There’s no shortage of World of Warcraft news as Battle for Azeroth looms next week, so let’s hop to it! Players should steel themselves for another round of class tuning changes, which are arriving today and will most notably impact Druids and Priests. … [Read more...] about World of Warcraft: Free stories, class tuning, expansion prep guides, and Vol’dun overview
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There’s a reason WoW and Final Fantasy XIV remain pay to play. A reason Elder Scrolls Online and Black Desert Online both remain buy to play – and a reason Guild Wars 2 remains locked behind buy to play for its expansions. … [Read more...] about What Makes Pay To Play MMORPGs Better Than Free To Play MMORPGs?
Can Ion Hazzikostas Make Azeroth Great Again? As I experienced BlizzCon 2016 via YouTube videos, one shining light at BlizzCon was Ion Hazzikostas who took the stage at the first WoW event of day. This was his first BlizzCon at the helm of WoW and he impressed me. For a D.C. lawyer that was the leader of the Elitist Jerks guild in WoW — they hosted a popular theory crafting website — he’s come a long way from being hired as a game designer. In his “World of Warcraft Legion: What’s Next?” speech he talked about MMOs in a way that nobody at Blizzard has ever talked about them before. … [Read more...] about World of Warcraft’s Diminishing Presence at BlizzCon 2016
Richard Bartle was right when in 2007 he said the MMORPG genre would be much healthier if WoW was closed down. His words ring truer today. MMO developers need to forget that WoW ever existed and pick up the torch that MUDS, Ultima Online, EverQuest and Star Wars Galaxies never passed on. I believe the MMO industry has to unlearn the bad habits it’s learned over the last 14 years and refocus its goal of striving to provide a totally immersive experience that was shown to us by the holodeck from the Star Trek universe. The holodeck should be the destination on the map that the MMO genre should aspire to. The holodeck may never be realized but that should not stop us from trying. … [Read more...] about Star Trek’s Holodeck, Virtual Worlds and the Future That Never Was
Island Expeditions Island expeditions are a 3v3 (pve or pvp) combat scenario in which you travel to an island and compete against the opposing faction for resources, Azerite and treasures. Now that sounds a pretty standard affair but its most certainly is not. Island expeditions are unique in the way they generate content. Each time you travel to an island its points of interest, treasures, capture points, mobs available, Weather conditions etc will be randomly generated. Adding random generation to WoW is a new and very interesting move by Blizzard possibly inspired by Diablo’s rifts and greater rifts. By randomising key points and objectives, Blizzard are ensuring you get a somewhat fresh experience each time you travel to an island. This randomisation of content massively increases its replay value while keeping it fresh and not grindy. … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons to get Hyped for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth