Yesterday I asked the question if
Blizzard was going to pull it off at BlizzCon. I asked if they were going to be able to deliver a product that would take the gigantic ship that is WoW and right its course, steering it into another nine years of prosperity.
Cory Stockton, the Lead Content Designer of Warcraft replied
to me on Twitter Friday morning: "Workin' on it!"
I feel my question was legitimate and necessary. Looking at the truths of a game like WoW
is important; and it's important to do it even more so when you have so much invested in it. I have spent the majority of my professional life reporting on it. I want to see it to succeed, but I want that success not to come with flashy words and spin, but with legitimately good gameplay and long-lasting fun. I know for a fact that many people at Blizzard feel the same way I do; and many of them are more critical of WoW
than any of us ever could be.
Comments in yesterday's post surprised me -- most thought that Blizzard wouldn't be successful at BlizzCon. They thought the series is headed for its sunset. Others on Twitter were more optimistic, most feeling that the answer was an obvious 140-character yes. Those on Facebook ended up somewhere in-between.
Having seen the first day's activities, it's time to answer the next logical question: did Blizzard pull it off? Did they light the spark to save WoW
from a slow and painful population decline that seems to be happening? Have they done what they need to do to ensure that the World of Warcraft
will be around in 10-years time?
While only the coming years will tell us for sure, I believe that they have -- if for only one reason: nothing is sacred.
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