What they can do next
Despite the issues and the stop-and-start feel of the world event, I had a great time, and a lot of players did, too. Blizzard really is going above and beyond with MMO gameplay lately, both in the world event and in the expansion -- no other MMO company is playing with the kinds of mechanics and ideas that Blizzard is tossing around, and that's awesome.
But a future world event will pick up where this one left off, and go beyond. The mechanic of having players affect players is brilliant, and the idea of a temporary third faction worked very well, so that's definitely an idea that could be reused, in a different form than disease. And mixing that with established ideas, like the Scourge Invasion or the AQ War Effort, makes for an activity that can get everyone involved no matter who you are. But for a future world event, Blizzard needs to mix that in with the lore that they've already established -- use questing or even phasing, as they've done in Wrath
already, to bring a bigger story into the picture effectively, and put some real meaning behind the chaos that naturally ensues from pitting player against player.
Finally, they need to change the world, permanently, and not in a way we would expect. World events are usually accompanied with new content, obviously, and we all knew that at the end of this event, we'd be headed off to Northrend. But if they'd mixed that in with a real razing of Orgrimmar, or part of Stormwind permanently taken over by the Scourge, or Darnassus falling to the Nerubians, we'd all get a much better souvenir than even the Arcanite Ripper
: we'd walk by the fighting in Stormwind or the rubble in Orgrimmar and say, "I remember when those streets were full of innocent citizens, before the Scourge made their terrible mark on this land. Arthas has to pay."
This was the biggest world event Blizzard has ever tried, and it seems like a player favorite already. But they did stumble a bit -- hopefully, the next time our World comes crashing down, Blizzard will make the experience even more epic.Relive all of WoW Insider's coverage of the world event, from the initial zombie attack up through the Arcanite Ripper and the various bosses of the Scourge Invasion, down to the final attacks on Orgrimmar and Stormwind. Before we went to Arthas, he and his minions came to us!