Today is March 12, which means World of Warcraft is getting a significant amount of updates – updates that the game has desperately needed for quite some time now. And while there are plenty of changes coming to the game today, the biggest piece of new content arriving on the live servers is, of course, the debut of two new allied races, Kul Tirans and Zandalari Trolls.
Teased seemingly eons ago at the 2017 and 2018 iterations of Blizzcon, respectively, Zandalari Trolls and Kul Tirans have been in the works for a while. However, finally seeing them come to fruition and make a long-awaited appearance in the game is definitely a good omen. An omen that’s long overdue – but still a good omen.
While I, along with plenty of other WoW players, can’t wait to level characters representing two of the most exciting races in recent memory, the fact of the matter is that these two allied races should have been playable options in the game a long time ago – 154 days ago, to be exact.
Yes, it’s been that long since the release of Battle for Azeroth. And even though it feels like a lifetime since the expansion released, the timeline of the game is quickly flying by as we progress through its content cycle. Even still, having the expansion’s two premier races release over five months into the game’s lifespan is a perplexing move.
It’s entirely understandable that Blizzard wanted to perfect the two races – Ion Hazzikostas even said so during a live developer Q&A on January 24. “Making a new race is one of the most time-consuming things we can do”, said the WoW Game Director earlier this year, “and yes, most [allied races] are variants on existing races but…Kul Tirans are an exception with a completely new model with a completely new skeleton…and it’s every bit as costly, from an art perspective”.
Regardless, it still feels like these two races should have been added to the roster at the launch of BfA. Additionally, it would have aligned with WoW’s trend of adding an expansion’s featured race or races at the very beginning of the expansion. It wouldn’t have made much sense for the Draenei to crash land on Azuremyst Isle at the beginning of the Burning Crusade and for the playerbase to not be allowed to roll a Draenei until nearly half a year later. In a similar vein, it would have felt lackluster had we discovered Pandaria in September of 2012 but weren’t able to play Pandaren characters until March of 2013. By that time, the Throne of Thunder would have been released and Mists would have been nearly over and done with.
Even today, in March of 2019, months after the initial charm and grandeur of BfA has worn off, I still wait eagerly for another playable race, but “Kul Tirans and Zandalari Trolls Now Live” feels like a headline I should have written months ago.
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