Not news exactly, but a great post has popped up on the World of Warcraft Reddit that is one of the most highly upvoted posts I've ever seen. It's been upvoted over 25,000 times in well under a day and has earned a ton of Reddit currency.
Penned by "Alizbee", the writer reflects on his years as a Blizzard fan and how the company mantra used to be "gameplay first". His lament is that it's simply not that way any more and that Blizzard has lost its way...maybe forever.
Truthfully, if you're a WoW fan or just a general Blizzard fan -- or WERE at one time -- it's a letter you won't want to miss.
You stopped making an MMORPG years ago. Instead, you turned WoW into an elaborate fantasy-themed casino replicator. It's a third-person looter-shooter designed to string players out like addicts looking for a fix. Your other titles are just animated shopping carts that feature mini-games people can play in between opening loot boxes.
We are not your enemy Blizzard. We are your loyal supporters. The luke-warm, fair-weather fans are gone and they are not coming back. We are all you have left. And frankly, when it comes to MMORPGs, you are all we have. Please stop ruining World of Warcraft. Please stop designing it around KPIs, MAUs, and other marketing bullshit. I'll play the game if it's fun. And right now, it's not fun. The people designing and developing the game look tired. Maybe it's time for them to "move to other unannounced projects". Or maybe you just need to let them remember what "gameplay first" means.
But I do know Blizzard games. And I know that whatever it is you are producing recently, are not Blizzard games.