I love this game. It has been a part of my life for almost two decades. I have never closed my account and I have always played, without breaks. I have raided, all difficulty levels across the expansions and done 5 man content and been ultra casual. A collector in the extreme.
I find myself struggling this expac with the sheer amount of overwhelming CRAP I log into on a fresh character. It is absolutely overwhelming. I feel almost… anxious.
This is probably because I, like many other long time players, am a completionist. I like to be caught up and organized. I like handling my daily tasks in an organized fashion.
When you create a new character in these last few expansions; you’re bombarded with a thousand things to do from a thousand different directions.
I KNOW WE CAN IGNORE the earlier ‘gearing’ mechanics of the Forbidden Reach… but we STILL get quests for it. I know we can ignore most of the quests if we want – but your renown will suffer, even WITH the buffs you get from other characters being max renown. It is a headache and a pain in the butt and it makes me NOT want to log into alts. It makes me NOT want to HAVE alts.
It didn’t used to be this way, but the creep of ‘content’ is absurd at this phase and needs a severe trim.
Being an 18 year veteran I’ve seen all the attempts at player retention you have tried to make, with also trying to manage the immense egos of your development team who. in all honesty, have no interest at all in making the game fun, and seem to want to develop things at odds to player enjoyment and ease of play.
Particularly with trying to make this a skill game for eSports. It’s been a silly endeavor from the start and you cater to those <01% of players and really – what the bulk of the playerbase is playing is just a watered down version of the “real” game that those high end people play, what the developers tinker and tinker and screw up specializations for… has nothing to do with us people down on the ground. We just are shadows who… pay their paychecks.
Oh and fwiw; Activision suits, no one, absolutely no one, wants to play WoW because they saw some eSport stream. lol I think it’s kind of hilarious you ‘business model’ people even believe that. Do you even play games? It feels like you are beyond out of touch. And have never been in touch. Blizzard has lost a lot, since being bought by Activision.
But despite this rant, that no one will care or read or anything and I already know I’m shouting into the void; I just want to ask, as one of your most loyal players for over two decades easily (because after all, I didn’t just begin with WoW. I played Warcraft and Starcraft and Diablo, too)…
Please, for the love of all that’s holy and F U N;
Let us have account-wide renown at the very least and if you were feeling generous – account-wide MAIN STORYLINES. Yes, yes, YES I KNOW we can SKIP. But you cannot skip everything – and even that stresses me out - and it’s boring, and I don’t want to do it 4 times.
I would play so much MORE if I wasn’t harassed with so MUCH in my face when logging on a new character.