An Acceptable Compromise
Rarely have I seen one issue cause so much discussion and venom in one community as the recent discussions about flying in World of Warcraft in Draenor and beyond. So many of the people I’ve seen agree about other things in WoW were on opposite sides in this one and the discussion wasn’t always civil. Personally, I am probably a rarity in the discussion, I didn’t care either way. If flight was offered I might use it, if not then I’m ok with it not being there. When I’m leveling whether it be main or alt, I do it without flight anyways. I love the leveling experience and feel that I can only be totally immersed in the world if I’m in the world. You don’t have the excitement of having to dodge that pack of Nagrand scavengers is you are flying above them. I also realize that this is just my view on things and others don’t get the same enjoyment out of it that I do. This is why I think that the way that Blizzard is introducing flying in this particular expansion is a good idea.
Gated flight is not a new concept in WoW, we have had it every expansion so far that I’ve played (I started in Wrath). Up to this point, once you got your first character to max level you could purchase an unlock that would unlock for all you characters on that server. This would normally mean that everyone would quickly push to max level then go back and experience what the rest of the content that they wanted to experience and avoid most of the danger, etc.. that came with it. What they have decided to do now (incase you missed it, which I highly doubt) is actually gate the capability to fly behind content. I like this idea. The decision means that players will actually see the content that the developers have created (even if it’s forced upon them) and will hopefully get people out of their garrisons and actually doing stuff in the world. I know this isn’t popular or acceptable for everyone (I wouldn’t mind seeing a PvP option for flight for those that don’t PvE), but I think it was the best way for the developers to give the community what it seems that most have been wanting while still staying to true to what they wanted from this expansion.
I look forward to 6.2 and all the new it brings and will see you all in the friendly skies when I’ve completed all the prerequisites.