Yes, with 5.4 looming, thoughts have already
turned to WoW 6.0!
And with that comes the very likely possibility
that we will have to grind all our alts through another 5 or 10 levels.
But is this a good thing?
Well, as someone who came reasonably late to
WoW, I missed a huge amount of stuff. I never really saw much of Outlands and I
never ran a Lich King Raid while it was still relevant.When I level my army of alts, I TRY to see
more of these areas.But I am keenly
aware that there is hundreds of hours of gameplay that I may never explore.
The main reason for this in my experience is,
levels. Why sit and explore all the Outland quests, Raids and rep grinds if
it’s useless when you hit 70?(Unless,
of course you’re a twink, something which I keep meaning to try when I can find
a good twink guild.)
Let’s examine an Azeroth where once you hit
level 60 that was as high as you got. First, you’d want to spend a large amount
of time with 40 friends getting AQ 40 gear, because once you stepped into
Outlands it would be gear quality, and knowing how to play your class that
would keep you alive. All enemies would be maxxed at 60 as well (except for the
Fel Reaver-esque elites and the Raid bosses of course) but the gear could keep
scaling in the raids as you went from Outlands, to Lich King, to Cata, to Pandaria.
The jump between areas wouldn’t be so big,
and those who didn’t raid in one expansion could just decide to see a new bit one
day for something different.
Then, it may be possible to spend months
exploring Outlands and simply travel to Pandaria for the weekly raid without
feeling like you’re not perfectly geared.
Since WoW is such a large drain on time, it
would make it much easier to have 2 or 3 toons whom one plays really well, and
can pull out at raid time if necessary.
If that were to happen, spending 3 weeks
chasing that elusive pet in Northrend would not take away from your overall il,
you may even improve it!
But would we miss levelling?
I would not miss levelling per se as watching
that little bar fill up SO SLOWLY annoys me.
But I would miss the ability to do complex
things by myself.WoW IS a social game,
but friends are not always on.There are
some parts of Pandaria that I have not yet done, and am not likely to do
because they are not soloable, but the gear they drop is too low level to be of
any use. So I DO look forward to the day that I can finish some of these things
And Transmog addicts would hate it. Getting
transmog would not be an exercise in soloing a lower level heroic, it would
require a group of 5 who were willing to pay attention and agree to let you
have the good gear.
And with the drop rates on some of the rarest
mounts being what they are, you’d have to be extremely lucky to EVER get Rivendare’s
So what’s the ultimate solution?
Well, it’s tough because the amount of time
that any one person can spend on WoW is highly variable.
I would be happy to still be pottering around
in 5.1 Pandaria, while others are hanging out for 5.4 because they’ve done 5.3
to death. I guess the smartest thing for Blizzard to do is not annoy the “professional”
WoW players by letting content go stale.
Yes, I pay as much as they do, and yes, I’ll
probably be hooked until the end, just like them.But if things slow down, I’ll still pay my
fees.They might not.
Really, Blizzard knows what they’re doing
when it comes to WoW.They’ve been doing
it well for 5 expansions.I can
personally tell them what I want, but it’s not what EVERYONE wants.
The only thing that everyone I’ve talked to
agrees on in regards to this game, is that they love it, hate it, and are
addicted all at the same time.