I am a family man with limited time on my hands - work, child, wife and a construction project on my hands. I will definitely play Classic. To me, retail is a repetitive grind where your co players only want to see if your epeen is big enough to join their +6 speed run.
What i mean is - you CANNOT simplify who is playing classic and who is playing retail. Thats like saying all who speak spanish supports FC Barcelona.
Its all about preferences my man - just like sports, religion and politics. Stop trying to win the argument of what is best - and enjoy that blizzard will probably have a massive playerbase across the two games.
Cya in classic - or have fun with retail. Whatever floats your boat
As a Vanilla Veteran and a player who stopped playing WOW in legion I want to give you a couple of universal reasons why the older generations of WOW players want nothing to do the casual pit known as BFA.
We like MMORPGs which are hard.
Mists, WOD, Legion and BFA handed players epics with little to no effort.
Veteran players find this to be a betrayal of the effort they put into the game.
There is no immersion left in WOW.
When Classic was released there was a whole world to explore.
When an expansion is released you get a area size similar to one quarter the size of Azeroth. It feels that players are restricted to a small space.
Veteran players like to explore.
Talents are linear and everyone is the same.
Veterans like to theory craft their talent specs, itemisation and work with macros.
In BFA the talent system is so linear even a 5 year old could navigate it.
Back in Classic to WOTLK there was a rich economy of player crafted items and you needed other players too provide a variety of services like Enchants, Armour creation, Jewelcrafting etc. Now professions have became boring and too simplified.
But without dragging on to much Veteran players like to get lost in a MMORPG. You can’t get lost in BFA.
And the last thing is cost. BFA came out in the uk at £40. It still is £40 and most players aren’t going to pay top price for a game that is a failure.
If you think Classic players will leak across to BFA think again!
We will go and play something decent like Path of Exile.
You seem to be mistaking effort with time.
Classic isn’t hard, it’s stretched out and tedious.
And with each patch, we get more land to explore.
Enjoy “exploring” your 15 year old world that has been explored through and through Also, it runs the new client, so enjoy no wall jumping, limiting your pretend-exploration even further
Talents are only one part, then you have essences and traits, adding whole lot of customization. Add the fact that you can swap them on the go, you can use different combinations for different situations.
Meanwhile in classic, you will run with the same old cookie cutter spec - firstly, because you can’t just change it, second - it’s damn expensive, and finally - it’s 15 years old, it’s been theorycrafted through and through, only thing you can do is run some weird suboptimal spec for the sake of it
Macros are a thing on live too, you know. Only on live, they are a convenience - on classic, they are compensating for basic design flaws.
Like macroing /startattack to all your melee abilities - which has since been fixed.
But sure, you can play your pretend game and act like that’s something beneficial
The only thing that has been stripped off professions is the bonuses, which basically dictated what should you get for your raiding main.
You can still craft enchants, potions, mounts etc. as ever.
You haven’t even played the game, how could you tell? You seem to have gotten lost sometime during Legion, not even touching BfA
I mean, I should have known better, to check your profile before writing this lengthy post, but since the work’s been done, I’m not gonna delete it
I mean, sure, you’re a classic fanboy who know nothing about the live game, just regurgitating the common buzzwords coming from your kind…
Correction : a small team was taken away from the WoW team to work on classic slightly less than 2y ago, and they said that the WoW team was involved with classic launch & QA in an interview or the Reddit AMA
So while it’s true that Classic took ressources from retail, i doubt it’s responsible for any issues we faced in BFA.
The QA wasn’t involved in classic back in the BFA beta, the classic team doesn’t require art or developpement ressources past the website and ragnaros wallpaper.
It can be said that the classic beta took QA ressources from the 8.2 PTR but seeing how we recieved a daily hotfix every day for more than a month after 8.2 release i wouldn’t put too much importance on that.
Only consequence from classic is the lack of update in the 8.2.5 PTR, which seems to have stopped altogether for classic launch. Minor issue imo.
TLDR : classic took ressources but no real impact on BFA. Gotta find something else to blame for what you see in game folks
No they shouldn’t. Retail wow team is quite big already and it’s ranks are boosted by previous Diablo 3 team B.
Meanwhile Classic team consists of ~10 people, who are enthusiasts of it.
Sounds like someone is salty they are releasing a version of a game there is demand for, instead pumping wastefull resources into Retail.