Blizzard sends out a Burning Crusade Classic survey, says farewell to Diablo III’s community manager

    
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It’s time to throw a whole armful of kindling onto the smoldering fire that is rumors of a WoW Classic Burning Crusade server. Wowhead is reporting that Blizzard sent out a survey to select players asking them how they would hypothetically like to start their journey on such a hypothetical server.

The options include continuing on with a current WoW Classic character, starting a new character at level 58 on a Burning Crusade server, and starting a new character at level 1. To make matters more complicated, the studio asked if players wanted their current servers to morph into a Burning Crusade shard (with the option to transfer to a fixed WoW Classic vanilla server) or if they wanted new Burning Crusade servers with the option to transfer current characters over there. It definitely sounds as though there are a lot of options on the table.

(Weren’t around for The Burning Crusade back in ’07? Take Eliot’s tour of the expansion to gain a deeper understanding of how Outland changed the game for better and for worse.)

In other Blizzard news, Diablo III community manager Brandy ‘Nevalistis’ Camel announced that last Friday was her final day at the company. “I’m not leaving for any ill reasons,” Camel clarified. “Sometimes, opportunity presents itself and you just gotta roll the dice.”

Source: Wowhead, Diablo III. Thanks, Minimalistway!

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Techno Wizard

The Horde in Classic at launch: “Yay, no Blood Elves. Lok’tar!”

The Horde in Classic now: “Dammit!”

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Lighthope

So Diablo Community Manager Brandy Camel says she is “not leaving for any ill reasons” and that “I have an opportunity to explore a new and very different adventure”.

Her “new adventure” is leaving as Diablo Community Manager to become…Dungeons and Dragons Community Manager.

Sounds more lateral to me.

Wonder if there were more “ill reasons” than is being let on.

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Armsbend

Lateral moves can be upwards moves if the job pays more, the job has a better campus, the company offers better upwards mobility, etc.

It doesn’t always have to be because you were slighted in some way.

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Bree Royce

Given persistent claims that Blizzard underpays where it’s located, it seems like WOTC is a big jump up.

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Armsbend

So Wow Classic is just WoW Retail – 10 years right?

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Bruno Brito

I’m willing to bet they’ll leave a couple of servers open after all the progressive stuff goes.

Like, you’ll have a couple of vanilla, a couple of TBC, a couple of Wrath, so on and on.

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Armsbend

Then in five years start the cycle gain yah? World of Warcraft Classic Again.

This all sounds exciting.

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Bruno Brito

Yes. Basically. Fresh servers have so much appeal that they became a meme on the private community. Players love that garbage.

Honestly, Blizzard is losing the opportunity to print money by just automating seasonal servers, where progress gets reset after every season and people should level and compete all over again.

If they end up buffing stuff, that’s a bonus for the neckbeards who think WoW Vanilla is some kind of hardcore experience just because you die twice leveling.

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Fisty

I would hate if they went like a lot of others do and breeze through just to start over again the next year.

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Bruno Brito

I never said i liked it. But these seasonal garbage seems to actively gather a crowd.

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Roger Melly

I think this is fine as long as when it happens Blizzard offer free transfers in classic servers because they will see an inevitable drop in their populations .

The classic population do seem to be very split on this idea right down the middle . Some people wanted classic + ( new content within the vanilla period ) and others wanted TBC .

I am glad the TBC servers seem to be a separate thing but just give people the chance to move from dead classic realms for free after it happens .

Personally I am just taking some time out from classic wow to play lotro and ddo . I still like it but I am just a little burnt out and want a change of pace for a few months .

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kjempff

A survey in the bear community confirms that honey is the best.

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Pepperzine

Are you sure they didn’t say twinks, twunks, or hunks?

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Sorenthaz

TBC and WotLK servers should definitely be a thing, but I don’t think that they should override Classic. Instead make it so you can copy your character from Classic onto a server in TBC. That way you don’t lose the character from the Classic servers but you can retain all their stuff on the TBC server.

I think TBC would probably be more popular than Classic, or at least retain people longer, but at the same time the Classic servers shouldn’t just get wiped out or forcibly upgraded into TBC. Leave each as sort of their own individual snapshot of the game to give folks options.

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Burning Crusade coming was inevitable and I’m not at all mad about that.

But the question of servers is interesting. Do they wish to foster the same server community feeling? But then again, Blizzard has proven they don’t care about that now that transfers is a thing for Classic.

I guess the real question is, do they want to flood the game with more servers for what must be a decreasing population now, I could be wrong but I’m somewhat doubtful TBC launch would bring more players back than Classics’ launch did, but I could be wrong there.

It’s tough, but if I was Blizzard, I think I would just do their first option they had in the survey as it makes the most logistical sense to me.

Upgrade all the current WoW Classic Servers to TBC provided a clear majority of subscribers vote in favour of it (or you could do a vote on a server by server basis but that might get whack).

Then roll out fresh servers to be stuck on just Classic, at which point folk can either transfer their current classic character over without any changes as it’ll be the same or reroll if they wish.

I think that would be the best option personally.

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Malcolm Swoboda

As long as Classic servers continue to exist, and Blizzard continues fresh servers on a schedule.

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Arktouros

Finally we see the answer to the “What happens when they run out of content?” question.

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Danny Smith

“Gotta roll the dice” instead of “on to new adventures!” maybe someone actually quit rather than got fired for once?

As for BC thats kind of a no brainer since didn’t the shareholder call say fully half of WoW subs are people exclusively playing classic? If you retail product is struggling but you have a product to rerelease rather than start from scratch to double that userbase/income per month? they don’t hate money right?

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Axetwin .

Yeah the sub number was that high last year when Classic launched. There’s no official numbers, but estimates say the active subs have declined rapidly after the first couple months.