A lot of people have been thinking (and blogging!) lately about the upcoming WoW expansion, Wrath of the Lich King. Personally I’ve been trying to avoid whipping myself into a frenzy of anticipation because it seems like I may have a while yet to wait before I get my hands on it — and I am notoriously bad at waiting.
But I was thinking about Wrath today, idly comparing the hunter pet changes we saw in the Burning Crusade expansion to the sorts of changes we might see in Wrath. Although the most useful pet change in Burning Crusade was probably pets scaling with hunter stats, the thing that excited me the most was getting six new pet families.
And yet somehow I’m not excited about the possibility of new pet families in WotLK. For one thing, 23 families is plenty. For another, I really only ended up liking two of the new BC families (ravagers and dragonhawks), and only one of them is truly popular. So it seems a bit of a waste. While I certainly won’t turn down new pet families in Wrath, they also aren’t at the top of my must-have new features.
So what is at the top of my list? In the short term, pet skills! I’m very excited about some of the information leaking out of the Wrath alpha, and even if those particular changes don’t make it into the final game I am certain that we’ll be seeing something in this direction.
Now pet skills add a lot of depth and complexity to the function of hunter pets, which can make the theorycrafting a lot of fun. But in the long run, the thing I am most excited about is simply having new pet models and appearances to tame. Will we finally get the ice tiger? Or maybe a black diamond crab? Or maybe there will be something really unique like a rare sky blue bear! (I can dream, can’t I?)
Of course, new pet families mean new models, so even though I said I wasn’t excited by new pet families I really am. But they don’t have to be new families. And I’d really like to avoid the disappointment of another sporebat.
And there are a lot of other things that I’m hoping for, of course, from extra stable slots to a better way to train skills to a fix for my aggro issues. But the truth is that I’ll be perfectly happy with lots of new pets to tame. I always am …
So what are you looking forward to most?