We won't know until they've announced the expansion, but I'd personally love to see the Burning Crusade motif make a comeback. Leveling clownsuits aside, I really loved the aesthetics of that expansion, whether it be equipment, zones, or NPCs like the ethereals.
What's the deal with the giant (Nether? Arcane?) extractors in Netherstorm? And why the heck are they being routed to ethereal biodomes? Why biodomes? And why are the draeni design? Ugh the whole zone of netherstorm just does not make sense to me, any lore reasons behind this?
I'm pretty sure all of this is explained throughout the Burning Crusade questing experience. The group of blood elves following Kael'thas were using the extractors to pull arcane power out of the environment, much like we would drill for oil in the real world. The biodomes are built and maintained by the ethereals. The ethereals can live in any environment they want, but most people can't. They're hoping to make some cash off of adventurers by terraforming fancy, exotic resorts in the middle of the Netherstorm wasteland. The draenei architecture is there because the draenei lived on Draenor for a very long time before they had to flee to Azeroth, and were likely much better at building permanent structures than the tribal orcs.
Do you think the emergence of Hearthstone and the possibility of a Warcraft movie actually happening is Blizzard foreseeing the reduction in subs and trying to introduce WoW to people through other methods?
I don't think either of those things was thought up with the intent of slowing down the decrease in subscribers, but I'm sure both of them will contribute to that regardless. I'm sure plenty of people who have never touched WoW before will give it a shot once they've seen the movie, whenever it happens to actually release. The movie has been in the planning stages for years now, since back when subscriber numbers were still rising dramatically.
Speculation time! With Blizz implementing with MoP "no big baddie" at the end, do you think we will see a similar idea with the upcoming expansion, or do you think they will be going back to their roots on this? And who do you think it will be if they do this!?
This is another case where we won't know until we see it, but I don't think Mists of Pandaria's lack of apocalypse indicates anything either way. Mists of Pandaria was intended as something of a vacation from apocalypse scenarios, but vacations don't last forever. Maybe we'll get one in the next expansion. Maybe we won't, and our next doomsday is still a ways off. Anything could happen.
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