World of Warcraft has been my foremost recreation for years. I first found Blizzard’s MMO throughout Cataclysm in 2011, however I did not play critically or begin raiding till 2012’s Mists of Pandaria. I stayed by means of the massive content material drought on the finish of 2014’s Warlords of Draenor, bought overexcited in regards to the lore once more in 2016’s Legion, and one way or the other managed to stay hopeful that Sylvanas may not become the asshole she appeared to be in 2018’s Battle for Azeroth.
However 2020’s Shadowlands was the primary growth that I wasn’t significantly enthusiastic about. And fewer than a yr after its launch, I ended taking part in altogether.
I hadn’t been proud of WoW for some time. Like many others, I wasn’t excited for the covenant system and I wasn’t invested within the Shadowlands storyline, particularly Sylvanas’ function. However WoW has at all times had its highs and lows, particularly as soon as the brand new growth pleasure wears off and also you’re ready for the subsequent patch to drop. It was the Shards of Domination system launched with the primary main replace that basically pushed me to ask why I used to be nonetheless taking part in. And naturally, shortly after this, Activision-Blizzard’s poor treatment of its staff, significantly girls, was laid naked.
If Shadowlands hadn’t been such an enormous disappointment for me, unsubbing from World of Warcraft would have been a troublesome name. Must you unsub due to the loathing you are feeling for these answerable for the corporate’s office tradition, or preserve taking part in and supporting the victims and on a regular basis individuals engaged on the video games? After which there’s your individual attachment to WoW to consider. I selected to cease taking part in. And whereas the lawsuit definitely wasn’t the principle motive for that call, it was finally the factor that pushed me to cancel my sub.
My preliminary plan was to go again to Closing Fantasy 14—I am keen on Closing Fantasy video games, so theoretically it is the MMO I needs to be taking part in anyway. I might performed earlier than for about eight months when A Realm Reborn was first launched, so it wasn’t my first journey to Eorzea.
Regardless of seeing FF14’s success soar during the last six months, I did not keep subbed for lengthy. Beginning with a contemporary character appeared one of the simplest ways to go, as it has been years since I bought my unique Bard to stage 50 and I’ve forgotten many of the story. However the entire time I used to be levelling my shiny new Viera dragoon—I managed to get her to stage 45 earlier than I ended—I simply could not muster a lot enthusiasm to play. I had probably the most enjoyable kitting her out in numerous glamours, however even that did not maintain my curiosity for lengthy.
I dipped into Guild Wars 2 not lengthy after that, largely as a result of Phil and Fraser typically discuss it and it isn’t an MMO I’ve ever gotten round to taking part in. However whereas I kinda loved it, nothing there excited me both. I had some hope that New World is perhaps the sport to switch WoW too for some time, however that simply felt like a slog proper from the get-go.
I’ve spent many of the latter half of 2021 drifting from one recreation to a different. It has been 4 months now and I am starting to suppose that I am on the lookout for a recreation that does not exist. Perhaps I am unable to get again that preliminary MMO pleasure as a result of most MMOs are basically the identical if you get proper right down to it. However they’re additionally completely different sufficient from each other that the considered having to study all of the techniques in a brand new MMO feels greater than a bit overwhelming proper now.
Perhaps I am trying within the mistaken place. I had plenty of enjoyable replaying Final Fantasy 12 not too long ago. And funnily sufficient, I did get that MMO stage of pleasure earlier this yr—nevertheless it got here from the Iron Gate’s survival recreation, Valheim. I have not been so excited to leap again right into a recreation for years, and it even overshadowed WoW throughout February and March to the purpose the place I used to be solely logging in twice every week for raids.
It feels unusual not logging into WoW day by day, because it’s has been a part of my each day routine for years. It is seen me by means of some pretty main life adjustments, and I’ve met so many nice individuals within the varied guilds I have been a part of.
If I ever return to WoW—and belief me, it’s tempting—I doubt I am going to return to raiding. Perhaps I am going to pop again to complete grinding up my Steamweedle Cartel rep to exalted and at last get the Insane achievement. Or head to the Storm Peaks to begin critically tenting the time-lost proto-drake mount, which I have been that means to do for years.
For now, I am going to watch with envy as just about everybody I do know is taking part in and having fun with FF14. I do know the queues for Endwalker have been unhealthy, however I might actually love to have the ability to sit in a queue for a recreation that I am unable to wait to play. I miss the thrill of trying ahead to ending work or getting chores executed early so I can spend the remainder of the day (and evening) misplaced in one other world.
Perhaps I am simply not prepared for an additional MMO. WoW was such a giant a part of my life for thus lengthy, I am undecided I’ve bought it in me to commit that type of time to anything fairly but.