Today Blizzard announced that the newest World of Warcraft expansion, Legion, will launch on August 30th, 2016, and I don’t know how to feel.
If you’ve read any articles about Blizzard’s ultimate RPG then you’ve probably seen someone lament about being stuck in the World of Warcraft cycle. They subscribe to the game, play hard and heavy for a month or two, quit, wait a couple months for the itch to come back, repeat. Some gamers liken it to becoming sober when they get out, and they do everything they can to stay away from the game for good.
The thing that always throws everything off, though, is the arrival of a new expansion. Some long time World of Warcraft players, especially those who used to dedicate 20 hours a day to the game, won’t even acknowledge that a new update to the game is coming. But for a lot of players, its the idea of a fresh coat of paint, a new story, new mechanics, new enemies, new gear, new, new, new. It’s a chance to relive the glory days while keeping the experience fresh.
I’d gotten into World of Warcraft in the vanilla days before any expansions were released, playing with a group of college friends. Eventually I dropped out, but I came back for the first expansion to play with another group of friends. The trend continued every expansion after that, though the amount of friends that play the game has dropped to near non-existence. With the most recent expansion, Warlords of Draenor, I played for one month at the expansion’s launch and another month late last year. That’s the shortest amount of time I’ve dedicated to any expansion.
So here we are with Legion hitting in four months, and I don’t know how to feel. On the one hand, spending 50 dollars for the game plus a one month subscription just doesn’t seem worth it. I wouldn’t be able to finish the story in one month (the only real interest I have in the game at this point), and with Final Fantasy XV arriving on September 30th I don’t see myself sticking around.
On the other hand, I’ve been attached to this world since 2004 or 2005. Over ten years of my life I’ve been watching the chess pieces move around in what could laughably be called a plot (its been pretty ridiculous at times), but its a story I’m still vested in seeing how it will end. That’s the trick though; will this story ever end? One has to think they’ll end World of Warcraft someday, and I’d like to be there when they do. I want to experience the emotions that would come with such a closure, and to do so I’d like to stick with the plot and experience as much of the world as I can as the storyline moves along.
It’s a tough choice to make. World of Warcraft is a cruel mistress.