Blizzard wants a new expansion for World of Warcraft every year

World of Warcraft

By on November 25, 2013 at 5:44 pm

The other day someone told me they were sick of World of Warcraft expansions. Like me, they didn’t play the game – they were just sick of hearing about them. I don’t understand that because I’m not a lunatic, but I bet that person is going to be very upset when they hear what WoW designer Greg Street told Digital Spy last week – the Blizzard team working on WoW want to release one expansion a year.

Street explained that expansions are what bring back players who have moved on to something else, while good patches only keep those who stick around:

“We really want to get to a cadence where we can release expansions more quickly. Once a year I think would be a good rate. I think the best thing we can do for new players is to keep coming out with regular content updates.”

Street’s comments give an explanation for what Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime was saying a couple of weeks ago about WoW’s next planned expansion. It will be interesting to see how the new model turns out as WoW’s subscription numbers continue to decline.

Source: Digital Spy

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They planned to do the same five years ago or round about, it still hasn’t eventuated.

Blizzard are notorious for holding onto products for a long time to ensure they are polished and largely bug free it sounds strange to hear Blizzard talk about a release cycle as quick as this. Unless of course what it really means is that future expansions will be quite short/small in comparison to past expansions and will be essentially what currently amounts to major content patches.

 

They’ve said it before and they’ll say it again, no matter how many times they say they want to produce expansions faster it just hasn’t happened and I doubt it will, despite the fact that 12 months isn’t enough time to clear the content they will no doubt lose a bunch of subscribers because of them making WoW expansions annualized.

In my opinion 15-18 months is fine for an expansion, though in saying that I only raid 3 nights a week, my guild isn’t some next level shit and we are a bit slow clearing content but not as slow as your usual casual guild. Regardless, I’m on the fence about it but as I said in my first sentence, they’ve said it before and nothing happened, I doubt this time is any different.

 

nergo,

meji,

WoTLK -> cata = 23months
Cata -> MoP = 22months

MoP currently = 13months
MoP took 6months from when it was announced to release and apparently WoD is further along in development than MoP was at announcements.

Even if its only a slight amount WoD may come out in 5months or less Which will put MoP at 18months. 4months faster than MoP came out from cata.

They have also during the length of MoP doubled their team. So it is possible future expansions will be faster. It won’t be 1 a year though but they might eventually get there.

 

meji,

Shareholders.

 

I think blizzard will shoot themselves in the foot if they do this, tehre’s a large number of subscribers when a new expansion comes out because people come back to check it all out again and it’s been awhile since they played Wow last … I think they’ll start to have people skipping expansions if they are released annually…

 

I remember during WoTLK when they said “the next expansion will be the last”.

I guess that doesn’t work out so well when you have to restart your next big project once a year because you have no idea what kind of game you’re making.

 

I read elsewhere that their increase in tempo for content recently has been due to a large number of staff that had been working on the Titan project being re-allocated to WoW as that project was reset. Given a number of them came from WoW in the first place, that has to help.

 

nekosan:
I remember during WoTLK when they said “the next expansion will be the last”.

Source on this? I’ve never heard of ANYONE say that.

 

theman902: Source on this?I’ve never heard of ANYONE say that.

No one has EVER said this, the only time they’ve ever even suggested a potential end to content was talking about their plans for level cap increases and that they had (at the time) nothing planned beyond level 100…

 

I remember the 1 year per xpack goal being bandied about even around the time TBC came out.

Btw Everquest (1) had it’s 20th xpack released this year. With Titan along time off and WoW still by far the biggest sub MMO, it’s going to be around for a LONG time. It wouldn’t surprise me if they have a rough release schedule mapped out until 2020.

 
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