We appreciate the spirited discussion on the topic of flying. The subject has brought out passionate viewpoints and sparked insightful conversations on our official forums and blogs, on community sites, and in chat channels. Your feedback has been a valuable part of the ongoing conversations within Blizzard as well, and today, we’d like to share some updated plans for how we’ll handle flight going forward.
At the heart of the initial plan to restrict flight in Draenor (even after players reach level 100) lies the design goal of providing the best moment-to-moment gameplay possible in the outdoor world. From navigating the lava flows of the Molten Front in Patch 4.2, to breaching the Thunder King’s stronghold in Patch 5.2, to reaching the heights of the Ordon Sanctuary on Timeless Isle in Patch 5.4, to uncovering secrets deep within Gorgrond’s jungles on Draenor, World of Warcraft is full of memorable moments that are only possible when players explore the world by ground. And as we’ve continued to develop content over the years, we’ve focused more and more on providing players with these kinds of experiences.
However, while we firmly believe that keeping your feet on the ground is a key part of discovery in WoW, we also recognize that breaking free from those restrictions can be fun and rewarding as well, especially for those who’ve already fully experienced the game’s world content. With that in mind, we’re planning some changes in the near future that will allow players to enjoy their hard-earned flying mounts in Draenor—in a way that doesn’t compromise the excitement of ground-based exploration.
In an upcoming Public Test Realm build, we will be introducing a new meta-achievement called Draenor Pathfinder. You’ll earn this achievement in Patch 6.2 by mastering the outdoor environment of Draenor—exploring Draenor’s zones, collecting 100 treasures in Draenor, completing the Draenor Loremaster and Securing Draenor achievements, and raising the three new Tanaan Jungle reputations to Revered. Initially, this achievement will award a rylak mount: the Soaring Skyterror, one of the native beasts that roam Draenor’s skies. Players will remain ground-bound on Draenor until a small follow-up patch (6.2.x), when all players who have earned Draenor Pathfinder on at least one character will unlock the ability to fly in Draenor on all their level 90+ characters.
We believe this strikes the right balance between ensuring ground-based content lives up to its full potential, while providing players who’ve already fully experienced Draenor’s outdoor world extra freedom to “break the rules.” This also provides a general blueprint going forward for content to come. Players will explore new and undiscovered lands from the ground, and then once they’ve fully mastered those environments—a notion that continues to evolve with each new expansion—they can take to the skies and experience the world from a new vantage point.
Thank you for your heartfelt feedback. We’ll see you in (and soon, above) Tanaan Jungle.
I'm conflicted about having to put so much work into "earning" flight.But then again, I'm already happy they don't keep their fingers in their ears going 'lalala' whilst the cry for flight gets louder every day.
I really like this method.
Dang, whats left for trolls to QQ about on forums now? :(
now do something like this for raids and im happy
FINALLY! Stoked! I'm sooo happy Bliz reversed their decision on this.
This is perfect way to earn flying.
This is a seriously elegant solution to a very divisive problem. I've honestly not had a problem with the way not flying has affected my game play in Draenor, but handling it this way ensures they're able to design content that makes players engage the environment (no hit-and-run), makes it a reasonably challenging reward for players who do engage with the world, and then spreads it to an account. Really, really well thought-out.
Apparently, I'm one of the only ones who liked the non-flying aspect of draenor =\"
This is what it should of been from day one. Doing this stuff without flying for the first time on your main toon is awesome. Questing out zones, finding treasures, exploring, all very fun without flying. Then after all is said and done, not being able to fly to do the daily grind, and then doing it again with alts is not fun. NOT FUN AT ALL! Not to mention archy, dailys, etc, etc..... not fun without flying.
Earning flying with achievements and doing something... Yeah, why not, i like it.
If you explore everything, do all the quest, raise reps etc... why do you need a flying mount after? To go to raids 2-3 min faster? Also, from what i see, Blizz doesnt really know what to do anymore and takes its ''ideas'' from people's comments... And to be honest, we all knew that at some point, we would fly again... There were too many issues otherwise. Lastly, this is a good way to force people in doing boring, time consuming, pointless stuff like the assault quests.
I have no problem with requiring work to earn the right to fly. Hopefully they will not add in any ridiculous requirements. What's listed sounds doable, even for casual players (although it may take us more time, and that's okay).
I wouldn't call myself an anti-flyer, but I was totally okay with the "no flying" announcement. In Pandaria, I loved exploring on foot before max level. In Draenor I also loved this experience, and fly points have gotten me around to where I need to go just fine for longer distances. No flying has sometimes even made me forget I could fly in other places, causing me to take fly points or go on foot. When I realized "oh, I can fly" it wasn't like a "UGH I JUST WASTED MY TIME" thing, either.I'm happy to see this compromise, rather than just allowing flying at max level. Would actually be nice to see an extra part of the meta for learning all the fly points, though :p Also, I'd like it to be "once you earn the achievement once, you can fly on all 100 characters" rather than all 90+. But I suppose that's just me :p I'm sure i'll make use of it regardless.Thanks for all the discussion!
Yay! Exactly what I wanted to have happen. I've got all the pre-6.2 requirements already unlocked and will now be picking the game back up when 6.2 hits to sort out the rest. I was already considering it, but without flight, I'd likely have quit again after getting bored with Tanaan. Now I can look forward to leveling alts and doing archaeology and pet battles with flight, too.
lol They finally caved in, I really like the fact that you earn flying rather than buy it. Now if only they would fix pvp.
Thank you Blizzard for listening and finding a good compromise