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Can Classic World of Warcraft Hold Up in Today's Market? - MMORPG.com

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  • blamo2000blamo2000 Member RarePosts: 1,020
    baphamet said:
    Dinasty said:
    Nope, this will not do well for long.

    Once those rose colored glasses are slapped off, crushed by reality and the population dwindles. I'll tell ya I told ya so.
    so where are you thinking those people end up? retail? there are a lot of people that don't like retail and would much rather play on a "classic" server. its either that or don't play wow at all for a lot of people.

    my reality is i can't stand wow retail, so the buck stops here if i ever want to play wow again., unless i go to a private server. i'm guessing i'm not alone, not by a long shot.


    I think most of them will go back to doing what they were doing before. Playing other games. As we ancient Wow vets have been doing for years. Or back to the true vanilla rogue servers they can play on for free.

    What other mmorpg is like wow vanilla?  What I am doing now is waiting for wow classic and an mmorpg that interests me (so far it is only the two super hero ones being developed).  So I will go back to waiting for wow classic instead of playing it?  Thats just crazy.

    And from talking to people on the blizzard classic discussion board most are like me - we don't understand or trust private servers.  I only recently tried one and I just can't do it.  It feels like even more of a waste of time than beta testing a game that most likely will never go live.  Granted, official games I do like and am interested in can close down, like Wildstar, but generally I have zero anxiety playing an official game - my anxiety level was super high playing just a couple minutes on a private server.  Private servers just aren't for me and a lot of other people.  
  • OzmodanOzmodan Member EpicPosts: 9,699
    I do not understand why pvp is such a big deal in Classic Wow.  When Wow came out, pvp was lame, really lame for those there were used to pvp games.   Respawn at the nearest graveyard made pvp a complete joke.   It did not matter if you killed anyone, they would be back at it in a minute or so and that was when mounts were not available until 40.  

    I enjoyed Wow, but there are much better games out there today and Wow has not aged very well.  I wish anyone playing on the classic servers to have fun.  I just cannot bring myself to go back to those days.
  • StranaStrana Member UncommonPosts: 38
    @Garrett Fuller The petition 3 years ago was at 230,000 signatures. I think your 50k is a little off.
    Galadourn
  • grndzrogrndzro Member UncommonPosts: 1,156
    Only if it goes back to the old complicated skill system. Wow died for me when they dumbed it down and ruined my priest, and dark knight.
    Galadourn
  • UhwopUhwop Member UncommonPosts: 1,791
    edited May 2019


    That saying that you can never go back comes to mind. You cannot go back and recapture that feeling you had when you first played classic. Nor can you go back and ignore the QoL issues that were present or some of the more tedious gameplay mechanics that faked depth. There are some awesome things to go back and see for sure and I think for 6-12 months it will be very successful at least until the content dries up.



    People already complain that leveling an alt takes to long. They have no idea what it was like. I think it burns bright for a bit then falls to a smaller community that will keep a few realms going but that will be it.



    When the game was at it's peak it had it's original character development. It had a much slower leveling curve. It had only just introduced an LFG option. The game had PvP servers.

    Today, WoW is minus several million subscribers, near 10! The leveling is obscenely fast, to the point that you hit max level in about a week of casual play, and only see a few zones of the main game, as well as skip whole expansions worth of content. Today you don't need to socialize, and boy do a lot of people take advantage that, not even if you want to raid. At it's peak something like 2% of the playerbase experienced raid content, today you can press a button and do it and the game has some 10 million fewer players.

    If the changes they made to WoW were so great there wouldn't have been a big push for classic, and they wouldn't have shed something like 80% of their playerbase.

    The only people fixated on feelings are people that make posts like the one you made. The people who wanted classic wanted it for the gameplay mechanics, slower pace, and need to actually socialize in a game you play with thousands of other people.
  • GaladournGaladourn Member RarePosts: 1,810
    Strana said:
    @Garrett Fuller The petition 3 years ago was at 230,000 signatures. I think your 50k is a little off.
    280,051 to be precise
  • WizbuizWizbuiz Member UncommonPosts: 212
    No it will not, it will be a game for fanbois who haven't settled in other MMOS yet. My WoW account is from 2004
  • DKLondDKLond Member RarePosts: 2,273
    In the short term, I think it'll be successful.

    In the long term? I doubt it will be a big thing, but I've learned never to say never.

    Now, the clever twist that Bliz might pull off is to take Classic as a foundation and then develop it in a completely different direction.

    One could perhaps call it "Hardcore WoW" or "Old-school WoW" - something like what we might have hoped for once, long ago.

    I think the core elements of Classic WoW are solid enough to expand upon, and I always loved the world building and the engine.

    They could go crazy and turn it into a full-loot world PvP thing - or some kind of sandbox MMO set in the same world.

    The sky would be the limit, but it obviously won't happen - as Blizzard was never really a creative company, and these days they're all but dead in terms of innovation or boldness.
  • ShinyFlygonShinyFlygon Member UncommonPosts: 50


    After seeing the beta? No way.



    The other thing I don't get about these servers though is that there's no avoiding the inevitable progression/end of the ride. Eventually the game you're playing will become the retail version.....so why bother? And even if it never moved beyond X or Y point.....you're not going to get new content then......so why bother?



    This is the falsest of false dichotomies.

    The way they are actually going to handle it (or so they've hinted) is this: When it's time to progress the timeline, they may leave out certain so-called "quality of life" changes, most importantly the ones that contributed to the overly casual nature of modern WoW that Classic players despise.

    Just imagining the Legion expansion under a Classic ruleset seems amazing to me.
  • IceAgeIceAge Member EpicPosts: 2,444

    Just imagining the Legion expansion under a Classic ruleset seems amazing to me.
    At first I though you are a bot, necro-ing this thread.

    BUT, that line over there, for some reasons, brings me excitement. Legion for me, is one of the best x-pac. So yes! I'm all for it.

    Reporter: What's behind Blizzard success, and how do you make your gamers happy?
    Blizzard Boss: Making gamers happy is not my concern, making money.. yes!

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