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Warlords of Draenor: Flight Path Upgrade

Posted Sat, Apr 19, 2014 by Mem

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As you probably already know, the newest World of Warcraft expansion; Warlords of Draenor, will be taking away our ability to fly. Not forever, but we will be flightless for awhile. With that in mind, players entering into Warlords will find themselves totally grounded, asked to walk about the world and level just like in the good old days. The only other option available is to make use of the (time consuming) flight paths or other public modes of transport stationed around the world.


While this caused many players to groan in utter dismay, Blizzard has recently assured us that things won't be so bad after all. Could this be true? Or will players in Warlords of Draenor find themselves trudging sullenly through the landscape, with only the prospect of a long and tedious flight in sight? Read on to find out.


The Scenic Route

One of the major gripes about expecting players to use only ground mounts in the next expansion is that this forces them to make use of flight paths. These links, that span across the world, will be the only way to move from zone to zone without walking there. Doesn’t sound so bad in theory, but flight paths have one major glaring flaw.


You see, flight paths just aren't the speedy transports they should be. They wander through the landscape, taking a very slow route that sometimes doesn't even make sense. It is great if you are out to take in the sights, but if you just want to get from point A to point B and quickly, you are out of luck. This hasn’t been really problem, since players have had the ability to fly themselves where ever they wanted, until now.


With Warlords of Draenor taking away our ability to fly, at least for a little while, the prospect of using these meandering flight paths is a gloomy one. I mean, who really wants to spend 10 minutes in flight, even if the view is stunning? No one. Thankfully, Blizzard also decided this as a problem. To fix it, they are planning on doing new flight paths in Warlords of Draenor a little differently:


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As you can see from the blue post above, flight paths introduced in Warlords of Draenor will not be like those we have now. Instead of seeing the sights, flight paths will take the player where they want to go in the fastest way possible, a blessing if I ever heard one. Even better, beta testers can weigh in on the speed and efficiency of flight paths, potentially making them even quicker than we ever could have dreamed.


Land of Plenty – Flight Paths


Of course, things are rarely as simple as that. Quickness and efficiency are not things that need to be changed in the flight path department. As well as being speedy, there needs to be more flight paths in the game. They also need to be in very convenient locations.


Ground travel is to be expected, that is the reason Blizzard has limited us from flying. No player wants to walk 5 miles, crossing a ravine filled with scorpions, to get to the nearest flight path. Nor do they want to disembark and have to hike across half the zone to get to their intended destination. If this stipulation is fulfilled, combined with the promised increased speed, flight paths will be almost perfect. Who doesn't like to hop on and not have to worry about anything, all while they are whisked safely to their destination.


Kalimdor Flight Map


Being Grounded Isn't So Bad

I, personally, feel that the removal of flying is an excellent choice. Even if the flights were long and drawn out, I would still stand by this. Flying is a great way to get about, but you miss out on so much in the process. With Warlords of Draenor promising to host tons of things to discover, it would be a shame to simply fly over it all.


With all that being said, no one wants to walk from zone to zone. It takes a long time and you end up facing off with any creatures or players that happen to attack you along the way. Blizzard of course plans to remedy at least half of this problem. If they remedy the other half I will gladly rush to flight paths, with even more enthusiasm than a kid running into a candy store. So let us cross our fingers and hope that the flight paths in Warlords will be something we love, rather than loathe. We can also hope that in the future these changes will be applied to all flight paths in the game. Do you think the revamp of Warlords of Draenor flight paths will make you feel better about using them? What other changes would you like to see made? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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