Legion expansion was a great example, so too is BFA but to a lesser extent
But during legion, WHERE was the legion?
Leveled an orc to 1-100 and there was no legion anywhere. Durotar, Orgrimmar, Barrens...even elwynn, stormwind and westfall...no legion. Where was this massive invasion? Why couldn't anyone see the invasion until close to max level?
BFA...horde vs alliance. Where are the battles waging across the landscape? Where is everything? Finally at 110 you see the conflict...1-109 levels of an unchanging world
And that is the game breaking issue of WoW
An unchanging world
Sandbox MMOs rarely have this problem. Its mostly themepark MMOs. But for WoW, this problem is so obvious and in your face that its hard to ignore. The world literally never changes.
Blizzard can't fix that either without redesigning every zone like in cataclysm. And that would obviously not be worth the time and money that would be spent doing that every expansion if they want to release one every year like call of duty used to do.
During the legion expansion it was built up to be this huge invasion...and even at max level there was barely any invasion. Where was all the LEGION? But again, not easily fixed if on a budget with limited time and money
of course, many themepark MMOs have this problem. But for WoW's game ending events like legion or massive conflicts between horde and alliance...its pretty obvious to see that the conflicts can't actually be seen from in-game but only read about in lore and books.
Sure some stuff we saw with the legion, but no massive invasion like it was supposed to be or legion ships bombing azeroth with ships covering the skies. just a tiny invasion was developed for the expansion, when in lore it was a massive invasion on a global scale
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