Saturday, October 7, 2017

Blizzcon: World of Warcraft Gets Back In the Game

I thought last year's Blizzcon schedule really shorted World of Warcraft and showed they weren't so interested in it anymore.  I think this followed a series of dev departures and promotion of Overwatch and e-sports in my mind.  You hate to think the people making a game you love are bored by it, and don't want to give it any promotion or thought.

2016 BlizzCon via MMO Champion

When this year's schedule was announced, it felt like WOW was back in the game.  Even though there are only two more panels, there are others that would be of interest to anyone-- the Designcraft, Codecraft and Soundcraft panels--I've always loved that sort of "here's how we built the game" information.  I like know how things look to developers, and how they think.

I wonder if there was some cross thinking (I'm sure I read at one point there was some competition between WOW and Overwatch devs) and the Brawls and Mythic Dungeon Tournaments weren't inspired by finding a way for the PVE player to play more competitively.  I'm all in favor of that.  There must be many more ways to allow play in groups, and to make competition and cooperation more fun.

Although Legion isn't a favorite expansion, Blizzard has kept the updates and content coming as they said they would.  That involvement lets an older game evolve and change as it should. 


  1. Blizz doesn't need to promote Overwatch nearly as much as last year, since it's kind of taken over the "cash cow" title from WoW. This will be the "WoW's next expac announcement" Blizzcon, so I'd expect them to be a bit more WoW heavy this time around.

    Not exactly sure where they'd go now outside of the "home" of the Old Gods at this point, but if they do that they'll have torpedoed their last and biggest foe in Azeroth.

    1. Overwatch also benefited from it salvaging bits of Titan and the team felt some triumph for that. Now they're in the cycle where they have to crank out shiny new content to feed the beast, and perhaps the thrill is gone?
      Isn't the speculation that it's a watery world next? If it were underwater, no one could get their skivvies bunched over flying. Sorry, I'm in a mood.

    2. Considering that for Warlords the rumors were for something completely off base until a couple of weeks before Blizzon when Warlord of Draenor materialized as the potential name of the expac, you never know.

    3. I'm excited about this one, hopeful for anything that isn't Legion! I am super close to getting a Virtual ticket for the first time ever.

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