EDIT: “destroy” was a terrible title, degrade, downward path, etc would be better. generally - depending on the time differentials for people, moving too quickly may turn out to be an unforced-error /EDIT
This article is a fair sum up of reality. Google " This Push to Open Schools Is Guaranteed to Fail" to find it. TL-DR it’s just saying that things like school, day care, camps, and so on … they just aren’t happening on scale yet. Believe what you will, espouse whatever politics you want, thing thing dngaf about politics. The thing is the thing. It doesn’t give a crap about misdirecting spin.
So, what does that mean for WOW and Shadowlands?
This is not a board game. It’s MMO where bulks of people give this game life. There need to be functioning guilds and raids and crafters and harvesters and m+ people and pvpers and on and on and on and on. And at the start of an XPAC there is no greater time where population density is needed. The competitive run up to find a get things and learn things and set things up. There is no other time in MMO where the game is more of a race. And it’s a race where people are needed online, in bulk, to create the community. And people need to be online in a sustained manner too. Most everyone in my group is on break now, reseting up so they can be present for the pitch.
Therein lies the problem.
With the game being so old … well a great many of us are old now too. For a great many of us online participation is only a function of functioning Schools, Day Care, Work, and other things that give us blocks of free time to be ingame. And this fall? I’m screwed. Is everyone in our guild screwed? No. But a bunch of us are. And a bunch of us ingame everywhere who won’t be able to participate in the race. Won’t be able to participate in that run-up time where the XPAC gets going.
That will have an effect. That will have a big game dropping effect on many many people. A “well, perhaps it’s time” sort of bomb going off in the game with ripple waves that will touch everywhere. In a way that’s not recoverable.
Delay release. And if release can’t be delayed then delay the run up. Take a longer time before raid is opened up. That sort of thing. Allow those of us whose lives will be truly screwed, to participate.
Now - the creative one here. This is important. Structure things differently. There’s no need for us to have to touch the game so frequently. In BFA, we had returning players says “what to I have to do to get may character in raid-maintenance-mode?”. They want to play and participate with the group but they need weekly and monthly tasks that allow them to participate. Not all this daily crap.
The weekly BFA vale and uldim assaults were a fair example of this. Complete 3 assaults in a week and you generally get most of the reward. If you had oodles of time, ok you could play every day for a minor bump. My advice for shadowlands is make the weekly and monthly tasks give more reward and let the daily bump slide. The downside there is we had to convert the currency in time consuming HVs … but live and learn.
Well have to go, life calls, there’s enough here to get the point or flush it. Which goes for the game as well. Get the point or look forward to Shadowlands being Ghostlands.