What happens after World of Warcraft: Classic? It’s something that MMO’s throwback would always have to face in the end. After all, there is only so much content to revisit. As Classic’s expiration date slowly approaches, Blizzard has started asking players what they would like to see next, particularly if they are ready to go back through the Dark Portal in a classic-style return to World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade.
People from the RPS PC Gamer fanzine report that Blizzard is measuring interest in a return to Outland. World of Warcraft Classic appears to have made big hits for Blizzard, and are excited to see if a similar follow-up to The Burning Crusade would hit the same mark, sending surveys to a few selected Classic subscribers.
– KLRS🎙 (@Kaelaris) March 27, 2020
Nowadays, The Burning Crusade is a kind of brick wall in the leveling routine. But in 2007, the first expansion of World of Warcraft was a riot: the addition of Blood Elves and Draenei to the race roster and allowed players to explore a shattered world with their fantastic new flying rides. Horde players might finally be cute, electric mummies have sold you lightsabers and you could ride a ghost dragon if you wanted to waste a whole month growing eggs on a small floating island. Remarkably flashy outfits sealed the expansion as Warcraft’s “early 90s” fashion phase.
The survey touches on several ways Burning Crusade could return. Would people like their current Classic servers to be updated to the new expansion or should each Classic iteration host their community? Would players like to start at level 1 or 58? Should these characters be fresh-faced beginners, or seasoned seasonings from the classic? This is if Outland returns completely. Right now, Blizzard is likely to be simply doing some research before engaging in a potential Burning Crusade Classic.
But as World of Warcraft Classic runs out of content to bring it back, it will find itself in an interesting position. Will Blizzard start spinning back through the expansions as they occur? I know a lot of people (including myself, I have to admit) who would like to revisit Wrath Of The Lich King, but what happens when the border between “modern” and classic WoW becomes more difficult to trace?
Do people really want to end up with a Warlords of Draenor Classic?
Personally, I’ve always hoped they’d come up with a Runescape on Classic – keeping an old school server alive for grognards leaning in its own direction, adding functionality only if players felt it was true to the spirit of the old game.