Internet comments are the best and the worst, i have love/hate relationship with them, sometimes i curse myself for reading them but i can’t help it, comment sections sometimes have the best content, often they have so much ado about nothing.
So instead of writing comments in some websites i thought i’ll write one post here, maybe it’ll be useful to check it again when Blizzard announce launch day for Classic.
Let’s start with the launch day, from Blizzard announcement the project for Classic is still in its early stage, so i don’t expect anything until Blizzcon 2018, i’m hoping they will tell us about the project progress or launch day which will be in 2019, that’s my prediction.
Classic from Blizzard should be a true classic, with no changes from the old game, all the systems should be the same, all the classes and the specs should be the same, i’m with people who want no changes to the game, no QoL features.
I know and i understand the problems with Classic, saw so many videos explain them, i even tested a private server and leveled a hunter to level 20, it was tedious, annoying, slow and yet i enjoyed the slowing down of leveling, i don’t want that to change.
From PC Gamer interview with Brack:
There won’t be cross-realm servers or Looking For Raid and Dungeon Finder automatic party matchmaking
Good, this is how it should be.
We’re going to hire people specifically for this job, and we’re going to staff it with people who are interested in bringing back Classic WoW in the best, most authentic way
This is an answer for people who are concerned about Blizzard putting resources for Classic, let me remind you that Blizzard is not a small company, and they are not 1 project company either, they have multi-projects, different kind of games, different teams for each game.
“I think there will be a lot of tourists,” he adds. “But it doesn’t matter what I think because once we’re committed to doing this at a Blizzard level, which we are, whatever happens is going to happen. If millions of people show up and play for years, that’s awesome. And if just tens of people show up and play for years, we’re fine either way. What’s important to us is that we have this Classic experience people can enjoy, that people do have the opportunity to go back to. This is an important game in videogame history and there’s not a way to go back and experience that today. This is also about preserving something that we think is really important.
So Blizzard is doing this even if small number of people kept playing Classic, another anwser for people who expect the numbers to go down after the first wave of players, even Blizzard expecting that, no point on repeating that like it’s a problem, no one knows for sure what will happen, so why not just wait and see?
Another point here is Blizzard doing this to make an archive, to preserve a piece of video games history, many old single-player games are updated to run on new machines, an MMO need to do the same, and that’s what Blizzard is doing.
So the number of players does not matter here, Blizzard is making the game anyway so people can go to the old game if they want.
More from Eurogamer.net interview:
we’re in the WOW Classic business forever. Once that starts, there’s a commitment on our end that we’re going to continue maintaining those servers for as long as there is a World of Warcraft
What will be the business model for Classic? i predict that Blizzard will ask people to buy the game itself, which many will hate and be so vocal about it, they will say the bought the game in the past why buy it again.
More than that Blizzard will ask people to pay for 1 subscription for both WoW games, but i could be wrong here, they may ask for a separate subscription but it will be cheaper.
Either way i’m paying, people who ask for a free game should consider the efforts to bring Classic to Battle.net, they are hiring people to work on it, the project have to pay for itself, there is no way Blizzard will offer it for free, if they did what will be the business model? Free To Play games are not really free, they have cash shops, lockboxes, loot boxes, this business model is not for WoW, current or Classic.
Some people are asking for updated graphics, and here i’m not sure, i expect Blizzard will keep the old graphics as they are, but what if they offer new models as an option? here i don’t really mind, i’ll keep using the old models.
Another change i don’t mind: better interface, again i don’t expect that to happen but i don’t mind if it did.
One thing i wish to see in Classic: release the game in patches like the old patches, but not with the same bugs, or server crashes, or huge lag.
That’s all i have here, I’ll keep reading comments from people who wish/want/expect Classic to fail, who keep reminding me and others to “enjoy” broken systems and classes, to enjoy long walks around the world to achieve anything, to grind for gear and collect resisting gear.
I’ll enjoy all that and more, thank you very much 😀