When Azeroth Choppers aired and as we saw it go on I said no matter who wins that both sides would end up with a mount. I even went so far that to say if anyone wanted to bet me I would put real money on the table. There was no way in hell blizzard would release only the winner. Well, readers, you lost the chance to win money from me. I was dead wrong and blizzard surprised me.
As you can read here if you log into your warcraft account between now and September 30th you will be flagged to receive the horde bike, for free to which is nice, when Warlords comes out and it will only be usable by horde characters.
Holy crap I did not see that coming. With the absolute shitstorm that blizzard has been getting themselves into with the upcoming expansion and all the changes they have made from their announcement of Warlords at Blizzcon such as the removal of flight, many changes to garrisons, and the moving of our faction hubs among other things I would have never thought blizzard would, on purpose, create another shitstorm but, once again I have to say it, I was wrong.
Blizzard has managed to surprise me by making what will only be raged about by alliance fans for years to come I am sure. How they once again got the shaft and get screwed. As I said, I would have bet they would have given both sides their bike.
In my opinion the best bike won. The horde bike, while still missing something in my eyes, was leaps and bounds better than the alliance one. The alliance one was wanting, wanting for some strength in its build, wanting for some direction to its vision, wanting for not looking like an insect of some sort, wanting to just not be, well, bad.
What really is the kicker is that they are making it so only horde can ride it. I would have never thought in a million years blizzard would so blatantly side with the horde even if many people always say they do to begin with. Yes, I know that the horde bike won, yes I agree the horde bike should have won, but no I do not think they should only release the horde bike. It is not good for the image of the game. It is not good for the millions of players that already scream at any slight they might interpret as such as horde favoritism. And most of all it is not good for a company that is already burying itself in mountains of bad press.
I must say I am completely in awe of what happened. I agree that only the horde should have one because the horde won. I just never thought that blizzard would have the balls to go through with it and I do not believe it is a sound decision to go through with it. Wow blizzard, just wow. Thanks for showing you can still surprise me but brace yourself because the backlash will come.
BTW: I still think they will release the alliance version. Some time after September 30th when you can no longer claim your free horde mount they will release both available for purchase in the item shop. That is my new guess. Like I said, I am surprised there is no alliance bike there and I am still thinking they will release it. I really can't believe they didn't.