruSS I played through B.C. content (meaning Outland), but I wasn’t around when it launched.

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SoMuchMass Koolthulu “… ever did I hear complains of why people got bored or hated WoD because of flying.”
I saw many trade channel comments where people were talking about being bored in their Garrisons, and how they wish they could go out in the world in their flying mount.

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Sorenthaz Wratts “It was only popular because of the convenience it offered.”
No, it wasn’t.  Some of us enjoyed flying for flying sake.  True story.

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CrowingOne Sutter Cane greywolfe_joystiq SoMuchMass “This is about a mechanic the devs feel is detrimental to the game.”
If it was so ‘detrimental to the game’, why did they add a flying quest hub, a quest chain to get your own flying mount, a flying race track, and a rare flying mount drop, to MoP?  Why would they enhance something that was detrimental to the game?

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amkosh 
And this… this is why, after unsubbing when this all broke out, I’m staying unsubbed… even after they backtracked over this. This “compromise” is more like a petulant bartender serving you the drink you ordered, but only after being told that “what they think you’d enjoy best” isn’t what you ordered… and then serving it in a dirty glass anyway because “Fine. If this is what you want, you’ll get what you want… but it isn’t going to be how you want it.”
Probably not the best analogy, but *shrug* that’s exactly what it sounds like.
A compromise clearly borne out of recalcitrant reluctance is no compromise at all… and I refuse to give any support to such antisocial developers… #rant =/ lol

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agemyth ThreeSpeed And I can drive a Cesna plane on the ground too.  Looks stupid as hell, and frustrates the owner of the vehicle that they can’t use its full features that they purchased.