All of the rumors turned out to be true.
Which means they weren’t rumors at all. That means someone seriously stole Blizzard’s thunder by leaking that information. We reported it here a few weeks ago, and MMO-Champion took the report to a level of detail that turned out to be very factual. They claimed that people found this by data mining, and some of that might be true, but it sure looks like they got some inside information. It’s turned out to be true, almost verbatim.
So what does that mean for WoW players? In my opinion it creates what has to be the most exciting expansion yet. But this expansion is certainly not without risk.
When the news broke officially today I was at work without access to the Blizzard web site or this one. Of course, I had to comment so I did what everyone else seems to be doing today and turned to Twitter. Here is what I said;
We’re all excited about Cataclysm now. What’s the over/under on the date that people will call for “classic” servers?
You know how we are. And when I say “we” I mean us MMO gamers. We clamor for something when we like the romantic notion of it, but we don’t necessarily like it when we get it. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this one is going to be a little different. I do believe that there will be those who long for the “old” Azeroth once it’s gone. I can totally see Branyanu and I running around somewhere in the old world the last days before the patch hits, soaking it in one last time. We did that at the end of beta, parking our favorite beta characters up on the top of a mountain as we watched the server click down to the end, never to see them again. I’m sure that nostalgia will strike again.
But in reality, the old zones have served their purpose, and now lie mostly dormant. The ones that don’t are often the scene of level 80’s murdering level 30’s. Maybe in the post-Cataclysmic Azeroth there will be mechanisms that make that harder to do. If you’ve read this blog for a while you know I’m no fan of Wolf vs. Sheep PVP. But I digress. The old zones will now be filled with new scenery, monsters, and challenges. Blizzard has already said that the monsters are “leveling up” as we speak. Sounds like they are planning on shaking up the old bestiary too, at least on how tough they are.
I’m not going to report all the new features, you all probably already know them. If not click the graphic of the new logo above to be taken to the Cataclysm official site.
Are you guys looking forward to this as much as I am?