I’d like to extend my disgruntled opinions upon the redundant ways we, the players, have to go through to earn the ability to fly throughout Azeroth.
Pathfinder, on paper, sounds like a good idea. And, for the expansions of Warlords of Draenor and Legion, it served a purpose to get flying as we had relevant content to work on to earn the achievement. However, currently in Battle for Azeroth, I believe Pathfinder no longer fits within the game, as it feels like we are being forced to do things the achievement requires that are no longer worth engaging.
World quests, which have been rehashed from Legion, do NOT bring forth much (or any if at all) satisfaction, engagement, or FUN because we’ve had our fill of them since the previous expansion, and they just feel like a cheap way to keep us doing things you, Blizzard Ent., think is relevant within the game.
I understand why you want us to work for flying. I get it. It lets us feel like we’ve accomplished something. But, if we have to wade through waist deep in a river of poo for months, is the reward worth it?
I believe I’ve come up with a solution to giving us flying without any fuss, as well as an idea to make flying throughout the zones more engaging.
• First, at the beginning of the expansion, just outright GIVE us flying. At a ridiculous and expensive fee. 100,000 gold maybe. This would give us that carrot on a stick that we’d WANT to get. Having Flying at such a high cost would have us, the players, work our butts off trying to get the gold so we don’t have to work towards the redundancy of Pathfinder requirements. It may also require you, Blizzard Ent., to design zones to level in with flight in mind, as you did back in Wrath of the Lich King, but I, at least, would have faith in you succeeding in doing so. And, to be quite honest, I preferred spending tons of gold for flying back in Wrath as it felt more like a reward or gift I properly earned.
• Second, have anti-aerial cannons scattered throughout each zone that will shoot us down if we fly near them. These cannons can be World objectives, like world bosses, that can be captured once a week. Once captured, the players are free to fly within the area the cannon guarded on the map, and if ALL the cannons are captured, than the whole zone can be free for flight.
I am pitching this idea because I am absolutely disgusted with pathfinder, and I want to enjoy the content within World of Warcraft without feeling like I’m forced to do obligatory world quests to earn irrelevant reputations, or doing time-gated quests for a story I honestly couldn’t care about, just to fly.
I would also like to hear the thoughts/opinions of other players (as well as anyone at Blizzard Ent., though that’s wishful thinking) about this idea of mine.
A dissatisfied player/customer