I have been in a state of disbelief all weekend… The rumors of Blizzard’s newest expansion to World of Warcraft were indeed accurate, down to the last bullet point. Northrend (but we all saw that coming a mile a way), levels 70-80 with new talents and spells, new zones, raised skill cap and…
Wait… ONE new hero-class? ONE profession addition, and no new races!?
Not a single new quest or content addition sub level 70!?!
In Oz’s first post about the expansion rumors last week, I responded to a comment with this thought, “Verilazic, I think its bunk at least for now. I think as soon as the accidental leak from the German games review board happened, everyone decided to go for the fake patch notes game and create content.
I’m not saying the items listed aren’t real, but the lists seem too half-baked and inconsistent with the type of content Blizzard would be showing in a demo.”
Boy, was I wrong, but my reasoning was not… this feature list for Wrath of the Lich King, reads like a fake patch-notes post, hastily tossed together by a bored 10 year old, rather than the work of the most dynamic development juggernaut of the past decade. Where is the polish? Where is the feeling of completeness and synergy?
If Blizzard loses their edge with content creation, and starts feeding the masses the tripe similar to the post-Velious EverQuest expansionary model, they have lost everything that makes them stand above the rabble.
There is plenty of time to add more items to the list, to flesh out their content additions, add Hero classes ‘for the rest of us’ and rethink some of their half-baked expansion concepts, but I am skeptical that they will. My bet would be, come January 2008, everyone will drop what they are doing, and rush to Northrend never to return to the forgotten wastelands of Outlands, and Mudflation shall reign for ever more.