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Blizzard has "six or seven" World of Warcraft expansions planned; "easily 10 years worth of stuff"

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World of Warcraft director Tom Chilton has revealed that Blizzard have “six or seven” expansions planned for their iconic MMORPG. While the expansion that will arrive after Warlords of Draenor is already in active development, a number of others clocking up “10 years worth of stuff” are being discussed.

“I think it’ll be quite a while before the financials indicate that it’s just not worth doing anymore."

Speaking to Gameplanet, Tom Chilton confirmed that they’re already thinking far into the future of World of Warcraft. ”There are about six or seven different ideas for expansions that we can take elements of and say, ‘You know what? Let’s take that and put it in this one for our next expansion after the next one.’ Or we might shift the timelines around from what we originally envisioned. There’s easily 10 years worth of stuff that we can draw from – more, really.”

The expansion after the upcoming Warlords of Draenor is already in active development, and they’re already starting to think about next. “We are already in progress with our next expansion.” explained Chilton. “We already have zones in production for it. Our next expansion after that, we have a couple of different options that we’ll be choosing between over the next several months.”

When asked about the next decade of Word of Warcraft’s future, Chilton seems confident it’ll still be around. “I think that not only do we have content planned out for a good amount of time, I also think that while MMOs go through a life-cycle, the life-cycle tends to be very long.” stated Chilton. “As long as there are enough players demanding that we make more content then we’re likely to do so. I think it’ll be quite a while before the financials indicate that it’s just not worth doing anymore.”

Did somebody say Emerald Dream?

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While WoW is still doing incredibly well for it's age (hell for any MMO) they seem to be putting way too much stock into WoW's longevity, while it may last another decade, I just feel like they should be really looking at a possible replacement or good enough revamp that keeps the games soul but brings it up to date, as the game is already a decade old and when it first came out it wasn't exactly pushing the boundaries of games at the time, they have done a decent job of updating the engine over time, but really with this being built on a modified version of the warcraft 3 engine there will only be so far that engine will go and they have to be near the limits over a decade after the engine first came out.

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I think you're right tbh, but convincing shareholders and investors is another thing.

Maybe we'll see another Cataclysm that brings WoW into a new engine; I'll be surprised if they make an entirely new game so that people have to leave their progress behind.

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spiritouspath's picture
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ya i agree its rather foolish of them from not thinking about a new game and rather prideful of them from thinking more than few years ahead

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So, I can see a discussion between a guild recruiter and a candidate:

"So, how many pieces of tier 173 do you have?"

"3, I can hit for about 4.545.345.344 per hit with X ability"

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I still haven't jammed court of dunkcraft, but I hear the ice barkley boss in one of the expansions is pretty slamming, but I haven't had the time to experience it, so I'm still in space over it.

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Nick Wilson's picture
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You sir, win the internet today. Bravo.

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Shriven's picture
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The things they can do now they opened the alternate dimension thing are silly,

Emerald Dream, Argus, Sargeras, could all have there own expansions then they can just redo the current expansions in an alternate universe. Maybe, Arthas didnt fall. Jaina became the Lich Queen... Its very obvious why they did it, and very smart.

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well if they go to the alternate azeroth that goes with the draenor in this expansion the world would be very different, the alliance wouldn't exist the human kingdoms would still be fighting each other, the trolls and tauren would have never met the orcs, the humans would have never had to fight the orcs, the lich created by the burning legion never happened so the scourge and the lich king would never exist.

needless to say alternate azeroth alone would be a very very different place.

not to mention with the lack or ner'zhul opening all the portals to escape the burning crusade destroying draenor, meaning the history of draenor would be very different and outland would never exist, also the burning legion would have to go to plan B to get at the draenei after the orcs rejecting them and their generals being killed.

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I'm laughing imagining Blizzard going all New 52 on the warcraft universe.

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Yeah, that pretty Activision like to revive dieing franchise over and over again until it's clean dry just to milk it more instead of doing something new.

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it's a long way from dead, hell it's a long way from it's closest competitor, even most free MMO's don't even come close.

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He said dying, not dead. WoW is dying....it has been bleeding members for a long time & Blizz know it.

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most MMO's take a big upswing at launch then normalise, it took WoW 3 expansions for that upswing to stop, so really is it dying or has it just hit it's peak (like most MMO's do in the first year) and now normalising to a stable level? while the subs are dropping nearly every quarter even if it stopped at 1 million WoW would still be the biggest subscription game going.

this is the point people miss when they say WoW is dying, WoW hit a point where it was far too big compared to anything else on the market there was always going to come a time when it would normalise the amount of users it has and at the rate it is going that will still take years.

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I'm pretty sure it didn't take this long to normalise. It's past that point and is now very slowly bleeding out...

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it has never normalised, for 3 expansions it kept going up, after cataclysm launched there was an upturn each expansion (and certain patches, it pretty much plateaued during mists then they sat on the same content for months so there will be drop off from burn out due to lack of content.

but the fact is if you look at the trend downwards until the end of expansion it was stable after the initial rush died off.

but the fact still remains it has taken nearly 4 years to drop drop 5 million users, there is still another 7 million to go so even if the trend continued it would still take roughly 6 years to die, but the more realistic result will be it will drop down to a "normal" level for an MMO (500k-1 million) then hold that point.

I know people like you take pleasure in seeing WoW fail but in truth is it can lose another 5 million users and still be the biggest MMO out there.

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i dont agree with some of these people, when i read this i was extremely excited! i look forward to however many years of playing wow. I love this game ! i've already played 7 years and hope to play many , many more.. keep going forward with this blizzard-this is AWESOME news!!!!

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I want back in future datadisk, 80 or 85 level 20K+ HP´s or 150K+ HP´s and normal DPS. And Optimize for worst graphics.

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