We are two weeks away from TBC, the first expansion to World of Warcraft. It’s a big deal, largely because, well quite literally, it will change the game.
The biggest thing: the maximum level moves from 60 to 70. Why is this so important:
- People have been sitting at level 60 for about two years. This means that level hasn’t been that important as a differentiator for a long, long time. So since everyone has been stuck at 60 they’ve differentiated across different axes:
- Equipment: There are currently 3 tiers of equipment that are dramatically different. Even the people with tier 1 are dramatically more “powerful” than those in “tier .5” or “tier 0″… And there are very few with full sets of tier 3. But basically all this stuff will be obsolete withing a few months of the expansion release (since people will be 70 and the level 70 stuff is better than even tier 3).
- PVP: This has been fun. The rewards, however, are all equipment. So all the PVP people have been doing was a fun game, but all the “output” again gets washed away. Start over when you get to 70.
So I think there might be a resurgence of playing, but I’m not sure. I have not been to Outland (the big new area) in TBC, although I have played the beta. I messed around as a dranei and a blood elf (the new races) and it was pretty fun. But I couldn’t bring myself to level up to 70 only to have it wiped when the expansion is released, so I haven’t seen the high end stuff. I’m looking forward to checking it out.