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MMOSide Chat: Do You Still Get excited For MMO Expansion Launches?

A Fireside chat about expansions

Joseph Bradford Posted:
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Later on today, players will be queuing up and hammering Blizzard's servers, eager to jump into the latest expansion for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. The excitement I see online is palpable, especially given its delay has only made the anticipation more pronounced. 

I'm definitely eager to see what Shadowlands has to offer, but I can't say I'm shaking with excitement, personally. I didn't jump into the Beta (Robin, our WoW expert tackled that for us and will also be providing our review), so I'm going into Shadowlands without any prior experience with the content, personally. 

It's a shame, too. I'm not someone who played WoW when it originally launched, instead coming to Azeroth quite late compared to many of my friends. I was incredibly excited for Battle for Azeroth when it launched, but I'm just not feeling the same with Shadowlands

And that's not a knock on the expansion or Blizzard, but I can't quite put my finger on why. Personally, I think the issues surrounding LotRO's recent "mini-expansion" controversy sucked some of the excitement out of me, its issues bleeding into my feelings surrounding the industry as a whole right now. But that might change once I log in with my Pandaren Monk later on today to see first hand the havoc Sylvanas has wrecked. 

So I ask you, dear reader: Do you still get excited for expansion launches? Why or why not? And if so, what was the last expansion you found yourself really excited to jump into when it finally went live?


Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore