Just a theory here, take it or leave it. And this is coming from someone whose sub runs out on the first, and will not be renewing it.
But the impression I get from DF, based on the little time I’ve spent in it, is that it “isn’t finished.” Seeing tiny critters everywhere, but with no pet icon above them, and no space in my pet journal, so I know I’m not just missing possible pets. They aren’t pets. Yet.
I’m just being optimistic here and think they plan on releasing more as the expansion continues. I think the flying mechanics probably soaked up most of their time and there are still plans to give more in a lot of areas, including pet battling. Remember, we’re a very tiny niche subcommunity. Raiders, dungeon denizens, PvPers, questers. etc. do take priority over us, as it should be. They are much larger communities than ours.
I’m just saying, I think there’s more to come for us, eventually. I won’t be here to see it, probably, but I feel convinced there’s more.
My solution for drawing more people into PvP pet battling? Reward honor for it. Why not? We’re battling other players. And there are pets in the game that require a certain honor level in order to purchase them. So, we should have honor as a reward for pet battling. Not saying the honor rewards should be on the same level as PvP, but I think we’re entitled to some.