I think there needs to be content for every type of player, this includes outdoor content. If you look back to different expansions such as Mists of Pandaria and Legion, at least for me, it felt like there was a ton of solo content that I could do on multiple characters, many options to progress my character without the 100% necessity to have to do organized content.
I think organized content is good, I know it’s a big part of what makes WoW what it is today. However, not all content needs to be organized. LFR during Mists of Pandaria had some challenge to it, but it was queueable content that was easy to get into. As someone with a crippling disability, anxiety will always win the war when it comes to me wanting to do organized content.
So, I stick to doing LFR and outdoor content Not just due to my disability, but because I enjoy those aspects of the game much more. To me, WoW should be fun, engaging and not feel like a full time job. Whenever I have to utilize things like discord, voice chat, have to turn off my game music so I can hear people talking, that isn’t fun for me. I like destroying bosses with other players, but in a manner that I find fun for ME.
Clearly not every one is going to want to do LFR or outdoor activities as their main source of activities on WoW, but there are a lot more of us type of players than anyone is willing to admit or probably even realizes.
Outdoor content should be a thing given ample attention to. No, that doesn’t mean we should be able to get the best gear, best looking mounts for little effort, I’m not saying that at all. I’m just saying more options provide more gameplay value for players that may not be able to keep up with organized content. Yes, I’ve made friends over the 16 years I’ve played, but I don’t want to be carried in a raid due to my disabilities. I can play the game fine with my conditions, but someone at equal ilevel will probably be able to dish out just a bit more DPS than I can. That’s not something I have any control over, trust me, I’ve practiced, worked my butt off, but it’s physically tiring and painful to try and keep up at that level. I used to be able to, but you can’t predict physical ailments.
Mists of Pandaria had Timeless Isle, tons of options to gear alts, upgrades available for that gear, tons of reputation, mounts, toys, pets, bosses, it was some of the most fun I’ve ever had in WoW. I realize outdoor end-game zones aren’t something only in MoP, but none has ever matched that feel as I had back then.
Suramar from Legion is another example of outdoor content that gave solo players a plethora of activities to do. You had Wither training, a HUGE questline that led to the raid, unlocking new fun things throughout the city, exploring, had some of my most fun in the game in this zone. My favorite zone to date by far.
I understand we’ve yet to see what outdoor world content will like for Dragonflight, but how vague of a response we’ve received in the interviews I’ve watched doesn’t leave me excited at the overall prospect. Sounds like a lot of cosmetic options, but not much room for a lot of fun outdoor activities, I will keep my fingers crossed and hope that I am wrong, but I just have a sinking suspicion the outdoor content will be slim pickings.
In regards to season 4, yes I’m disappointed there isn’t more to do for outdoor content players, but it’s an experimental shortened season, so I’m fine with that. I don’t understand why they couldn’t have left the XP buff up until at least either Anniversary or pre-patch. It gives players like me little incentive to log in. Actually so much so that I won’t be actively subscribed until pre-patch is released because there’s nothing for me to do. That may sound like me whining or others may call me entitled and that’s okay, I don’t mind being labeled with whatever someone wishes, but I won’t be scared to voice my opinions, as strongly opinionated as I am, I don’t think I’m wrong with much of what I’m asking, discussing.
More outdoor content, more things to do outside of raiding, PVP and M+ dungeons, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.