It’s been a big week for World of Warcraft. The cinematic trailer for Warlords of Dreanor went live last week, and the usual updates regarding subscription numbers and future plans that we’ve all come to expect have been circulating through our Twitter feeds. On such article by IGN featuring a spread on WoW’s traditional, pre-expansion dwindling subscriber count, Game Director Tom Chilton discusses the plans for future expansions. The interesting thing about this article (listed below) is that Chilton expresses that the plan was for expacs to be released more frequently with shorter gaps in between. We all know that for the past expacs the rollout period has been approximately every two years, with a sizeable patch in between to break up the wait.
However, when reading this article, one point that caught my attention is the fact that Chilton expresses his concern regarding one of the most sought after expansions, and one I think many of the deepest WoW fans are most desperate for, The Emerald Dream, and how it doesn’t have quite enough content to make it an expansion on its own. Wouldn’t this justify it falling directly into their plan of wanting to have more expansions released on a more regular basis? If it’s smaller in size, it wouldn’t take two years to develop, therefore, resources could be put into the development of another expansion, hence, their problem is solved. Obviously, I don’t work for Blizzard nor does anyone not working on those projects know anything about why there would be a lack of content, but I would be curious to know why this couldn’t at least be a patch if not a smaller expansion.
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