12/04/2012 12:26 PMPosted by CrowlightAnd now many players, myself included, feel that the raids have become to short. I could see One raid per x-pac having the length of Ulduar, ICC, Naxx, Kara.
I think there's a problem about investment, though. If Blizzard puts a lot of resources into building a raid that's going to be 10+ unique bosses, new assets, big setpieces, everything that people love, it cuts back on the rest of the bandwidth they have for creating content overall.
If you look at Wrath as a total picture, Ulduar was the big killer app raid they were designing for launch (later pushed to 3.1). Naxxramas just needed the numbers tweaked, and Eye of Eternity and Obsidian Sanctum, by virtue of being lair raids, didn't require nearly as many resources. Crusader's Coliseum was effectively a lair raid because it had two rooms, and they got a LOT of traction out of those assets because they used exactly the same space for a 5-man and a questing zone. ICC was the other big resource expenditure for the expansion's endgame, and they also re-used the hell out of it with the three ICC 5-mans.
The point I'm getting to here is that if you front-load an expansion with your big killer app raids, those raids become irrelevant when you come to another tier of raiding. If what the playerbase wants is a long-form (10+ bosses) kind of raid, Blizzard needs to figure out how to make that raid last a long time in order for it to be worth a big investment of resources.
Imagine if they could use iLvl-throttling (the mechanism that scales your power in Challenge Modes) to turn old raids into challenging content. The only trick then is figuring out how to reward people for doing that content IN ADDITION TO the new content they put out.
The bold part is what I would like to see. I have never raided in WoW before, use to in a different mmo. But what I have been wanting to do is to do the old raids again, however at the original difficulty. This "throttling" would really help with that, I don't want to "steam roll" through the old raids. Yes Blizzard would need to make a reason as to why should someone do older content at that difficulty other than for fun. I would do it just for fun though.