Opening ceremony and the big WoW announcement is, as expected, the next expansion. And, also as expected, its the Mists of Panderia, with Pandaren as a playable race.
Immediately, a lot of players boo-hooed this as the death of the game and claimed that they were not going to play a game with pandas.
My first question is, why are pandaren any worse than werewolves? Are there a lot of closet Twilight fans out there that really liked werewolves? Would this announcement have been better with sparkly vampires instead of pandas?
Anyway, on to serious impressions. I think this could be a good thing.
The past few expansions have been leading more and more to WoW being a pure endgame treadmill. They follow a similar pattern…
- expansion comes out, people powerlevel as fast as they can to level cap
- jump into endgame, where most bosses are the target of complaints that they are either rehashes of old bosses, or too gimmicky
- stay in endgame for two years until burnout ensues
- next expansion, start over