World of Warcraft started out with the simple goal of becoming an MMORPG that millions would play, enjoy, and stay on. Over a decade has passed since its launch and it achieved all of its goals, and made a ton of money in the process, as well as inspiring many other MMORPGs in its own right. But the game has also had many setbacks, which grew a movement of players who wanted to return to the “classic” days of the title. Some made that happen themselves, but now Blizzard is doing it for them.
At BlizzCon 2017, World Of Warcraft was revealed to be getting “classic servers,” which would rewind the clock so that the game was reverted to its original form. But Blizzard also promised that there would be more refined aspects to things. For example, the graphics, and the bugs that originally occurred in the game. But is that enough to keep people there for a long time?
Because as we all know, gamers are a very fickle bunch. What they want now, they may not want once they get it and enjoy it for a little while. So what can Blizzard do to make this fun for those who want it, and keep them there?
The first thing is make sure that it is indeed smooth upon launch. No major bugs or glitches to hamper the experience. Two, make sure the thrill and fun of reliving this version of the game is there. There’s a reason many people wanted to come back to this form of the game.
Next, don’t bog it down with two much modern updates. While graphics and bug fixes are fine, many will likely be mad if some of the system improvements that expansions have made are brought in.
Finally, listen to the players. If something is wrong in their eyes, they’ll note it, and Blizzard should fix it. After all, they’re doing this for them, right?