Perhaps it’s just me, but I have a feeling the tide is turning for WoW, especially with the new info released about the next expansion and how the Hero class system will be used. In a nutshell, the Hero class system is basically re-rolling your character with a new class available to you, with the option to skip a bunch of early content. They are adding a new class to WoW, but making players jump through a hoop to get access to it, while at the same time NOT delivering anything new to current characters, which was the original plan way back when WoW was released. Back then Hero classes were planned to be an extension of your characters growth, enabling you to further specialize your class by going down a particular Hero path. It was delayed and not part of the original release due to balance issues, or at least that was the official statement back then. With each patch, players awaited the arrival of hero classes and what they could bring to WoW. After a few years, we finally get that announcement, and clearly it’s not what was promised way back when. Add this disappointment to the fact that Blizzard seems to be getting lazy with the future development of WoW in general, and it’s no surprise that a segment of their player base is growing weary.
I personally quit WoW after burning out on raiding, and saw nothing of value in The Burning Crusade. Once I learned that Illidan was to be the featured end boss of the final raiding instance, I packed it up and cancelled my account. The account has TBC on it, and yet my main has never stepped foot in Outland. I did play through the new blood elf and draenei content, but those characters remain dormant after hitting level 20 and being filtered back into old zones. Nothing that I have read about WoW since quitting has ever sparked me to return, and this is a game I spent over 2000 hours on one character playing full time for two years, along with many alts, some who also reached level 60.
That said I know my father is still addicted to the game, and has likely log in more hours than I have, albeit in a slightly longer time frame. He has never raided, or even seen all of the end-game 5 mans, but he has tried almost every race/class combo the game offers, many to the high 50s. He generally plays solo, avoids PvP, and as far as I know does little crafting. He enjoys the character growth and questing. We are about as different as you can get in terms of how we play WoW. For him TBC has added some nice extra content that he as enjoyed, although not nearly as much as he enjoyed the original 60 levels. One thing he is very happy with however is that he still has plenty of quests to do at level 70, so when he hits the level cap he has not run out of content. He is not as item focused as I was, so the fact that many of the quests don’t offer an upgrade for a reward does not bother him much. He does the quest for the enjoyment of the quest itself. It will be interesting to see how he views the recently announced expansion as more info is released and we get closer to it going live. As I stated above, the news does nothing for me, but I have a feeling he will find a great deal to look forward to. My question now, and one I’m sure Blizzard has also considered, is how many players fall into my camp, and how many fall into my fathers?