There’s a lot of Big Talk going on these days about how WoW Classic will perform and what it will do to both Blizzard and the MMO community. Some are predicting greatness, while others a brief infatuation and fall from glory. Yet what I think is the most interesting question of all is what WoW Classic will do to its primary competition: retail World of Warcraft.
There used to be a joke that “the only WoW killer would be WoW itself” — and now I wonder if that might actually become true. Does Classic have a chance of topping (and toppling) WoW from its perch? Will Classic be able to sustain what will undoubtedly be strong opening month numbers? Will players desert retail WoW, remain loyal, or split their time? Ultimately, how will it shake up and what will this mean for the two MMORPGs that Blizzard will be running under its roof?
What do you foresee? Will Classic be THE World of Warcraft, or will it enjoy a brief time in the spotlight before retail WoW comes back with Patch 8.2.5 and an expansion announcement at BlizzCon? Are too may WoW players simply invested in their regular characters to make the full-time switch? Call it out in the comments today so that you can crow about your accuracy in the months to come!