Blizzard caves to angry fans demanding to get high

In Blizzard’s latest World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, flying has been a contentious issue. Although airborne travel with capable mounts had become a staple in the MMO, Warlords forced players to remain grounded in order to experience the game more fully. After the studio made it clear it had no plans to introduce the mechanic into the expansion at a later time, hordes of players voiced their concern that ground travel was hindering their play experience and today an official blog post made it clear that flying would be available in an upcoming patch due to feedback.

At the heart of the initial plan to restrict flight in Draenor (even after players reach level 100) lies the design goal of providing the best moment-to-moment gameplay possible in the outdoor world. […] However, while we firmly believe that keeping your feet on the ground is a key part of discovery in WoW, we also recognize that breaking free from those restrictions can be fun and rewarding as well, especially for those who’ve already fully experienced the game’s world content. With that in mind, we’re planning some changes in the near future that will allow players to enjoy their hard-earned flying mounts in Draenor—in a way that doesn’t compromise the excitement of ground-based exploration. – World of Warcraft Blog

It certainly is a relief to hear that flying is coming down the pipe, although unlocking it sounds like it will take awhile. As I discussed in an earlier MMOnday, I purchased the Flying Reaver mount in World of Warcraft and am quite fond of its flying animation. It will nice to be able to enjoy it while questing in Draenor.

What do you think? Did Blizzard make the right call? Or will there be less participation in events due to people flying over them?