The 5th anniversary press continues -- this time it's a site called Techland
, where our friend Tracey John (who also writes for Massively
) interviews Jeff Kaplan about his reflections on the last five years of the game. It's surprising to hear that early on, Blizzard wasn't so sure of their success. Despite the fact that even before WoW
, they had made some of the most classic PC games of all time, they weren't sure that going the subscription route was a good idea. But one of the companies' founders stood up and gave a pep talk, and promised a whole million subscribers, apparently. Of course, they'd go on to make many times that
, but that was good enough to get the team going again.
Kaplan also says that he is a little bummed that Blizzard didn't scale back raiding earlier
-- 40-man raids were a little unwieldy, he admits now, and smaller raids would have meant more content in the vanilla days. But he does say that since the game has been updated so much, most of the stuff they wish they'd done different has actually been done differently. And in the future, he says that better technology will play a big role -- bigger instance capacity, and things like cross-server instances
and other innovations. The next five years, he seems to hint, should be just as interesting as the first.