I’m going to have an unpopular opinion: I liked Cataclysm. Yes, it might not have been the best WoW expansion and it already had one or the other quirk. But I thought the structure of the areas and especially the reworking of the old zones was great – and still do today, even if certain signs of wear and tear have now occurred. Isn’t that why it is time for some kind of Cataclysm 2.0?
Return to the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor? Yes, please!
The Reddit user Kartenbourgh wrote a few days ago, he’s hoping for a “Back to Azeroth” expansion to follow Shadowlands. He wishes to return to the ancient zones of the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor, similar to what happened back then in Cataclysm. When I read his post, I immediately thought to myself: yes, why not?
Of course, it is clear to me that the WoW developers will probably not invest as much effort as in Cataclysm when it comes to reworking the old areas. But that doesn’t have to mean that we couldn’t or shouldn’t return to the original zones of Azeroth with an upcoming expansion to Shadowlands.
Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms offer various opportunities for developers to tell interesting new stories. Will the undead and night elves find a new home?
What will happen to the trolls after we liberate the Echo Isles? Will the gnomes ever really return to Gnomeregan? Will the druids manage to heal the wounds of the cataclysm? How is Yrel doing in Draenor? I just really want to know how the heroic deeds of my WoW characters work out in Azeroth – and not always go to some strange, distant region to pull the cart out of the dirt again.
Somehow I can’t get rid of the feeling that we have repeatedly betrayed or at least neglected our homeland as heroes of Azeroth in recent years and earlier expansions. We traveled to completely unknown areas, even entered the hereafter – and the conflicts in our homeland remain unsolved in the meantime. Why do the developers have to suck new continents out of their fingers again and again that suddenly appear out of nowhere and that we then urgently conquer, pacify or whatever, when we actually have to go first for some outrageous reason could sweep our own front door?
Incidentally, the comments on Kartenbourgh’s Reddit Post largely agree with the player’s tenor and also wish for a real return to Azeroth. What many fans are also demanding: finally a cohesive card again. That is a requirement that I can understand very well. What I love about WoW (buy now 14,99 € ) What really intrigued me earlier was the fact that I could ride north to south on a continent without seeing a loading screen. Well, that theoretically still works in Shadowlands, but the zones are not connected as a real continent. Instead there is the ominous “space in between” – lame. I used to ride through the areas of Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms just for fun, to enjoy the scenery and relax. To discover new things. To slow down my playing. This is no longer possible to this extent in the new zones – and I miss it very much.
Unfortunately, I believe that Blizzard is unlikely to comply with my request. I don’t think the developers will provide me with the answers to the questions asked above that I long for in the near future. But hope dies last – and maybe in the next enlargement we will at least get another continent as a new zone.
What do you think? Do you want Cataclysm 2.0? Or do you have a completely different opinion than our author? Let us know in the comments.
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