A recent forum thread made a very reasonable suggestion regarding flying in Mists of Pandaria. Back in Wrath of the Lich King, an item existed called the Tome of Cold Weather Flying. Once a player had one character to 80, they could purchase said tome, and mail it to any of their alts whose level was high enough – 68 was the level required – and that alt could use it to learn Cold Weather Flying. 68 was two levels lower than players without a level 80 character had to be to learn Cold Weather Flying. Rather like Pandaria is the new continent for the latest expansion, Northrend was the same for Wrath of the Lich King, and Cold Weather Flying was what was required to fly there. Apparently the temperate climate in Outland hadn’t prepared players skill sufficiently for the icy hills of Northrend.
A player on the forums suggested that the same might be provided for Mists, so that once a player hit 90 they could purchase what he referred to as a Tome of Pandaria Flying, which would allow their alts to fly in Pandaria from an earlier level, perhaps 85, perhaps 88. Blizzard Community Manager Crithto’s response was as follows:
“We’re not sure if we’ll be doing this. The tome worked out well enough for Wrath of the Lich King as an experiment, but so much of the experience we spent a lot of time and effort shaping in Pandaria is negated by flying. In addition to the upcoming reputation changes for alts (when a character on the account hits Revered), we’ll consider other methods of potentially speeding up the leveling process for alts, but we don’t think “allow flying” is necessarily the best answer.”
Throwing it out there to the GAMEBREAKER audience, what are your thoughts? Should Blizzard introduce flying from level 85 in Pandaria? Has what you have seen of the world while leveling led you to believe that the world Blizzard has created is better viewed from the ground? Would 85 flying spoil Pandaria? Some players would simply settle for being able to retrieve their corpse with flight, which isn’t currently an option.
And furthermore, what could Blizzard be looking at to speed the leveling process for alts? A buff to experience gains like they plan to provide for reputation seems likely, or some other method. Do our readers think it’s needed? Is the process of reaching 90 too slow, and is flying the way to speed it up? Or does flying while questing make it all too easy?