World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

So BlizzCon is happening right now and the big news was this trailer for the next expansion pack that is expected to be released:

And with it they also gave more information about the new areas that will open up:

They also announced that 6 new races will be playable, three per faction:

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Now, there’s some good and some bad in here, I think.

The Good:

WoW always needs to be doing something new.  It’s no secret that players consume new content at faster and faster rates.  Adding new races is always a fun thing because it shakes up the aesthetics and gives new storylines to explore.

From the video, it looks like they are going back to a more classic Alliance vs. Horde feel, rather than the more integrated blurred lines we started seeing when we got to Shattrath.  This is bound to make a lot of people happily battleshout “FOR THE *faction preference*!”

The Bad:

No “new” races – I’m not overly impressed with the races offered.  They are offshoots of already established races, as opposed to the brand new feel we got when they introduced the Space Goats (aka Draenei).

Back to faction warring – I know a lot of people will love the Alliance/Horde feuding, but I was honestly loving the interaction with opposite factions when fighting against the Fel armies etc.  More often than not, when out questing and running into another player of the opposite faction, it was a polite encounter, with us helping each other out.

The Suggestions:

New customizations – Rather than these new races, make the current races we have a lot more customizable.  As I saw in some WoW group, someone described their original race hairstyles as from the 90s, and it’s not a lie – my human and elf toons haven’t had a good style in ages (yet my awesome human rogue got a graphics facelift into something more cartoony, which I am still bitter about).

Also, I don’t understand why the Horde is getting the Nightborne and Alliance are getting Void Elves.  Night elves should get Nightborne customizations and Blood Elves should get Void Elf customizations.

Add Learn Common Language – As for the Alliance/Horde feud, I suppose it’s inevitable, but I was hoping again for a third group again, that would force an alliance between the groups.  I’d always thought how cool it would be to have the ability to learn the common language of the other faction in order to communicate, and even be able to group up for dungeons and raids with the other side.  Maybe someday!

Posted on November 3, 2017, in Games, Geektastic!, Hobbies, Random and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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