MMO Week in Review: You are not prepared for WoW Classic

    
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Whether you’re all-in for WoW Classic’s launch this week or convinced it’s just gonna die standing in a fire, we’re pretty sure you’re not prepared for the reality. We did a dozen WoW pieces this week and still had people begging for more, and that crushing roar is only getting louder as we head for the release tomorrowday.

Meanwhile, we got the scoop on ArcheAge’s new clean server, the EverQuest franchise’s next big thing, Astellia’s launch date, and the bizarre trailer from the newly-launched-on-PS4 Black Desert.

Read on to catch up with the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions today as every Sunday in Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

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Denice J. Cook

Okay, I’ll admit it: Classic launches today and I’m getting psyched for it.

I took the day off. I already made white bean and chicken burritos for my son and I. The snack cabinet is full. The tea and coffee are on.

The cleaning is done. The calendar is cleared.

Bring it, Blizzard!

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That’s cool, my only thing would be getting jammed up in queue for several hours. I’m sure no matter what it’ll be great memory.

My boys still bring up the morning i said no school today; they looked puzzled, they ask why, UMMM CAUSE WE ARE STAYING HOME FOR MISTS OF PANDARIA LAUNCH!!! Unless you have a problem with that? we all know their answer.

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IronSalamander8 .

I’ll be happy to not play classic but I can’t see it dying off. They tied classic and retail into one account so people can play both and switch when they feel like playing one or the other. It’s clever to be sure. If you’re mostly a retail player you can jump into classic when there’s a content lull. If you’re mostly a classic player, you can jump into live once in awhile to see what’s changed from patch to patch and play characters you’ve had since vanilla in some cases, like mine (my 110 troll priestess has existed since vanilla). And unless things change, classic will only need minimal maintenance and patches, so lower overhead.

What I’m curious about is how much classic may influence retail. Classic was never something I found that good anyway, but retail has made some changes that I find unappealing as well, like the focus on M+, missing the old buffs we used to give or groups/raids, etc. It will be very interesting to watch from outside.

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What I’m curious about is how much classic may influence retail.

Agreed. I probably won’t be playing Classic, but I am very interested in knowing how Blizzard plans on using the data from players who are playing Classic to inform and improve the retail version.

My worst fear is that Classic becomes like an LTS release of WoW, and retail becomes the space where they keep trying new things. That’s what got us to where we are now. You need to evolve the product, but you can also destroy it along the way if you’re not careful.

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Rick Mills

We ARE prepared – Blizzard is NOT.

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Sarah Cushaway

I’ll play casually–and yes, you can play Classic casually. That’s how I’ve always played WoW. That said, I do think it will do pretty well. I’m not super excited just because I rarely get excited for games in general these days, but I’m glad it’ll be there as an alternative to retail, because retail is really fucking bad these days. Really bad.

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I rather enjoyed my starting over in retail on the horde side until i found myself fully playing bfa. Was in legion for quite awhile and yea, legion is really good, but after doing the class hall and all that i got my mount friday night, woot (finally), then all weekend was bfa.

I dunno it’s ok but my biggest problem is the azerite grind, for what to watch all that go to the wayside in a year when the next expansion is released. No thanks. So not really motivated.

Classic is looking to be a great option and want to start going ahead with my mage on retail anyway, still poke away on my warlock ofc.

Another problem, dungeons in legion i felt like i was contributing and at time top dps, then in bfa dungeons i’m literally along for the ride, i mean the tanks are doing up to 30k damage, then other 2 dps are rocking on average 20k so dungeons are kinda a bore.

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Joey

The dungeons in BFA have been heavily designed for M+. That said, they are just filled with trash that all have boss like mechanics. It has made dungeoneering for me this expansion a real bore.

I hate M+ and what it did to the game so much!!!!

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It’s all about esports… MDI, problem is i like watching MDI, what a game yesterday Method EU lost to Abrakeydabra. MDI east is much more exciting tbh, method wins all the time which is kinda boring, until game 3, well started in game 2 but yea edge of your seat for sure.

It should be a separate thing as yea agreed until i actually started into the dungeons a couple weeks back, at first only here and there as i was wrapping up my mount, but yea all weekend it’s like anyone you play with thinks they are in the MDI ffs, boring af.

