So we have had all of the panels, including the staged Q&A where the unofficial one was at a different area not broadcast….
I said to my wife Lissanna of Restokin last night over the phone since I did not go to Blizzcon and she did that I was remaining hesitantly hopeful about Legion. I was right to be hesitant. I honestly love the idea of all the systems they highlighted today and yesterday about Legion, with one exception. They are doubling down on the flight paradigm they went with in WoD which was a worst implementation of the MoP design. The only up side is that the achievement will be in game at launch, just not able to be completed until a later patch…. I have 2 words in reply.
I say this because I really like flight in WoW, it is one of the major distinguishing features that WoW had over almost every other MMO. FFXIV Heavensward has flight as well in the expansion areas, and they implement it zone by zone while you level.
I hated and I mean hated leveling in MoP after the first time due to flight only available for gold at level cap. I hated even more in WoD that it was locked behind an achievement that was not even in game at launch because you did not know when the suffering was ever going to end. The only saving grace and reason I was able to level 5 characters before saying fuck it in WoD was because the Garrison supplied everything I needed. I did not need to go out into the world unless to quest and the bonus areas made that a little more tolerable. However the same assholes that hate flight, devs and players, hated the garrisons as well and the convenience they provided so they are gone in Legion as well. So there will not be the slight escape from the pain that garrisons provided in WoD.
To be clear:
- Every time I was knocked off a mount by a mob when I needed to get across the zone I was in for my next quest, I was missing flight, and pissed that it was not in the game.
- Every time I had to run halfway through a zone to get to the path to go up a mountain that weaved all over the place to get to an objective, I was missing flight, and pissed that is was not in the game.
- Every time I wanted help or was willing to help others and saw they were on the other side of the map, I was missing flight or Guild Perk “Have Group Will Travel” and was irate the neither were in the game.
Honestly which ever DEV said Travel was content and needed to be meaningful really does not need to be a dev anymore, I really hate to say that since I am a programmer myself and would not want any of my users thinking the same of me, but seriously someone at Blizzard in power has their head shoved up some nether region and seriously needs to get it extracted.
I would really rather be happy with the scaling leveling zones, or the Artifact Weapons, or Class Halls, or finally Alliance Lore without Orc focus (but I know they will screw that up), or the profession redesign, but all of these activities will be affected by Travel and therefor if I hate the travel part I will despise all of this other content.