I’ve been playing WoW since shortly after it was released and I still play it regularly. With each new expansion it’s clear that Blizzard has learned a lot as Burning Crusade brought in a much evolved questing system and Wrath of the Lich King made heavy use of phasing for story telling. The last two expansions have been so good, in fact, that it made the problems with the original content stand out like a sore thumb. Which wouldn’t be a problem except that if you start a new character that isn’t a Death Knight then you have to go through 60 levels of the old stuff before getting to the better stuff. I’ve been arguing that they needed to revamp the “old world” for a long time. It’s been five years and the people rebuilding Westfall haven’t made any progress at all. Plus there’s all these zones they had set up for future expansion that never got finished. Not to mention the fact that you can use flying mounts in Northrend, but not Kalimdor or the Eastern Kingdoms just seemed silly.
It appears someone at Blizzard must have been thinking along the same lines as the new expansion will literally remake the world. Check out the trailer they’ve released for it:
As it turns out, though, the changes go far beyond just revamping most of the original content and fleshing out the areas that have never been finished before. According to the Class, Items, and Professions panel quite a lot of the game’s mechanics will be changing as well. Both in terms of new stuff (Path of the Titans) and the current stuff (Hunters will no longer use Mana for their special attacks). The breadth and width of the changes will have the hardcore crowd scrambling to figure out how things work. All in all I’d say this is a much needed and anticipated revamp. I know I’m actually looking forward to starting a new Level 1 character (probably a Worgen of some sort) just to experience all the new content.
Alas it’ll be sometime in next year before it’ll be released. Current guess is by Krismas, though if we’re lucky it’ll happen sooner than that.