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World of Warcraft believes you can fly, but it won’t be easy.
Patch 6.2.2 adds flying in Draenor when it launches tomorrow. Flight had become a staple of World of Warcraft since it appeared in the first expansion, 2007’s The Burning Crusade. However, Blizzard originally resisted letting players soar through Draenor, the new land added in last November’s Warlords of Draenor expansion. It hoped that doing so would encourage players to explore on foot, since it worried that many were flying over the MMO’s secrets and detailed worlds.
However, players complained about not having the convenience of flying, especially once they had already explored every inch of Draenor. Blizzard finally relented. However, getting the right to fly in Draenor won’t be easy. Players must complete a series of quests that send them to every corner of the continent.
Blizzard might rethink its stance on flight in its next expansion, 2016’s Legion, especially with World of Warcraft’s subscription numbers hitting their lowest points in years.
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