In the face of falling WoW subscription numbers and the end of project Titan, Blizzard has hit a bout of inspiration and growth. The company is adopting a fresh development outlook, one that utilizes the strong Blizzard community and focuses on small, experimental projects similar to Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm. According to Chris Metzen, Blizzard’s senior vice president of story and franchise development, these focused projects can then be directed and expanded as Blizzard sees fit.
J Allen Brac, World of Warcraft Executive Producer, took time to assure fans that their established series would continue to receive strong support. Aside from Diablo 3′s new season mode and StarCraft 2‘s Legacy of the Void expansion, Blizzard is also looking forward to bringing much more content to WoW.
“The World of Warcraft team is 50 percent larger today than it was when we shipped Mists of Pandaria,” Brack told Polygon. “We’re already working on the next expansion. We already have ideas for the expansion after that. We’ve never been larger. We’ve never been more forward-thinking about the types of things that we can do with World of Warcraft.”
We look to see great things come out of the team’s newfound inspiration, including details on future expansions, as they solidify.
The next World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, releases November 19.