Over the past few months I have been playing Retail, Classic and Classic HC, and once you play all 3 you kind of start noticing something.
It’s the feeling that attracts the audience.
When I play Classic HC, I do it on fixed days, in a group of 4 friends, and I feel like everytime I go out of a safe area, I’m plunged into a world of dangers, where I have to be extremely careful and be prepared for anything, while trusting my friends will have my back if needed.
Classic still brings the danger aspect, but now I feel like the danger aspect is only about the fact that stuff can kill me, and not exactly about the death itself, since I can always come back. The challenge and the feeling is still good, since I feel like I’m just one more in the vast world and I’m not at all the strongest saiyan around.
Retail feels…different. Don’t get me wrong, I love the game, and I go after my 2.5k and all, but the world itself is not the same as in the previous two.
Whenever I summon my dragon to go questing, I feel like a god. Coming out of its realm to rain havoc and destruction on entire villages fully populated.
There’s no such thing as danger. The world is weak. At best, it can pose a minor threat I can solve with 2 clicks in LFG.
Now, I’m not dissing on one to praise the other. I love them all, and I play (when time allows me) them all. I just think this stuff could be used to improve Retail.
There’s a game around, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, that brings the concept of Mythic+ into the world itself.
When you reach a certain level of gear, you can opt to play in a “higher ranking world”, with stronger enemies, smarter enemies (or at least more packed with abilities).
The world become more dangerous, and one simple pack of enemies on the street can mean trouble for your character.
Obviously this comes with better rewards in the end.
Do you guys think this kind of concept could be applied to World of Warcraft in today’s tech?
Would you like to see an option for a “classic-danger-like” retail world with better rewards for world quests/content?
Please keep in mind that I’m not advocating to change retail, but rather to add this option. I think everyone should play however they want… But man, wouldn’t I give my money to play retail with the same feeling I get from Classic and Classic HC…