The Daily Grind: When was the last time you were super hyped for an MMO expansion?

    
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I have two different modes for getting MMO-expansion-hyped. The first, and more common, is when it’s a big game for the genre, whether or not I play it. I love expansion time: I love the zing in the air, I love the deluge of info and chatter, I love seeing our writers and readers and guildies get pumped up for it, and I love knowing that an MMO is thriving. It’s good for MOP all around when a good MMO is doing well.

But the second mode is more rare, and that’s when it’s for an MMO I actually play, since two of my main games are rogue servers that don’t usually get expansions and my third hasn’t gotten one in years. But now, we’re on the cusp of SWG Legends’ City in the Clouds expansion tomorrow, and I’m finally feeling that personal excitement rather than just the professional kind. And I have missed it!

When was the last time you were super hyped for an MMO expansion?

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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camelotcrusade

In MMO years, my answer would be “when dinosaurs roamed the earth.”

Oh, the Un’goro Craters we roamed in. Those were the days! When the mobs were hard, a boss lurked in the mists, and the aggro was free and wild. Expansions back then were packed full of undeliverables and shifting dates, but we wanted to believe otherwise, and so we did.

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Aquarion

Dawn of the Morninglight, the last story update for Secret World Legends. April 2018.

I was so happy that my favourite MMO was about to start a new storyline, and get back to regular updates and new things.

:(

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Phubarrh

The last time would have been Cataclysm, and we know how that went.

But earlier that year there was another, and I was much happier with the result: Age of Conan’s Rise of the Godslayer. It still feels unique in foregoing the shiny wuxia antics of most Asian MMOs and instead giving us a gritty Shaw Brothers feel.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Pretty much every Blizzcon where new WoW expansion is announced

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NeoWolf

Mines of Moria for LOTRO, it was also the expansion that would introduce legendary weapons. The mines lived up the hype, but the legendary system didn’t they lied about that something chronic sadly.

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Hikari Kenzaki

I think I actually prefer small, regular content updates to large expansions at this point.
It gives me something to look forward to do, I login and do it before everyone has to weigh in on what they think was wrong, what could have been better, and oh so rarely, what was done right.
Large expansions just leave me with greater lag time between things to do and host of people who did it faster so they could trash on it sooner.

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Stormsong Minstrel

Lotro’s Mordor expansion. it’s Mordor, it’s climactic battle, main events going there…and wait, we will see Heir of Mordor?
Exciting. Then – talks about [intentionally] hard content, the more talks, the grumpier me. Sorry, dear developers, we do not need hard content…make raids hard, not landscape.
And then – buying Mordor for Lotro points and getting excited. Despite being killed so many times, spending lots of mithril coins to resurrect, counting every Light of Eandil…I started to like, to enjoy, to call Mordor “A work of genius”.
After that – no more excitement, just dull “well, yeah, new content, how boring”.

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Bruno Brito

Not an xpac, but i was really hyped for GW2’s launch. I honestly believed the game would evolve in a GW1 direction, with you being allowed to switch weapon skills and such, independently from your class, and your class itself would be just theme/flavor.

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Dug From The Earth

Nothing has come close to the hype I felt for WoW’s Wrath of the Lich King, but thats largely due to how much I enjoyed the Warcraft series before WoW, and seeing the Lich King come to WoW was like the final needed thing to make the world feel complete.

Legion was a nice touch too, as it was something that was hyped to pull WoW out of a very low point, and again, the Burning Legion was a core WoW lore element.

The problem with so many expansions these days, for me, is why there is a reason to be excited. Back in the day, when games like Daoc had expansions, it felt more like they were simply adding new cool things to an already great experience. WoW used to be like this too up through lich king.

Now however, I feel as if most expansions serve one purpose, and thats to basically “feed the hungry”. Most mmorpgs these days dont have enough to keep me enjoying it for very long, and without the expansions, id just leave.

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Castagere Shaikura

ESO’s Blackwood because it will make the game world more massive and I like exploring it.