Reports of this game's death are pretty much permanently exaggerated.
Making anything successful is a massive gamble: keeping it that way an exercise in chance. Vegas knows a bit about how the odds work, that sometimes the winners are the totally unexpected. One quarter is all it needs sometimes (not just the movies, it does happen) because these guys have a relationship with numbers that anyone who plays a video game should learn not only to understand, but to embrace. Everything's a possibility in this town, and what happens there, stays there (if you believe the stories.)
Hovever, this place never dies, it just continues on in all it's fabulous neon-wrapped seductiveness. The bulbs may occasionally blow, but it never dents the allure or the draw. Can we say that for our game, that by our own admission can frustrate and annoy, that is a massive drain on time and our personal resources. How long reasonably can we expect this entire bandwagon to keep on rolling before all the wheels fall off?
Be nicer to your wife and family, you nasty man ^^
Technically we don't know anything past 5.4 right now, but I think considering the fact they're making a movie about the game next year (and they've kinda committed to that in San Diego in front of real people) that we can expect at least one more Expansion out of this lot before the Cherokees rightfully avenge the taking of ancestral lands. This then raises a logical question: where do they send us? There is now SO MUCH lore that exists that we could go pretty much anywhere. We've already established that this team's not afraid to go pillage original Warcraft for ideas if they need them too, or else Chen Stormstout would still be stuck in Warcraft 3. I think this is the time that I take you back with me to 2007, and a file buried on what is now the Zam Network. The stories of this post are nearly as legendary as the game itself.
|Is it too good to be true...?|
Some said it was a lie, just another one of those clever deceptions that surface around the time of Expansions. I'm not repeating the list here because (as memory serves) that has caused issues with Blizzard in the past, and I still am very much a friend of the game. The fact remains, that if you go hunting on the Internet and find this list, there are a lot of names that existed well before they actually became real, some years before, with levels beside them that match what then came to pass. This is why, a couple of months back, I saw for the first time a speculative post considering that the next expansion might be taking us back to meet the Burning Legion. That final 'set' of numbers on the document, that covers 95-100, includes sending us to Argus, the home of the Eredar (and by extension the Draenei.) Considering those who have seen the 'mood piece' that was shown at SDCC are reporting back that it looked as if it could be based in Hellfire, I find myself compelled to return to this document, if only for possible inspiration. Will we really be moving into space to level to 100? It would certainly save the cartographers the trouble of having to redraw the Azeroth map AGAIN... ^^
However, there is another part to the document, which is tied around the Emerald Dream, which has been a popular choice as a possible Expansion destination for some time. It also mentions a second race alongside the Pandarens, who would level in the Xorothian Plains. If you play a warlock, that name should be familiar to you, as that's the place where all your demons come from, plus where your Dreadsteed is yanked from in Vanilla were you lucky enough to earn your Epic mount the hard way. It is easy therefore to see why a March of the Legion expansion might be a popular choice (were that title not already used by the TGC) Ironically, the race that was placed alongside the Pandarans before they were given the choice to be either Horde or Alliance were part of a specific 'set' which includes a lot of the elements that finally made it into Cataclysm. The name of that set might yet have some relevance...
How about World of Warcraft : Secrets of the Planes as the next expansion title?
Of course, the biggest problem in all this speculation is it is just that: speculation. No-one knows what we can expect. What will happen (if history is an indicator) is that at some point in the not too distant future someone will see Blizzard register a domain name/trademark and make the logical assumption that this has something to do with what's coming. If that announcement's going to be made at Blizzcon (or before one assumes for announcement purposes) we shouldn't have too long to wait before we can stop contemplating our navels and actually have some cold, hard facts to work on.
Until then, what happens in this blog post stays in this blog post.