In case you didn’t know, Blizzard’s popular MMORPG World of Warcraft was not created on the basis of a new world. Rather, it was inspired by the world that Blizzard created in a trio of real-time strategy games called Warcraft. First came Orcs & Humans, then Tides of Darkness, and then finally Reign of Chaos. It was the popularity of these games that lead to the rise of World of Warcraft. In fact, it was released 2 years after the final game in the RTS trilogy.

Since then, World of Warcraft has become one of the longest lasting and most popular MMORPGs in the world, and so any thoughts of a return to the RTS series seems unlikely. But that doesn’t mean fans don’t want it. In fact, some are wondering if the RTS and MMORPG games could actually co-exist. Says one Battle.Net user:

“Is it possible to somehow continue the warcraft lore having brand new rts game and wow still going with new expansions?” asks player Acnapyx.

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It is an intriguing idea, and one that could bring life back into the MMORPG, as it’s been getting berated by fans a lot recently. Plus, the RTS format is much different than an MMORPG, so if done right it would feel like a breath of fresh air. Not to mention an RTS has a more focused story, so it can deliver a very deep narrative that isn’t dependent on multiple players, but rather, just one person.

A lot of players are behind the idea, as they’d love to see the return of Warcraft, but, some are skeptical that Blizzard would be willing to do that based on their most recent releases:

“All loot-crate based monetization systems. I doubt you’ll see any future games from Blizzard (aside from WoW expansions but WoW already has plenty of microtransactions) that don’t follow a similar path,” says player ├černiesandrs.

It is a good point, as monetization is one of Blizzard’s big things. However, it may not be impossible. One player revealed that Blizzard has talked about Warcraft 4 and how it could potentially be made. So if Blizzard is talking about it, there is hope.

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  1. Actually , WoW is becoming very repetitive. After The 4th expansion, the number of players droped down very quickly from 12 to 5.5 (and I think after the last expansion they recovered a bit from that), and that has many possible reasons, and my predictions is that WoW subscribers will even be less on the following years. How’s that possible with the biggest and deepest MMORPG with the best story, class system, etc?

    Well that’s probably because it’s core it’s kinda obsolet, and there are many good choices in this new MMO era. Remember Final Fantasy XIV? It was a completely fail, so big that they made a full revamp/relaunch/rework (call it whatever) of the game and it’s nowadays one of the Top 10 MMORPGs like it or not.

    So, in my humble opinion, Warcraft IV would be precisely the perfect excuse to rise WoW again, and not only WoW, it’s just a chain combo. If Warcraft IV it’s a success, people would be willing to download/buy the other 3 games of the series just for nostalgia, or maybe because they couldn’t play it on time. So, if Warcraft IV becomes the main competitor to Starcraft II in RTS, the earnings would be enough for thinking about a relaunch of the full game, with smoother mechanics, cleaner graphics, and maybe even join and improve the already astonishing story it has. So, hell yeah, if we see Warcraft IV by 2018, we could see a total rework of WoW by 2020, because, truth must be told, WoW has been living for many years and in 4 years will probably sink if they just relase new expansions instead of making a full rework. But hey, that is just my thoughts, maybe a lot of nostalfags will keep playing since they started at 12 and went on playing up to 24 y, and will probably carry on untill their 30s. It’s like drugs, you played all your life and while they release updates, no matter the quality, you are just happy to play, but hey, people love retro games (so do I) so maybe even with clumsier mechanics, graphics, overall… people would still play WoW. I tried last year to play again but doh… so slow, so clunky, not even the same as newest mmos.

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