The Daily Grind: What would entice you back to WoW?

    
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While a number of our writers and many of our readers are fans of World of Warcraft, it’s no secret that a lot of us and you really, truly aren’t — at least not anymore. This site and its predecessor attract people who are interested in the broader genre, not just a single game within in it, which means we’re constantly judging the eras of WoW against other MMORPGs — and against itself.

With that in mind, I present to you Kickstarter backer Gil’s timely Daily Grind question:

With the announcement of the new expansion for World of Warcraft having released yesterday, what would it take for Blizzard to bring back the old magic — and more importantly — keep it? This game and company kept our rapt attention for years, and I still have fond memories of playing all the way up through Wrath of the the Lich King and even Cataclysm. What changed?

Gil wants to see quests, locations, and events in the old world; flight-related activities; class quests and long quest chains; vanilla difficulty in questing; a new Argent Tournament; the return of serious crafting; an overhaul to the talent trees; and social features in the dungeon- and raid-finder. “Maybe it’s WoW2,” he admits, “but maybe it’s just a matter of breathing life back into the rest of the world again.”

So if you played WoW, why did you leave? What would Blizzard have to do to bring you back and keep you? Do you think the new expansion has a shot of doing either?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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paragonlostinspace Digest I’m just having a thought about it. Doesn’t mean I thought about it means, I really like the idea of all things under the sun is free. Currently sub anyways in WoW….

Zophie Winters
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Zophie Winters

Tiogui Zophie Winters -_-

Tiogui
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Tiogui

Zophie Winters Don’t they usually give a new character slot for new class? Oh, you want a Demon Hunter starting on a high level, I see. That would be actually nice, better than one character boost.

DPandaren
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DPandaren

Absolutely nothing at this point.

Zophie Winters
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Zophie Winters

The only thing that would maybe entice me back to WoW is if they gave us a new Demon Hunter hero class and a 12th character slot.

Joseph C
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Joseph C

If they removed the monthly fee, I’d play. That’s all I want, removal of the fee. I paid for the game, I’ve paid for the expansions, I’m not paying just to access a game I already paid for. That’s always been my beef with the game, especially with the way that the end game is: Weekly lockouts to progression after running the dungeons? Really? Yeah, no.

ElMutharino
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ElMutharino

Maybe they are scared it would be too successful? The direction they took the game was commercially the best, made wow a great game for millions but at the same time it made it a lesser mmorpg, IMHO
Maybe they don’t want to admit that

BabbageUK
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ElMutharino BabbageUK Yes, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. There are – obviously – a lot of people who have left WoW so what would entice them back? It’s not an either/or situation – you can have your cake and eat it with a progression server. Okay, perhaps companies don’t want to “dilute their brand” (or whatever the corporate-speak phrase is) by showing off their heritage but seriously? Why would any company resist adding potentially millions more subbing players? There have to be some very persuasive marketing execs at that company.

ElMutharino
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ElMutharino

BabbageUK I tried a private vanilla server, one that was mentioned over here few days ago. i usually avoid them because the yare a mess, but this has a huge population and… it really feels like WOW round mid 2005. The moment I saw “Your skill with axes is now 6” I wept with joy… and ..TALENTS! Not to mention the agrro range ;)

Shame Blizzard is stubborn

BabbageUK
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BabbageUK

Whilst I agree with a lot of the comments on here the bald truth is that Blizzard don’t need to entice anyone back. As long as they keep their end-game crowd entertained then the sub train will keep on running. Who cares about the massive content and lore from all the previous expansions when you can rise to the top of the tree without blinking an eye, and from that point on raid endlessly?

I played WoW vanilla-style, had my own guild, did all the content up to WotLK and then left, deleting everything as I went to prevent me being enticed back (even handing on the guild to a friend of mine). I wasn’t the target audience any more, realised it and left.

Now give me a progression server and we’re talking something else entirely… :)