I have expierienced this phenomenon myself, as I have just started playing WoW scarcely a month ago because I wanted to experience the new content. I wasn't this psyched about TBC so I didn't buy WoW that time around. The thing is though, in my opinion, that they really took a huge step from vanilla and TBC to Wrath. The setting is right, the antagonist a big figure in Warcraft lore, and which I think is often overlooked, TBC has produced a good community that has proven to be devoted to the game. Something else I observed is that a lot of kids and teenagers (14 - 17 years of age at the time of vanilla and TBC) that always wanted to play WoW but couldn't (not enough money/parents) now can, and so I've seen a lot of them go ahead and buy it this time around.
I have a lot of friends who used to run the old retro stuff with me; MC, BWL, ya know, all the good ol' stuff. I think BC drastically diverged from the cool, old, medieval, but middle earth setting that the original WoW had. There is something so nostalgic and (I hate to sound recycled) but classic feeling to the first WoW that set it apart from so many other MMO's even though it was very similar as well. Not to say TBC was bad, but the whole leveling process was completely alien from the original. Questing was extremely tedious and frustrating, the zones were not particularly interesting, and even things as simple as the poor, poor item designs led to a huge turn-off for devoted fans. TBC really shone to me, in its endgame, starting with Kara. Before I hit 70, and all my other friends had, the only thing they wanted to do was to hit 70. Nobody seemed interested in enjoying the new content because compared to the original WoW, it was extremely lacking. Once people finally hit 70, they were suddenly excited and looking for more. With the release of Wrath, I've never been so excited to quest, and so far it has been a blast. Although the feel and I guess character of original WoW can't be replicated, Wrath looks like a rebirth to many people of this old medieval, middle earth style, but not too recycled to be something new and exciting.
People change -- it's expected. I have friends that played WoW with me, but as they grew older, their likes, and dislikes changed. I currently don't have any friends that play, and I like that -- I enjoy soloing. I'm sure that'll change, though.
It's been quite the opposite for me actually.I got BC on a school night at 1 in the morning, played until I had to go to school. I've been in and out of WoW since then, no doubt I've been playing the game for over 4 years now, but I'm just not interested in getting WotLK yet.I got really bored with the 70 content, I was in the beta and the leveling is just the same as it was.Personally I've always been horde and I've never leveled an ally, so without excitement for leveling my four 70s, I started and ally and I've been leveling her. She's 33 now and I plan to take her all the way.So it'll be another few weeks until I need WotLK, I wasn't at all ecstatic that it was coming out.Dunno. =/I think the game has changed for the worse since the release of BC. It's not worth all of the time now, for me.
From my own personal experience. I did come back for WotLK. Not necessary for the actual expansion, but all other MMO's just quite aren't as polished as WoW. I quit 2 years ago, and came back just this past week to see how things have changed. So I created a new character on a new server, (Just didn't want the old memories of my old character....had some bad times...) and I have to say, Shamans are very fun. That's also a reason I came back. WoW is fun, any game that is fun and exciting I will play. Sure it may be repetitive at some points, but most of the time its a fun experence and I get to do things other MMO's out there provide.
You have alot of fingers and toes....And a few of my friends have resurrected old accounts to come back and play the game after supposedly "beating all the content" prior to Wrath...And I'm thinking the reason that BC seems so popular in comparison is the different design and lore integrated into Wrath...and Dks of course....And the queue times are horrendous and there is no doubt many people complaining to blizz over such a silly thing - _-
Queues have died down. Could be that it is no longer the weekend, but I'm glad I don't have to wait for two hours while 1500 people log off. :/It's cool that people came back to the game, though. There really is a lot of amazing stuff to experience. And we have plenty of time to get through it. ;)Incidentally, in TBC I zerged to 70 in a week, had my epic flying mount a week later and managed to gather enough heroic gear to start on Karazhan within a month of its release.This time around, I am really enjoying the content; stopping to smell the roses and maybe even prune them here and there. My mage is only level 71 and I am in no real hurry to get to 72, let alone level 80. I want to take my time and just... breathe it all in, one sub-zone at a time. :)
Queues have died down. Could be that it is no longer the weekend, but I'm glad I don't have to wait for two hours while 1500 people log off. :/The queues has definately not been less lately. I'd still have to wait in the queue for more than 2 hours sometimes...Anyways as blizzard said themselves, that they would use alot more time on creating Wrath of the lich king, than they would at Burning crusade. It's a great game though, but on the other side blizzard had to make Wotlk much better so it could make up to peoples expections.
for me wrath is where all the warcraft lore comes together. I'm not sure how many original wc1,2,3 players there are in WoW but those that are will have noticed some hopps-skipps-and jumps between in game lore of WoW and the cinimatics of the warcraft series. For me, wrath has this amazing ability to actually cause me to want to quest to level..... ive gone from 1-70 mostly though instance grinding and some quests here but never to the extent that wrath is drawing me in. Now i'm still not gung-ho about doing all the quests, i left the Fijord at 49/109 according to the achievement tracker but the questing I have done was just as enjoyable as the first day I picked up the game. I'm excited about the possibility of flying a frostwrym around northrend..... the one unit in wc3 that could turn a game upside down... like the carriers of starcraft it just brought the whole.... oh man this is going to be rough feeling.with all the lore being exhausted from the wc123 series i look forward to the direction blizzard is going to take in the next expansion ... because if theres something we know about blizzard is that it just keeps on going... i mean really, who would have thought there would have been a sc2 back in the day.... or that thrall was going to break out of prison camp in wc2 and start the wc3 saga that we are all so familiar with? whatever happens im sure it will be epic.
