We all know that World of Warcraft was never meant to be a PVP game. It was a PVE game with mindless arena like PVP thrown in later on. World of Warcraft was meant to be a raiding game, and people simply dealt with the PVP system because WoW was their game and they really had nothing to do. What players needed was Alterac Valley that MATTERED. Well guess what, it is coming and what is bad for Blizzard is that it will be in another game with way better mechanics.
Open PVP server or not WoW's PVP has always been absolutely worthless. From the schlocky Gatorade sponsored (or whatever the sponsor is) arena tournaments to the terrible implementation of world PVP back into the game with the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, WoW pvp'ers really have nothing to look forward to but more meaningless arena grinding and fancy new shoulder graphics.
All that is about to change however with the FIRST major MMO since WoW's release on the horizon that features PVP that is balanced and meaningful. So what does Warhammer Online's release mean for the mindless drones that PVP in WoW right now?
To me it means looking at two types of PVP'ers.
First, a majority of the PVP'ers in WoW will jump games ASAP and never look back. These are the skilled players that PVP and do so in an organized fashion that have been chomping at the bit to get into some content that matters. To them, the ability to win and CHANGE what is going on around them will be huge. These are the things that WoW lacks that they have yearned for. A mass exodus to Warhammer Online will probably be planned by these players and take place on a guild wide scale. They are already drawing battle lines and planning for the future. They can also have their cake and eat it to. When not sieging castles or attacking enemy cities, they can do scenarios and get their cheap "WoW type" PVP fill. Good thinking Mythic.
Our second type of PVP'er does not care about working together with anyone, and this is a large case of the World of Warcraft populace. These are the people that will make fun of WAR's Realm VS Realm and claim it is dumb. These are the people that form arena teams with names like "Tom Cruise Ownz YOU" or "Beep, beep, I'm a Jeep". These are the people that will hop games for about three weeks, realize that Warhammer Online requires you to SLOW DOWN, THINK and WORK TOGETHER then quickly leave the game to return to their little ESPN arena PVP. Mainly this will happen because they don't want to fight to help the greater cause, they fight to get a new pair of shoulders so they can stand around Iron Forge and dance on the mailbox.
To some extent I cannot wait to see the fallout of WoW pvper's that fail miserably in Warhammer Online and the WoW pvp'ers that do well because they KNOW that it will truly be a war out there. Not a 15 minute American Gladiator match.
Once you take away the people that hate WoW's PVP, you start to get a trickle effect of the people that are tired of WoW's endgame PVE look at Warhammer Online as well. Once they see the game is made for BOTH styles of play, what we could see here is the first REAL dent in the WoW population base. I would also think that every other game with poor mechanics and PVP that really means nothing (Age of Conan and Tabula Rasa) will start to empty out fast.
I will not go so far as to say that Warhammer Online will save us all, because it is a tedious turn based combat MMO that we all have grown a tad weary of, but there is ENOUGH THERE to change the way things are done in the future. I think that Mythic has taken the steps to make sure that this game will appeal to everyone and have MEANINGFUL results for what YOU DO in game. Really lately that has been all I have wanted.
I cannot break the NDA, I cannot discuss the little game mechanics that matter. Suffice it to say they are there and kick WoW in the pants for the most part. All I know is I spent time sieging castles and defending them and pouring boiling oil on people and using battering rams and firing catapults and it truly is massive on a scale that many people have not seen. AND I LOVED IT. many of my readers know how much I LOATHE PVP, but lately I have logged in to simply go hunting for the enemy and my time has never been more fun that it has been in this game.
A few more weeks and they all will know!
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