World of Warcraft shifts its 16th anniversary event, defends raiding over the holidays

    
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World of Warcraft shifts its 16th anniversary event, defends raiding over the holidays

Now that the (new) release date of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is public knowledge, both players and developers are swinging into action to prepare for this fall’s big expansion debut. As Shadowlands is releasing on the exact 16th anniversary of World of Warcraft’s 2004 launch, Blizzard apparently decided that it was best to bump up the in-game anniversary event.

Hence, the anniversary will now kick off tomorrow, November 1st, and run through the 22nd, with the expansion coming the day after that. Usually, the studio gives out a fun mount or pet as part of these anniversary events.

November will also host the Day of the Dead event (November 1st through 3rd), the Moonkin Festival (November 12th), and the Pilgrim’s Bounty celebration (November 23rd through the 30th).

Meanwhile, some WoW raiders are disgruntled over the fact that Shadowlands‘ initial raids are going to unlock over the 2020 holiday season. Ion Hazzikostas agreed with those players who noted that it would’ve been worse if Blizzard held those raids back to January, saying, “We do ‘try to’ avoid these conflicts whenever possible, and the ideal answer would have been to release the game, well… right about now, but it just wasn’t ready.”

Source: Wowhead, Twitter

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Evasive Dice

Fan service is cute. It gives me the warm fuzzies as veterans hang on this garbage. Erm long time players? Devoted players? Ack what’s the difference. Warm fuzzies. The game is poop. Only people still playing are long term veterans.

My experience? I played the game since burning crusade and wrath of the lich king into battle of azeroth. Game is garbage.

This is the first time in going to pass on this expansion and soundly put the game down. Go check the forums. Alot of shadowlands beta testers are upset and that’s why they keep delaying the expansion. Gonna do a hard pass and move on. The game is going towards everquest old. It’s old. People are unhappy. Been unhappy for the last 3 years. Gonna pass on giving them 40 bucks plus a sub for an aging game. Only people buying into this are long term players. Which is the everquest player base as they head into their 28th expansion. Your the new everquest everyone *golf clap*

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Christopher Allcock

You say ‘veterans’ but a lot gave up LONG before now; WoD drove a lot away, Legion DID bring some back, but BfA’s new ‘live service’ game design and the retcons in Shadowlands have probably have likely closed that door for good, at least for anything other than a casual look at a content drop for a week or two.

Those that are ‘long term’ players in WoW are most likely hit with FOMO issues or can’t bare to leave something they have sunk years into, they are holding themselves hostage to a game they probably no longer love to play. The more hostile fans further said reasonings as they are unwilling to see that the change in leadership at Blizzard has redirected their ideals and mantras over there past years.

Those same ‘fans’ attack valid criticism towards the company to justify their stay in the game, hence the reason why we’ve seen weak reasoning and platitudes from Blizzard, it’s pretty clear that ‘Blizzard polish’ and ‘When it’s done’ has been replaced with ‘pre-sales’ and ‘MTX numbers’.

The game’s once solid foundation is crumbling year on year, and it’s a shame to see, but saying that I doubt we won’t see people still screaming into the void as the game sunsets

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Anne Taenamyr

No matter what they did people will complain. I think the timing works as people won’t have to ask for a much time off work since they will probably have Holliday time already, so it helps alleviate the loss of vacations booked at the end of October.

I know my guild normally doesn’t raid during the holidays, from like Thanksgiving to new years. So it wouldn’t matter much for us if the raid came out in Dec or Jan.

The only people it really would matter to is the no- life raiders who will play anyway even if it’s a holiday. They are what is wrong with this game. Their elitist attitude thinking they are better than others and if you aren’t in a first run mythic you are trash. Between them and the omg PVP folks the attitude in the game is getting so toxic.

I know they got rid of the server first leveling achievements years ago as it prompted an unhealthy play style. Maybe they need to get rid of these world first ones as well. The game has been sliding to unhealthy and very toxic.

The game really seems to be loosing is RPG roots. From nerfing story questing to level faster to ret-coning indoor they already ret-coned to make the new story make sense… maybe if they concentrated on the RPG aspect of the MMORPG we would have a more enjoyable game.

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Loopy

This is one of those ethical dilemmas: should Blizzard protect the players from themselves?

On one hand, Blizz could delay the release, all in the name of holiday cheer and giving players a sense of ease knowing that they won’t have to sacrifice their holidays if they want to remain competitive. On the other hand, should that be Blizzard’s responsibility?

In my opinion, the onus should be on players to find an appropriate balance between real life and gaming, regardless of what the “guild” wants you to do. Additionally, for those who are under sponsorship contracts to clear content on day one, i feel like they knew what they signed up for when they put their names on the dotted line.

I think i’m in the “let the players decide” camp on this one. Gaming habits and guild obligations should never trump real life.

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Utakata

I can probably say at this point, I’m not sure I care anymore anniversary wise.

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AJ Grant

Raids are conducted when guilds decide they are. It’s got nothing to do with when blizzard unlocks anything

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Richard de Leon III

Part of me wishes SL was delayed til 2021, but i guess they have to make their quarterly. I get the impression the game is in no way ready as is.

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Bruno Brito

They have no content left for BfA, and the game lacks any kind of everlasting system that makes you actively use time inside Azeroth.

Blizzard kinda wrote itself on a corner with their design philosophy. Because you can’t play against how they want you to play ( the game lacks several activities ), you depend on them making content for you. So , the content droughts for WoW are felt really harshly.

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Blake

I’m really confused here. Can’t raid over the holidays? Then don’t raid that week or two, the world isn’t ending, and pick up again in the new year.

I mean I’m guessing it’s more about z’omg people will be AHEAD of me. Not fair they can’t have it either!!!

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John Mynard

There are certain guilds that must raid ASAP because they have contracts with sponsors that don’t have much wiggle room.

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Utakata

If one is signing contracts with sponsors, it’s time to leave the game and go do something else. Just saying.

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John Mynard

I don’t disagree, but it is something that happens. Pro-Gaming is a thing.

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Blake

Ah, thanks for that. Really hadn’t considered that aspect of it.

If that’s what someone wants to do with their gaming time, and are able to get sponsors to pay them, all the power to them. However, to expect a company to line up their release schedule according to what works best for the tiny handful of players who are able to do that (in terms of the WoW playerbase vs them) … well let’s just say I happy that Blizzard isn’t giving in to those demands.

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Utakata

To be fair though, I’m not sure many folks will have raiding a new dungeon on mind during the Christmas cheer. So it’s a pretty asinine time to release it no matter what the logistics state it should be “okay”. As Blizz could of easily held it off to the New year.

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Giggilybits

Umm we’re talking about WoW here. WoW literally got me through a year of midnights at my job during the peak of WOTLK.

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Adam Russell

Whether you raid over the holidays or pause till January there will always be 60% of the playerbase that complains about it.

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Jeremy Barnes

Ion is one of the worst thing to happen to MMOs. Of course he doesn’t care about the holidays. He’s a “raiding is life” guy and holds disdain for anyone that doesn’t want to raid 7 days a week.

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Bruno Brito

Former hardcore raider. I feel like WoW’s other modes have suffered greatly under his watch while raiding is the best it has ever been.

And the guy really sounds like he just loathes his job and his players.

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Toy Clown

I’ve never played WoW during an anniversary event before. I’m a little excited, along with everything leading up to the new expansion. That’s another first for me here!

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Neurotic

Yay! Enjoy it while it lasts. The pre-expansion events are great fun and you get a real sense of community when you’re all out there in the world, rolling around. Good times! :)