It feels like an odd phase for WoW. Here are a few snippets from my perspective:
- I’m really looking forward to Cataclysm.
- I’m also really going to enjoy Ruby Sanctum.
- I can’t wait to kill Asshat, since my little guild’s up to Sindragosa, he’s not so far away now.
- I have done more dailies on my druid than my DK over the last week, but since I only need Frosties on the DK and have limited time to play most days, the last few times I’ve just played the healer. This is because, per hour I have a good probability of gaining something on the druid and even the Triumph emblems are useful.
- I have not had time to read many other bloggers’ sites for a week or two with 52 unread articles waiting for me.
- Over the last fortnight, I’ve spent tens of hours in the pwnwear forums’ administration system and on my test server.
WoW is sort of between expansions, with this looming anticipation of Cataclysm, but not even finished with the current content. At some point, the lethargy will really kick in, but not yet for most people. It was just a month ago I checked my /played and threeweeks ago tried a newbie Warlock.
I expect many other people are just passing their time, even though there’s still unfinished business in Northrend, yet not fully disengaging from WoW.
Blizzard certainly have no loss of momentum on either v3 content or v4. They even patched 3.33 very nicely. (Did you notice new members brought midway into a PUG now teleport to your location? Small tweak ftw).
I wonder if the ongoing engagement we have with the future in Cataclysm enthuses common casual players too, or if it’s just the more long-term players who get their teeth into it. In fact I doubt that new recruits to WoW, who started with WotLK, have slowed down at all. I called it the “free epics” period, and I think it started in late February. The increasing ease of attaining Frost emblems is testament to the change.
There is so much fun to be had in WoW, so many games within the game, that I suspect it’s really only after five years playing it that you get a lull like this. I couldn’t level another alt from 1 to 85, that’s for sure. Stuff that.
Guild leaders would have noticed, and the smart ones would be planning ahead already. Retention. Recruitment. Rejuvenation for Cataclysm. Wondering what classes they’ll be missing at L85: healers, tanks, dps? Many rerolls will occur, as they always do at a time of change. Many others will use the xpac to call it quits, whilst new players will join up and step into the improved newbie experience my Warlock enjoyed.
I’m really looking forward to the DK class sneak preview this week, too, even though their implementation is many months off. I love this game! The DK tank community will discuss it in the forums and I’ll also blog my views.