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11-06-2011 @ 12:29PM
Well there are certainly plenty of people who like world PvP (present company included) but I think most trends in this game point to it becoming less of a desirable way to spend one's time leveling or at the end game. Most players that are into PvP will go into BG's or arenas. Then you have the great majority of WoW players that prefer to PvE, raid, and login to PvE servers so that they never have to deal with fighting the opposite faction. There was a period in vanilla wow when world PvP was one of the main ways to play the game but I'd argue that for most of WoW's existence it's been relatively low priority from both a developer and player perspective. We'll see how that changes in MoP. I'm sure there are a lot of ways the developers can encourage people to fight in the world. The question is whether or not players will want to do this. I'm really of the opinion that most players log on WoW to conveniently consume PvE content as fast and relaxingly as possible. Not too many players quit or leave servers because they aren't getting ganked enough. Maybe factions will mean something more in the next expansion and people will really enjoy killing each other in the open world again. All I know is that in the game's current state where you get fight your own faction in BG's, play both factions on a PvP server, chat with the opposite faction via bnet, and level through the whole game in dungeons, factions don't mean as much from a gameplay perspective as they once did.
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