For many users gaming may be nothing more than opening the latest app on their phone and playing for a few minutes before moving on to something, and despite recent changes in online regulations making participation options for some limited as many online betting sites and casinos are finding restrictions through platforms such as Gamstop, many operators are finding ways to skirt the rules as these aren’t registered and available to all players – but for others gaming is much more and a recent developer update on the next World of Warcraft expansion has many hoping there are good things to come.
The next expansion of the world’s biggest massively multiplayer online role playing game is set to release later this year – but it had been confirmed yesterday that the release is scheduled for this fall leading many to believe a late October or mid November release date is the most likely scenario – some do believe this is a little earlier given some issues with the most recent expansion release in Battle for Azeroth, but it does seem that the developers are listening to the community a lot more this time around and leaving adequate time for balance changes to come. In the developer update, all of the new features and their changes had been mentioned alongside other talking points such as dungeons and the plans for one of the ingame mechanics, mythic+, which is largely broadcast through the MDI, or Mythic Dungeon International tournament – it was a lot packed into the video and primarily aimed at the core fans and audience, but it has provided some rough outlook to the roadmap ahead.
What this does bring for many, however, is the hope that the MMO genre still has some life left in it – the genre as a whole has been slowly dropping off the map over the past few years as other popular titles have started to take their place and little new innovation is made – it’s easy to see why, MMO’s are extremely costly to develop and to continue running, and have had the core gameplay established for so many years that deviations to that are often not taken so well, even so much so that we may start to see fewer and fewer of these games as they slowly lose their core audience. Whilst there are still some popular active titles such as Final Fantasy XIV, and Guild Wars 2, neither really active player numbers similar to World of Warcraft, we’re also seeing the release of Amazon Game Studios new entry in New World, but whether or not that will be a success is a bit hit or miss.
Shadowlands could very well be amongst the last of the hugely anticipated releases in the genre for some time, these expansions tend to last around two years and a rough start similar to what happened through BfA may spell some bad news for the current player count – the big hope for many is that they get it right, the room for mistakes is starting to shrink.
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