Saturday, August 04, 2007
Blizzard announces Wrath of the Lich King
... and it turns out that my Freezing Jihad predictions of the second expansion being very much like the first were not so far off the mark. Wrath of the Lich King (WotLK) will in fact add the icy continent of Northrend to the game, which will have level 70 to 80 content, raising the level cap by another 10. WoWInsider has the live blog from the Blizzcon presentation. There will be no new races, one new hero class, one new crafting profession, and the new zones with new high-level content. Siege engines and destructible buildings are being added to PvP. And elven hairdressers will finally be introduced, allowing you some character customization, while also teaching you some new dances.
I am completely underwhelmed. Where is the innovation? Where is player housing? Where is the new mid-level content? Apparently WotLK will have absolutely no new content below level 70. The only remotely interesting feature is the first hero class, the Death Knight. There will be a level 80 quest to unlock him, which does *not* delete your current level 80 character, but allows you to make a new level 1 Death Knight. Apparently from any race, even Gnome Death Knights have been mentioned. Yay!
Although I'm not excited about it, I'll probably buy the expansion, level one or two characters from 70 to 80, play a bit with the Death Knight, and cancel my account again after 3 months. During those 3 months I will gain green and blue items that are more powerful than the purple items people are currently getting from raids, so why would I want to stay for the raiding end game? If Blizzard wants my monthly fees all year long, they better release expansions with a bit more content than this.