Written by ValH on March
With The Burning Crusade now coming to World of Warcraft Classic, it’s safe to assume that at some point, what must certainly be the game’s most beloved expansion – Wrath of the Lich King – will too be joining the fray. And while we’re at least a few years away from that still, we can already check out this Massively Overpowered article that theorizes what might happen once the game’s player base is all splintered like that.
Here’s a couple of paragraphs to get you started:
Consider, for a moment, what happens if most of the population doesn’t move forward. That’s going to kneecap TBC right out of the gate because the group content for the endgame is going to suffer from a paucity of players and a general inaccessibility. The same thing happens in the reverse if most of the population does move forward. Sure, you might be happy doing Naxxramas until the end of time, but if 32 people of your 40-person raid group move on to the expansion, you’re going to have to start rebuilding almost from scratch.
Consider also that people like the Wrath group are going to reach a certain point wherein the game does hit the stage they’re actually interested in. The people looking into the history are similarly going to hit a point wherein the game is no longer stuff they never experienced, and if the primary motivator there is a walking tour of unfamiliar content, hitting familiar content is likely to be a good reason to not move on or just stop bothering to log in either way.