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thalendor

As someone who loves M+, I can assure you that at least some of us are not happy with the dungeon design this expansion either. It’s either loads of trash you want to skip like Freehold, or really irritating trash you want to skip like Shrine, or loads of really irritating trash you want to skip like Motherlode. It’s pretty routine (much more so than Legion) to skip trash by any means possible, including intentionally wiping with a battle rez up, to save time. Quite frankly, that so many of the dungeons seem to be designed around that is a prime symptom of the problem with their dungeon design this expansion, IMO. They’d be better off just designing dungeon as if M+ didn’t exist, then layer M+ on top of that like Legion, and we’d all be happier.

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Axetwin .

I think WOW classic will be super popular for about 6 months. Then the “hardcore” players will do what they always do. Burn through the content in a month MAYBE 2, then leave because they’ve done everything there is to do as quickly as possible, and they know nothing more will be coming.

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Sarah Cushaway

Doubt it. Private servers were going strong for a long time.

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Techno Wizard

So unprepared for WoW Classic I’m not playing it.

Albion Online however, that I will be playing.

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Arktouros

I don’t necessarily think it’s going to die in a fire, more like fire it will rage and eventually sputter out when there’s not enough content logs to fuel it. There’s always that one guy who chimes in and regale us with how they played a WOW Classic emulated server for 50 years and they’ll go another 100 at this point! but that just isn’t your average person.

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Utakata

Depending if they are going to progress beyond Vanilla or not. Though I can see them quietly slinking back to retail when Blizz throws another expansion log on top of there. o.O

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Only a couple times have i ever gone hardcore endgame, EQ2 and SWL, outside that i’m as casual af in all mmorpg’s i play.

Casual people playing classic are set for life without any expansion, the content, the alts, the professions at a casual rate you could play for eons. I really hope they never change the goal posts.

It’s an opportunity to really dig deep into an mmorpg for a change, without the concern of an expansion coming along which changes and invalidates all your progress. I’ve no problem with classic bc, classic wrath, i’ll happily remain in classic, i loath those zones now, way overplayed them.

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Utakata

That’s what might be left to sustain Classic hopefully.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Might still be up to 10s of thousands of people though, and that’s good enough to keep the servers running, encourage others to join in at times, and provide more value for the combined subscription.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I don’t know if I’m prepared. Because my budget is very tight. Because tomorrow is pretty occupied with other things. Because I don’t want to seem addicted to a sub MMO. Because I’d like to advance other games (especially non-online ones).

But I’ll probably still sub for the rush :P

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Nick // Genghis

I was waiting for a Schlagmeme haha

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Thanks for the Zeppelin!

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Approximate wait time 9876 hours

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It’s like Blizzard saw the Fyre Festival and said…

“YAAAASSSSS…this!!!”

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semugh

TBH I’m really curious about the MMO bodycount of this classic WOW. How many MMOs will die this time lol…
I expect some smaller MMOs going belly up.
I’ll be watching from the sideline with a yuge bowl of popcorn lol…
Let the world burn haha…

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Ironwu

I actually think that WoW Classic will add fuel to the “Old-School” MMO development movement that has been building up over the last couple of years. Titles like Saga of Lucimia and Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen should see significant interest directed their way.

Of course, it will be up to these new titles to prove themselves worthy to stand with WoW Classic. If they cannot provide the quality game play that is expected, then yes, they will probably fail. Time will tell, and I wish them well. We need as many great MMOs out there as we can get!

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Nick // Genghis

Agreed. It might not be the cup of tea everyone is looking for, but it sure as hell will make people want something reminiscent of WoW Classic. I’m all for that, but will also have my popcorn ready for tomorrow and beyond haha.

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Marty Woods

We can but hope . The way I am viewing classic at the moment is the idea stop gap between some of the mmo’s that are currently in development that I have my eye on like Pantheon .

I am going to have a side helping of the live server too even if just for the battlegrounds .

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thalendor

I hope you’re right. I’ve got something of a “been there, done that” attitude for Classic, though I’ll still be playing it at least some. But I really want to see something new, but inspired by more classic MMO design, like Pantheon or Lucimia succeed.

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Malcolm Swoboda

“I expect some smaller MMOs going belly up.”

Me too. But I also expect more companies to make 1:1 (or close to it) re-creations of the past versions of their MMOs. Or have more willingness to distribute assets and code (for a price) than they’ve ever been.