Currently, player-created content in WoW is limited to UI addons, but what if that was somehow extended to in-game content? While this is not something presently on the table, Stockton suggested that player-created content could be the next evolution of procedural content.
Procedural is the only thing we've really talked about, and I feel like that has to be the next step. We have to be able to make that kind of content, and then offer up the tools. But obviously Blizzard has a very strong history of [user-created content]. I mean, things like the StarCraft II editor are all about that. So I think that would be a natural step.
Blizzard certainly has experience supporting player-created content in their RTS games, but this type of content in a MMO is a completely different animal. Anything player-created would probably have to be separated from the normal progression aspects of the game to prevent anyone from cheating the system. Both procedural and player-created content are things present in other MMOs on the market, but this is uncharted territory for WoW
and adding such a feature would be no small task.
It's difficult to predict what WoW
will look like beyond Warlords of Draenor
. Maybe we'll all be playing someone's custom WoW
tower defense map in a few years, as crazy as that may sound. Even if these specific ideas never come to fruition, it's nice to know Blizzard is thinking big. You can check out the full interview here