The nature of World of Warcraft’s expansion releases and design philosophy means that every expansion adds another stack of levels on top of the increasingly daunting tower, and today the level cap sits at 120 — double what it was at launch. There’s been a lot of talk in recent times (including by our own Eliot and Justin) about the possibility of a so-called “level squish” to reduce the max level to reduce the intimidation factor for new players while also making leveling feel a bit more meaningful, but based on a question in a recent Blizzard player survey, it seems that it may be more than just a possibility.
Blizzard Watch reports that Reddit user Nivens posted in the World of Warcraft subreddit with a screenshot allegedly taken of a survey e-mail sent by Blizzard, which depicts the question, “Are you aware that the maximum level of 120 will be reduced in the future (i.e., ‘Level Squish’)?” A second screenshot of a different question provides a bit more detail: “The ‘Level Squish’ will reduce the total number of levels required to access the most current game content. The new level cap will be dramatically lower than the current level cap of 120,” it reads. Blizzard Watch’s Matthew Rossi notes that he hasn’t personally received the e-mail survey in question, so its veracity hasn’t been confirmed, but if it’s real, then it looks like WoW is in for some big shake-ups.