There are two kinds of mindsets for developers of MMORPGs in regards to how to focus on content. When they’re making their game, the focus is on the beginning content. How you start the game, have players can level up, etc. But once the game gets going, and has a lot of players, they tend to focus on the “what’s next?” portion of the title. Which is fine, except when doing so affects the content that’s meant to bring in new players. This is a problem World of Warcraft seems to be suffering.
This comes from Battle.net user Terhion, who has been playing World of Warcraft for a long time, and has been leveling up new characters in the game recently. It was through this that the user realized that the game’s early content and leveling up experience was, in his own words, disgusting. This is mainly because, allegedly all you’re doing is moving from one pack of creatures, killing them in one or two hits, and then moving on. While you could possibly say this is true of most MMORPGs, Terhion notes that this game should know better, and that the balance in the early levels is terrible.
“The main problem is, of course, just how utterly faceroll and pointless it is.” –Terhion
So terrible in fact that he can actually take out groups of monsters, that were not meant to be fought alone, and beat them by himself. Fans have apparently been asking for changes to early leveling for years now, but nothing seems to happen. For Terhion, the concern isn’t just for veteran players who want to get new characters and level them up, but for new players who might want to try World of Warcraft. For he fears that this early content and leveling up will be an instant turnoff.
“However, gear is the main cause that makes it easier. Take some off and it will get more and more difficult.” –Hellpriesto
The community is divided on this, while some agree with him, others don’t mind that the early levels are easy. What do you think? Should World of Warcraft re-balance its early content, and make leveling up a little harder early on? Let us know in the comments below.