- Author: Pride
- Date: April 22, 2022
- Expansion: WotLK Classic
Amidst the torrent of WotLK related news and the ensuing hype, a lot of the smaller details regarding the actual transition from TBC to WotLK flew under the radar. It turns out that might have been for the best, as it turns out there are some less-than-great news in store for us, that Blizzard perhaps didn’t want to be the main focus of the discussion here.
World of Warcraft Classic head Brian Birmingham and production director Patrick Dawson sat down for an interview with IGN, the topic of course being Wrath of the Lich King and the future of Classic WoW. While most of the things discussed we already knew or could safely assume, there was one piece of information that we had not heard before that certainly caught our attention — this time there will not be “TBC Era” servers where we get to play our TBC characters perpetually if we so desire, our characters will be forcefully migrated to the Wrath of the Lich King expansion.
We are not gonna let people stay in Burning Crusade who want to this time. We really didn’t have a lot of uptick in interest in that — and we are going to make sure that we continue to preserve the original Classic version of the game. We know that some people really did want just that version, and so that version is going to continue to exist. But as we continue, the Burning Crusade version will just transition into the Wrath of the Lich King version, and there will not be another choice or clone service offered as we did with the original Burning Crusade release.
They went on to specify that something akin to Season of Mastery, wherein the leveling pace is increased and the content is tuned to give a more challenging experience, may be considered in the future, for players who want to revisit TBC eventually. Blizzard is keeping an eye out for interest in that.
Needless to say that players who prefer TBC over other expansions definitely are not happy over this decision. Blizzard’s rationale is understandable, as the Classic Era servers are pretty much dead at this point, but many would point to their decision to attach a harsh fee to the clone service as a major factor of that. Without any official plans for a Season of Mastery type feature for TBC servers, players who want to play TBC will once again be forced to turn to private servers, as after Wrath of the Lich King Classic launches there will be no way to play The Burning Crusade at all anymore.
What are your thoughts on this topic? Are you okay with Blizzard’s decision to stop offering a way to play The Burning Crusade after WotLK Classic launches, or did you hope you could do so like it was the case with Classic? Does this change how you feel about WotLK Classic at all? Let us know in the comments below!