Mists of Pandaria launches September 25, but I won’t be playing — at least right away. World of Warcraft and I have had an off and on again relationship over the years. I played right up until Burning Crusade launched, server 1sted all of the content and ran with the hardcore crowd, then quit and never played BC. Then I picked up again a few weeks after WotLK launched, played, quit, then returned again for a longer stint until a few months before Cataclysm, played Cataclysm a bit, quit, returned, then quit again. Are you lost yet? I’ve decided to stay away from this expansion for a few reasons.
First, I’ll be playing Guild Wars 2. I don’t intend on taking GW2 lightly, either. I took a very slow and easy approach to SWTOR, but this time around I want to play hard and accomplish more in GW2 than I have in recent MMO’s. I fully plan on playing and streaming in all of my free time. It will be a significant change from my recent laid back approach to MMO’s. I will be extremely shocked if I am not still engrossed in Guild Wars so soon into launch.
Second, I’m done pretending like I can ignore the pattern. I really enjoy WoW’s questing. I may even enjoy it more than GW2’s. But I hate what happens to WoW when you finish questing. I hate gear treadmills, raiding to get gear to be able to raid to get the next gear tier. Literally, turning on a dime, WoW changes from one game to another — in this case, a game I enjoy into a game I hate.
Mists of Pandaria is going to be just like Cataclysm, just like Wrath of the Lich King, and just like everything we know and love to hate about WoW. If you like more of the same, as millions do, then power to you. Blizzard hasn’t shown me they can do anything new.
So that’s my excuse, for now. I can’t promise that I won’t, one day, pick up Mists if GW2 content is getting stale. I’m not averse to giving the game a try one day, but I know it will be for the questing, a few trips through the dungeons, and nothing else.