Next WoW Expansion announced
by Tachyon on Fri. 21. October 2011, 22:59
Filed under: wow, expansion, pandaren, blizzcon
Today, Blizzard announced the next WoW Expansion at Blizzcon 2011:
Mists of Pandaria
My interest playing WoW:MoP: Zero. Zilch. Sorry.
After almost 6 years of playing WoW, I start getting tired of it. Sure, the raids with my guild are fun and challenging, but besides that, the weekly arena games to reach the cap, and a little caretaking of my twinks, there's nothing that keeps me logged in for as much as it used to.
In the early years of WoW, I almost spent the equivalent of my in-game time outside of WoW, writing guides in the guild forum, exploring and discussing spell mechanics, starting this blog and writing countless analysis and simulation programs for myself to optimize my gameplay. That was a game of its own, and I loved it.
Over the years, I've seen many of a in-game friend getting tired of WoW, taking pauses of the game for a few months or permanently quitting altogether (*hugs* to Face, Wammer, Farbelila, Morello, Nemthros and all the rest, miss you!). But not once did I grew tired of the game (I think this is due to me playing rather moderately, the candle that burns half as fast lasts twice as long). Not once, until Cataclysm hit.
I still don't know why, but I lost more and more interest in theorycrafting and writing guides. There was nothing new to explore. Rotations, stat weights and mechanics became public domain, the just-do-what-EJ-tells type of mindset was good enough to beat the content, why bother do to more. Moreover, the mage class became a trivialized version of itself (I'm looking at you, Arcane spec!).
Here I am, stranded at a point where I don't expect anything new to come to the World of Warcraft. I won't blame the game, it was great for what it was, and trivializing it is the only reasonable approach to keep it playable. And somehow it becomes clear to me that this probably is the last WoW expansion I'd bother spending my time on.
Don't misunderstand me, I still love playing the game, but it's no longer that honeymoon feeling. Raiding still makes me want to play, and I look forward to the next patch because of Deathwing (I hope that's more than shooting at his metal scales standing on his back while he flies loops) and transmogrification. This, but nothing more.
But then there's that other game, one that I eagerly await, the one that has my soul since I started playing the series in 1996: Diablo III!
Can't wait to play monk and wizard in the world of Sanctuary!
I away thee, hordes of terror, for thou shalt face my martial and arcane arts, soon!
Blizzard announced today that Diablo III will be free for players that open up an annual subscription to WoW (which includes Yet-Another-Mount and the guaranteed opt-in for the next WoW expansions). Will this keep me subscribed? Probably not, but I couldn't say no now for sure. We'll see.
What about you? Still playing WoW, still planning to play the next expansion? Share your thoughts and enlighten me