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World of Warcraft graphics overhaul 'probable,' says producer

Ross Miller

Although World of Warcraft is still the ever-reliable top dog, the game has lost that "new MMO smell." Producer J. Allen Brack told Eurogamer that a graphics overhaul is likely for the title's future. "That's actually something we talk about every expansion," he said, later adding, "Will we need a graphical update from the ground up at some point? Yep, probably."

Brack cited two previous MMOs – Ultima Online and EverQuest – that have tried the graphics reboot with only moderate success. "In each case a lot of people continued to play with the original client, because it was faster, or they preferred it, or were just used to it or whatever," he said. Wrath of the Lich King, which will have some optional effects for high-end PC users, is scheduled for release Fall 2008.

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