Game: The Burning Crusade
Content Type: Gaming News
Date: March 31, 2020
If you are signed up to receive emails from Blizzard, you might already know this: Blizzard just sent out emails with a survey for The Burning Crusade expansion in WoW Classic!
In many ways, it’s exciting news.
First of all, even without digging into the questions, this action means that Blizzard is seriously considering The Burning Crusade for WoW Classic, even though they haven’t made an official announcement for it just yet. The historical expansion became, arguably, a significant improvement on the original version of the game, so The Burning Crusade for Classic is quite big news.
We can see that Blizzard isn’t entirely sure how to handle introducing this expansion, but they chose to address this uncertainty in a rather clever way.
By asking the players themselves, of course!
The Burning Crusade Survey Questions
There are two questions in the survey that drew the most attention from us and the other players, and we will address them in order:
- “How interested are you in a ‘Classic’ version of The Burning Crusade?” (Options range from “Not at all interested” to “Extremely interested”).
This goes back to our note about the original 2007 The Burning Crusade expansion and how it was remembered by World of Warcraft players. The more conservative active players really just want to continue playing the game as it is right now, without the predicted oversaturation of Blood Elf characters. On the other hand, the potential to “start over” on a new server is at least a little appealing for new and returning players (we will touch on that later).
Meanwhile, other players who are familiar with the expansion got quite excited discussing the potential new level cap, remembering the expansion’s new content zones, flying mounts, PvP Arena seasons, the Attunement System, races, and non-faction-specific classes. This vision brings excitement for the Draenei and Blood Elf races to the front, even if it means some serious time and effort investment put into leveling.
Or does it…?
To answer that, here’s an even more intriguing question #2 in the survey:
- “Thinking about the potential ways a player could start a character in ‘Classic’ Burning Crusade, which of the following would you prefer most?”
- “Continue playing my current Classic character on my existing server as it progresses to the Burning Crusade expansion, with the option to transfer to a Classic server that will never progress past level 60.”
- “Continue playing my current Classic character on my existing server that will never progress past level 60, with the option to transfer to a Burning Crusade server.”
- “Start a brand new character from level 58 on a new Burning Crusade server.”
- “Start a brand new character from Level 1 on a new Burning Crusade server.”
- “None of the above.”
To those players who don’t want to participate in The Burning Crusade expansion, even the existence of this question has very good implications. Blizzard, in other words, is very open to the option of keeping the old servers up, with the Classic experience being largely undisturbed, if desired by the player.
Meanwhile, the long-term time investment that many players have put into their beloved Classic characters is bringing some anxiety to the table. Many players would sincerely like to avoid starting their progress over, even if they want to experience The Burning Crusade in its full form. Would a “fresh start” server benefit the community by drawing in new and returning players, or would it put needless stress over the community by forcing players to invest tremendous time and labor into their new characters? But would allowing players to start at level 58 be an effective solution?
The definitions and drawbacks of “transferring” characters, technicalities behind keeping legacy servers, and the alternatives of copying current characters over are currently debated by the community and will no doubt still leave Blizzard with some tricky decisions to make. Still, we can all agree that it is quite nice that the players’ wishes are given a thorough consideration, and the resulting discussion will at least give Blizzard some new insights, and perhaps even some new ideas.