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?