It’s important for companies to appreciate where they’ve come from as they acknowledge where they’re going. This goes especially for video game companies as their histories can sometimes determine their futures. For Blizzard, their past has always been a part of their future, but with the recent BlizzCon 2017, it seems like they’re on a nostalgia trip of sorts. And while that may sound like a bad thing, it’s honestly something that fans should appreciate.
Let’s start with World of Warcraft, Blizzard is pulling not one, but two nostalgia acts with their still very popular MMORPG. First up, the next expansion for World of Warcraft is the “Battle For Azeroth”, which reverts to the classic war of the Alliance vs. the Horde. This is essentially how WoW started out, so it’s interesting to see them revert to it after so many expansions.
Then, of course, there is the reveal that Blizzard is working on a legacy server, one that will bring people back to the original days of World of Warcraft, albeit without the bugs and such. People have been wanting “Vanilla” WoW for some time now, and it’s good to see they’re getting it.
Then, there’s Overwatch, which just got the reveal of a brand new map that’s called Blizzard World. Yep, it’s a full-on amusement park area that’s filled with references for all the games and franchises that the company has made over the years. WoW, Heroes of the Storm, the Lost Vikings, Diablo, all are represented here. But let’s ask, why did they make this?
Is it because they wanted to show that they still love all of their franchises? Or, is it something more personal? It’s honestly hard to say, but it’s fun to think about. After all, who says that they can’t enjoy nostalgia every once in a while?