EDIT: Blizzard has reversed their No Fly decision – we have added a new article HERE to reflect this, but are leaving this one in tact for readers to read.
It looks like all of those flying mounts in World of Warcraft may soon be grounded.
You will still be able to use them in the older areas, Burning Crusade, Cataclysm, and Lich King, but from Timeless Isle forward… They have had their wings clipped and it is quite likely a permanent clipping.
In a recent interview from Polygon, Warcraft’s lead designer, Ion Hazzikostas stated:
“The world feels larger, feels more dangerous,” he says. “There’s more room for exploration, for secrets, for discovery and overall immersion in the world. At this point, we feel that outdoor gameplay in World of Warcraft is ultimately better without flying. We’re not going to be reintroducing the ability to fly in Draenor, and that’s kind of where we’re at going forward.”
Do you see what he is getting at? Yeah, no flying in future expansions either.
Yeah, he had more to say about the soon to be released patch 6.2, but this is what really caught my eye. I love being able to fly, damnit. I don’t want my wings clipped! I DO enjoy being able to take flight and explore without running into something over-powered or a PVP situation.
I dunno… I mean, I see his point from a development view, and he does provide a compelling argument that they may create an objective to rescue someone and pre-flight you would have to run up and fight your way through a crown to get to that someone, but with flight you can drop it, tag them, and fly off. But you know what? Sometimes I want to do that, sometimes I don’t want to spend 20 minutes fighting mindlessly just to complete a rescue quest. It seems like a bad move to me.
What are your thoughts?