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Blizzard have no plans on flying mounts in Warlords of Draenor, or beyond

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It’s always been expected that Blizzard would eventually patch in the ability to fly again in their latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor. But in a recent interview with Polygon, lead designer Ion Hazzikostas has gone on to say that not only does Blizzard not intend to put flying back in Warlords of Draenor, but any future expansion too.

"At this point, we feel that outdoor gameplay in World of Warcraft is ultimately better without flying," explained Hazzikostas. "We're not going to be reintroducing the ability to fly in Draenor, and that's kind of where we're at going forward."

Speaking to Polygon in an interview about the upcoming 6.2 patch, lead designer Ion Hazzikostas reasoned with the removal of flying mounts.

"Having looked at how flying has played out in the old world in the last couple of expansions, we realized that while we were doing it out of this ingrained habit after we introduced flying in The Burning Crusade, it actually detracted from gameplay in a whole lot of ways," Hazzikostas said. "While there was certainly convenience in being able to completely explore the world in three dimensions, that also came at the expense of gameplay like targeted exploration, like trying to figure out what's in that cave on top of a hill and how do I get up there."

The common example of flying being an issue for the designers, is the ability to fly over obstacles and threats. A quest might intend for you to battle through a mass of enemies to reach your destination, while having to contend with environmental hazards along the way. But if you had access to a flying mount, you can just skip all of that altogether.

Flying is nevertheless, going to be missed - certainly on the forums, the reaction from fans and players isn’t overwhelmingly positive. Some of the rarest mounts in the game are ones that can fly, and if what Hazzikostas says is true, players will only be able to see their flying animations in expansions distant past.

What’s your take on it all?

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Dog Pants Avatar
2 Years ago

I like flying mountss, and the 'outdoor experience' finishes with the endgame. So now in order to do daily quests you have to plod around everywhere, getting bogged down in mobs while you try to get where you're going. I don't like having my movement restricted once I've finished the quest lines. The thought of having to grind my way through endless fauna in order to get from A to B put me off going back to Warcraft for five years. Unless they do something else to remove that tedium in replacement of flying mounts I can see my time in Draenor being my last contact with the game. Every time my daily fishing quest sends me to Spires of Arak I abandon it.

zarianoel Avatar
2 Years ago

I am not happy about losing flying mounts from Draenor and the expansions after. I have a feeling Blizzard will regret that decision. I have been itching for the next expansion so that they might patch in flying for the Draenor lands. This all is news to me and I will join the chorus of naysayers to "No Fly Zones" going forward :(

Darrgoth Avatar
2 Years ago

I used to love exploration on WoW but flying mounts have spoiled me in games. Now it's a feature I require ultimately or I won't pay to play a game. I can understand not having them at first but they should always patch it in later. WoW has lost my sub because I want to fly on my mount and I cannot any longer in the new areas. May sound dumb to some but It's beyond stupid to not have it.

Winter\Mancer Avatar
2 Years ago

So really what Blizz is saying: "We spent countless millions of dollars and man hours bringing you flying mounts and flying mounted quests in the last three major expansions, and we're just too fucking lazy to keep doing it. So fuck you, and you're love for flying mounts, and how many hundreds of thousands of gold and man hours you spent collecting the best looking and fastest ones. Cocaine!!"

He's give a shit response to why their removing it. There's no fucking reason to remove the flying mounts. "We want our players, we like when this, we like when that". Fuck you. Stop trying to decide how people play the game so it benefits the fucking developers. That's pure bullshit. Make the game open, add the assets and let players play how they want, or quit the industry. That's how it should work. Tired of shit game developers trying to control players.