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3-20-2012 @ 12:09AM
"When Wrath came out, I fell in love with Northrend, and not having a proper continent to discover in Cataclysm was really one of the downsides to the expansion in my opinion. I'm looking forward to adventuring around Pandaria."I totally agree with this, 100%. Having a new continent to immerse yourself in is part or most of what makes WoW work. But I think there *was* a new continent in Cata, but it was 1-60 together with 80-85 that made the continent.The great tragedy of Cata is that player expectations were not in line with what the expansion really was: the meat of the expansion was the revamped 1-60, which was enormous, sweeping in its changes, and really well done. For me to do literally every single quest, and love it, in zones like Feralas, Desolace, Darkshore, Westfall, etc, really testifies to the fact that they produced A LOT of solid content.80-85 in contrast was smaller in its content, and probably not as consistently delivering (even postmortem interviews with devs revealed that the 1-60 was intensely focused on, resulting in less development time to spare for 80-85). But the player expectation was that 80-85 was THE expansion, and the were anticipating some monstrous new questing area like Northrend or Outland. Expect it wasn't. The monstrous new continent was vanilla Azeroth herself, and the 80-85 experience was constituted by a small sprinkling of zones.
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