As with most all World of Warcraft expansions, there will be no flying while leveling from 90 to 100. This should not come as a surprise, as it is customary with Blizzard in all prior expansions other than Cataclysm. The good news is, flying will become available at level 100 in the first major patch of Warlords of Draenor.
If you are like me, you probably wonder why they take away flying in expansions. I did some research and these are the main reasons that are given in several articles and blue posts on the subject:
1. Being able to fly removes Blizzard’s ability to direct us from one situation to the next on a predetermined course or questline. Being on the ground and moving from place to place as the quests direct and fighting the mobs we come across is one way the developers control how the game is experienced and how fast we move along. Being able to fly moves things along faster and allows you to skip over combat with monsters and therefore progress through the content faster.
2. Flying gives too much control over combat. In other words, if you can fly, you can avoid combat whenever you want. You can fly over mobs to avoid them, or you can fly up in the air to avoid fighting, if you see an angry monster coming your way. Blizzard does not want you to have that control in new content, they feel it trivializes the main reason you are there……to fight!
3. Transportation via flying is much faster than going by ground, which makes the new content seem smaller. Flying across a new area is quick and gives the impression that there just isn’t much there. However, if you have to ride, the roads are not the quickest route and going cross country means getting jumped by mobs and knocked off your mount, well, that makes the new lands seem much more expansive.
So there you have it, the reasons why we can’t fly in expansions. I have to admit, it is rather annoying, but not nearly as annoying as it would be if they were never planning on letting us fly in Draenor. (think Timeless Isle) They could have very easily left us on the ground forever and that would have been pretty awful. So think of that the next time you get upset that you cannot fly while leveling!
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