Alternative Chat has a good blog post up ruminating a bit on the potential that Blizzard has to take the existing World of Warcraft and blow it up, starting over with all the bits they want and jettisoning the cruft of the last decade. They did a version of this with the Cataclysm expansion, which I’ve also written about a few times.
So, I just wanted to put my finger in the stream again and post pretty much the same thing I noted in a comment over at Alt’s place, and something I’ve written here before…
If Blizzard really wants to shake things up and leave the old WoW behind for a brave new world, they should branch the game. Cut everything that’s presently in the game off from the dev teams (save for bug fixing), package it up as a “buy to play” subscriptionless game in the vein of Guild Wars, and bravely stride off into WoW 2.0 as their premiere flagship subscription game.
It’ll never happen, just like Vanilla servers won’t happen and Pre-Cataclysm servers won’t happen, but hey, I can dream.
Edited to add: This amuses me. As Jay over at The Rampant Coyote points out, “Buy Once and Play” is making a minor comeback. As if it’s something radical. This industry is weird. Even Forbes just can’t resist the satire.