There was a lot of excitement back in 2014 when Blizzard launched Warlords of Draenor, but there was one feature, which was very loved by thousands of players, that has been put on hold until now. That feature is flying. We have to admit that flying can be one of the most fantastic feelings in a video game, but Blizzard didn’t think so and they kept their “we know better” attitude.
It is something that they did with most of their games and while it worked for a very long time, the community has become more demanding. Players could choose to fly in the world of Azeroth on a large variety of creatures: dragons, gryphons and even birds. But in Warlords of Draenor’s new zone, this could not be possible.
Now why would Blizzard release such a cool feature but make it unavailable in a new zone? The game designers actually believed that it was not as good as it sounded, they thought that it robbed the world from richness and that it had more to take from the game than it had to offer. The lead designer, Ion Hazzikostas, mentioned that the world “feels larger, more dangerous” without flight.
So for one year players had to wait. There have been suggestions that evolved into complains that later evolved into rage threads of forums. Players wanted flight, but as mentioned earlier, Blizz kept it cool and maintained the no flight standard. But now, with flight introduced in Warlords of Draenor, everything is a little better. But it is not as easy as it sounds. If you really want to take on to the skies in this expansion, you need to work a little.
Up until now, players could just use the magical powers of their credit cards to unlock flying mounts into the game and go wherever they pleased. In Draenor, however, you need to unlock seven different achievements. It sounds like a lot, but it’s not, or is it? Let’s go through them just to be sure.
Some of the achievements just imply that you explore some zones in Draenor. That sounds ok, right? Completing bonus objectives? Not too hard. But one achievement might require that you reschedule a few hours, because it takes a long time to do. It is called the Tanaan Diplomat achievement and it requires any player to obtain a “revered” reputation with a variety of Draenor’s factions. Hard? No. Extremely time consuming? Yes.
So we obtained flight in the game? But do we really need to invest so much time for a good feature that is available everywhere else? While some people who have a lot of time to play the game agree with it, others think it was pushed too much, especially since players have had to wait for it for one year.
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