But seriosuly, what is left after Arthas is dead? So far as i can see, all bad guys have been downed (more or less).The only real badass left after Arthas, Illidan, Archimonde, Vasj, and Kael'Thas have been killed is Sargeras, who resides in the Twisting Nether (presumed).To a lesser extend you could have an expansion focused around Queen Azshara/The Maelstrom, but somewhat that feels like stretching it.OR Blizzard could ressurect some of the old baddies. That wouldn't be the first time really...What do you think?
There ill likely be three more expansions as these were outlined by Blizzard sometime around the original release of WoW when discussing where they were going to take the game.The first obvioulsy was The Burning Crusade, followed by the current Wrath of Lich King.Following these there will likely be an Emerald Dream expansion though this could likely be done with a content patch as well, similiar to 2.4. There was talk of an expansion centered around the Maelstrom and the final one was something to due with the Titans.
hmm yea it would be forcing it to rez the bad guys again. if they are gonna continue with WoW, i think they will be creating something brand new, or it just wont work; kinda like the time before the burning legion came etc.if not maybe... a new game: Stars of Starcraft? lol
There is a new MMO being created by Blizz at the moment. As they say, it will be something completely new (and definitely will not be named WoW II). Would this mean the end of World of Warcraft? As for me it is a bit silly to keep two games which are making a competition to each other...However, I am delighted with WoTLK - the enjoyment from the game is almost the same as after my very first log-in into the Azeroth world. Most of all, I like this come back to 'classic' fantasy environment... was a little bit tired of 'Star Trek' which was presented in TBC.
There is a new MMO being created by Blizz at the moment. As they say, it will be something completely new (and definitely will not be named WoW II). Would this mean the end of World of Warcraft? As for me it is a bit silly to keep two games which are making a competition to each other...Two games created by and released by the same company aren't really in competition with each other. The same company sees the profits from both games, and Blizzard is definitely growing and they have the revenue to support multiple development teams as evident by the current development of Diablo III, Starcraft II, a new MMO, and continued support and development of WoW. Blizzard as a company has often been more about supplying a quality product than about making money. The Burning Crusade sorta changed things a bit with them, but having seen WotLK and rave reviews and player enthusiasm it would seem they're back on track.
Everyone i have ever known that plays the game as simply always played it, i guess after awhile the game just kind of becomes a part of your life and daily routine. I would have to agree with what people are saying about how everyone is coming back to play sence WotLK, it's a big part of Warcraft lore and people want to see how it plays out. Not to mention the new DeathKnight class, i have friends who bought the expansion for that alone.As for the Queue's i have never in the 3 years that i have been playing had to deal with one. Blizzard doesnt just give out those free charecter transfers for nothing you know, if you dont like the Queue to play then move to another server.
Queues are routinely taking an hour or more on Illidan.US. While we are accustomed to queues throughout the year, it's really getting ridiculous. There are free transfers up, but it has made little change so far. Blizzard was slow to lock the server, and now we have entire guilds from other servers which have transferred (and beaten everything up to Malygos on Heroic difficulty). I'm not sure how I feel about that yet.But seriosuly, what is left after Arthas is dead? So far as i can see, all bad guys have been downed (more or less).There are tons & tons of ideas to draw upon. There are many stories which you haven't even considered. To start, just look at what areas of the game are currently in-place or have some lead, but have yet to pan out. Uldum, Grim Batol, even Azshara like you said. There are just countless things out there, which a multi-billion dollar company can capitalize upon, if given the chance. Keep an open mind.
There are tons & tons of ideas to draw upon. There are many stories which you haven't even considered. To start, just look at what areas of the game are currently in-place or have some lead, but have yet to pan out. Uldum, Grim Batol, even Azshara like you said. There are just countless things out there, which a multi-billion dollar company can capitalize upon, if given the chance. Keep an open mind.If you take a look at the maps near the back of your WoW Game Manual you'll see there's loads of unexplored areas. There's still Sergeras, the Maelstrom, the Twisting Nether (not like the one in Outland), ect.The possibilities are endless
As someone mentioned earlier, the Titans story isn't exactly finished... So that could possibly be a continuation to the story, not necessarily reviving old villans. We still haven't entered Uldum in Tanaris...
i played 4 years ago, and now i'm playing again because i have friends that play. i will never play wow if i don't have any friends to play with
Mabey its just the want to see how this saga will finish.