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4-26-2009 @ 2:46PM
My idea for the next expansion isn't yet another external threat. It's the breakdown of the truce between the Alliance and Horde.Story-wise, with the scourge defeated (by the next expansion, I assume) and the burning legion, not defeated, but temporarily set back, there's no immediate external threat to force the Horde and Alliance to work uneasily together. Sure, there are various potential threats (Azshara in the Maelstrom; whatever is going on in the Emerald Dream), but they don't immediately threaten the end of the world. And the anger on both sides won't be held back by mere potential threats.Game-wise, I'm not sure exactly what form that renewed hostility between the factions might take; particularly on PvE servers. Maybe extensive phasing in the old world with zones changing hands. (For example, the Alliance takes Tarren Mill and there is a Horde questline to take it back.) I'll leave it up to the clever folks and Blizzard to make it work.If they want to take this a step further, what if the lack of an immediate external threat causes the tensions within the Factions to flare up. What if the various races split apart and form into different factional groupings. That would open some interesting possibilities as well.Anyway, that's the way I'd love to see it go. I don't expect Blizzard will do this. I'm sure the next expansion will be yet another new set of zones with a shared enemy and lots of neutral factions and shared questlines.
4-26-2009 @ 3:26PM
Yes yes yes yes!Think of this: with Phasing technology and the hard game-play lessons worked out through the lifespan of Wrath, I'm hoping that they ... (wait for it... wait for it...)...turn whole zones of Azeroth into new Wintergrasps. (Without the godforsaken lag, of course.)Just think of whole armies of Horde and Alliance 90s running around in vehicles trying to destroy, burn, and capture Ashenvale, or Dutwallow Marsh, or the Barrens...Sounds so much more fun than ONCE AGAIN listening to guild whiners complaining because of raid loot drama.
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