The Daily Grind: What MMO expansion feature instantly had your money?

    
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Shawow.

Every time an MMORPG expansion is announced, the very first thing that I look for is the big hook — that tentpole feature that is a gotta-have, totally want, shut-up-and-take-my-money. It’s the feature that has everyone buzzing about it the day (or week) afterward, and if an expansion can pull off more than one of these, so much the better.

Of course, it doesn’t always happen. Sometimes an expansion announcement arrives and there’s a collective head-patting with a patronizing “That’s nice, dear.” Then there are those announced features that are beyond thrilling to some and a non-starter for others, depending on your interest.

Today, I would ask you to cast your mind back over past expansion announcements and share with us which ones put out a feature that got you instantly hyped and on board with that pack.

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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Oleg Chebeneev

WoW: Cataclysm. Complete revamp of Azeroth and mana>focus change for hunters.

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RimaHadley

This is going to sound very silly but while I was always going to buy FFXIV: Endwalker, the reason I pre-ordered it immediately was the Mephina earring bonus item, because my character’s religion, which I’ve developed as a major part of her character, is based around the goddess Menphina. The roleplaying aspect of a moon-themed earring dedicated to her was too good to ignore. If only the pre-order came with one in real life too, it’s a really pretty earring.

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Utakata

Blade & Soul’s new engine update…whenever they decide to release it here. >.<

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Barnoc N'Draak

Not a feature per se, and I haven’t actually bought it yet, but Endwalker bringing in elements of the themes from all of FFXIVs expansions felt like a promise that they would weave together all of those loose plot threads like they did for Shadowbringers.

Also they very obviously brought in ff4 and ff9 elements, and I’m a sucker for that kind of reimagining.

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Bryan Correll

Like others I was a fan of Going Rogue since Masterminds and Corruptors could be everywhere they wanted to be. The Praetorian starting zones/stories were pretty darn nifty too.

I might have said City of Villains since that was where those classes got started. But I remember what a horrible state MM’s were in when it was released. Minions had to be re-summoned every time you went through a loading screen. And I don’t just mean changing zones or entering missions. Taking an elevator inside a mission map dismissed them. And some missions had lots of elevators. And upgrade buffs had to be applied to each individual minion. So getting a fully upgraded set of minions required FIFTEEN skill uses minimum (3 summons and 6 of each of the two upgrade buffs) over and over again. And that’s just the skills from the primary power sets. Heaven help you (and it probably wouldn’t what with you being a villain) if your secondary set was heavy on buffs.

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Ardra Diva

Jump to Lightspeed, for spaceships. Features haven’t ever sealed the deal for me otherwise. If I’m actively playing an MMO i will get the latest update just for content.

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Soulbreeze

JtL was the first and only thing that popped into my mind.

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EmberStar

The only one I can think of, I didn’t think of on my own. It’s from Peregrine Falcon’s list below – blueside MasterMinds in City of Heroes.

Other than that, I can’t think of a single “Shut up and take my money!” feature in an MMO expansion. Not for a “proper” MMO, anyway.

I do happily buy the expansions for Ark, because I like new creatures and some of the new items turn out to be really fun and useful. (For a while, until the PVP mob whines and gets everything nerfed.)

Outside of that though, I think I only get expansions because of some kind of “completionist compulsion” and the idea that I need to have all the things. Which doesn’t even really apply anymore, since I’ve never gotten the second Guild Wars 2 expansion and it is unlikely I will now.

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NeoWolf

I was already subbed anyway, but if I hadn’t been ESO introducing Companions would 100% have had me re-subbing.

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Peregrine Falcon

Heart of Thorns – Gliders.
Path of Fire – Mounts!
Going Rogue – Blueside MMs!

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Nathan Aldana

Usually one we never got. I’m looking at you blizzard and your continued promises of new customization features like the dance studio