I don’t mean to shit on your parade, I really don’t. But I am Mr. Meh. And though at times I can be positive and energetic, the simple fact of the matter is I’m truly just an argumentative defiant jerk, and I calls it like I sees it. And I see a lot of shadows and blurrs, and my whiskey sometimes makes me bitter. So brace your chair, your ass cheeks, and your optimism and turn back while you still can, cuz imma bout to piss you off.
There’s no way it’s going to be an expansion.
There, I said it. Stop reading, go to my comments and flail away.
The honest simple matter of the fact is a google translation of ‘new content’ does not equal OMG PWN NOOBNESS EXPANSION OF EPIC PROPORTIONS. New content could be anything. As simple as more weapon art or as complex as totally new character customization.
T5, new races, new classes, new areas, new gear …. ummmmm… nope. I would love it, but nope. We would have seen hiring post, not layoffs. We would be getting fed more info, instead of vagueness. You just don’t go building an expansion and keep it secret. I mean really, how successful will a ninja expansion be?
Surprize, expansion!!! That’s super effective marketing right ‘der.
Name me a developer that didn’t go to the top of every mountain and scream ‘We have an expansion coming,’ the absolute moment the budget was laid out for the acquisition. ‘OMG, we have some investment money!!! OMG OMG!!! We will do an expansion, it might take 2 years, but its coming folks, please don’t leave us. DONT LEAVE US YET!’ A comical adapation of a developer, but none the less true.
‘So hey, huh, we actually been working on some new stuff. Its like cool and shit, ummm … so it’s like ready and stuff… here you go.’ Yeah, that seems like a good idea. Lose your populations to a majority of players just looking for new stuff, while secretly working on ‘new content.’ I mean Ninja > Pirate, right? You’ll win. And all those players that rage logged will just flock right back after hearing your whisper of expansion in the wind.
So, short of August ending and Mythic going “EA has approved a budget for an expansion, we should have it ready in a year,” I don’t have high hopes for an expansion any time soon if at all. Though some might, I don’t. I read and read and talk to people online, the excitement is overwhelming from all sides. People are in just such a frenzy of what these secret revelations to come at GamesCon Cologne and GamesDay Baltimore are, that I think they lost their realism and sense.
I mean in 2 years of game play, the gaming breakthrough was keeping up with constant tweaking and fixes. Sure, we got 4 new classes eventually; please overlook the fact that they should have been ready at launch, despite what the former devs said. We did get a Free Expansion, which led us to believe the momentum was there, but then new content just died after Hunter’s Vale. In the first year, we received new content every other month. In the second year, we received SC weapons and a redesigned city eventually in 6 month intervals. Both great things, but it’s been a year. And in a year, I have made and lost a lot of friends, all leaving for the same reason, they were going nowhere.
So I say to you Mythic, you are a cruel cruel prude. You have all these adolescent boys at your place, feeding them lines and hints, they are practically nutting in their pants. ‘OMG, we are going to get lucky.’ You are killing them with suspense and you left vague all over your intentions. And in that void and lack of information, the masses went right to the extreme and have convinced themselves of an expansion (IE oral sex). So when you go to finally state what it is that you have, rage is going to consume them. The natural reaction of any little boy that was expecting Voltron for Christmas and got rip-off G.I. Joes instead. RAGE.
So what are my guesses on the announcement:
Best Case: New Zone (LOTD Mirror) – Complete with one-sided RvR, broken dungeons, and chinese gold farmers. What realm to put it in though? Hmmmm … I don’t know, how about Skaven.
Most Likely: A Neat Live Event (Hunter’s Vale Mirror) – Frustrating one time offer to go grind for some epic jewelry or fancy dancy pocket pet. It will be eventually retired to sit in the middle of no-where in a T2 area. Ready for a group of PUGs to go wipe in it constantly, and rage log forever.
Kind of Likely: Content Update of a Sort. Like custom stat armor pieces, 4th Mastery Trees, or the Introduction of even more CC (Like a 17 second Flatulence Effect – you become limp and have to stand there in embarrassment for that time, you can try to cast things, but there potency is not enough to satisfy your Witch Elf).
Unlikely: EA has approved for us to make new content. The new content will consist of new classes like, Jedi, I mean Greatswords, and Droids, I mean pets, and Sith, I mean Execuitioners. The expansion will be called Star Wars: The Old Republic, I mean Warhammer Online: The Old Empire.
I’m not afraid of calling it out. There will be no expansion, because if there was, it would have leaked by now. So go ahead, rage now on my comments (I’m an attention whore). It’s best to get it out now.
FYI. I apologize ahead of time. I really thought the CC Flatulence idea was funny, but I do realize that if Mythic reads this, it could come true. If it does, I’m sorry, but I still regret nothing.