Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Why wow's MoP just might be the greatest thing ever

I've been studying the development of MoP (Mists of Pandaria) with greater and greater enthusiasm.

Not for the class changes, nor the fluff of Pandaars (although I do not mind them). But this is the first ever expansion in wow where the storyline is not a complete given.

In the very first expansion The Burning Crusade, we where told by the great evil that we where NOT PREPARED (but it turned out that as raiders steamrolled through content, that it was in fact the devs who where not prepared). There was one big bad baddie, and the entire expansion where about defeating Illidan. First to weakening him by taking out his leutenants, then breaching his fortress then killing him.

In the second expansion Wrath of the Lich king, we where told the story of the alliances would be greatest hero, who then turned to evil. There was one big bad baddie, and the entire expansion where about defeating Arthas. First to weakening him by taking out his leutenants, then breaching his fortress then killing him.

In the latest expansion The greatest threat to the world (ever) almost destroyed said world in Cataclysm, and it was up to both alliance and horde to stop him. There was one big bad baddie, and the entire expansion where about defeating Deathwing. First to weakening him by taking out his leutenants, then breaching his fortress then killing him

...Notice a pattern here?

In Mists of Pandaria there is... well uhm. Notice a difference in tone? Well for one, this isn't a launch trailer like the rest. But there is an important point here. There is no greater evuuul that both horde and alliance must work together in order to defeat, and save everything. There is a new continent, sure, but no new grand evil - That we now of.
And that is the important bit. For once the launch of an expansion is not just a countdown to when you get to kill the final boss (or Kil'jaden). It is a new continent. It will be alliance and horde fighting over territory, and maybe then the big evil will emerge. But we don't know whom, we don't know when. We don't even know for sure. All we know is that there will be an expansion.
In movie terms we are watching alien 1(for the first time). We know something is about to go down. But we have no idea what, when or how.
And that has sort of gotten me interested in WoW again. Of all things.

Wow (litterally), I did not see that happening.

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