During Blizzcon, folks were not surprised at the announcement of a World of Warcraft expansion. They were, however, taken by surprise by the announcement that garrisons, effectively housing, would be included. We have some thoughts about garrisons and what they mean to the venerable WoW. Read on and then leave your own thoughts in the comments.
The garrison system presents an especially interesting case in this regard. It is difficult to imagine that Blizzard feels a ton of threat from casual Facebook and mobile games like Farmville, Mafia Wars and Tiny Tower. It doesn’t seem like there is a lot of potential overlap between the audiences for those games and the players of WoW, especially since it sounds like the garrisons will be limited to high level players. That doesn’t mean, however, that the developers at Blizzard aren’t looking at these games and thinking about what makes them so interesting and addictive to play. In those games, the basic treadmill experience is leveling up resource production to level up production facilities, to get more money which then gets re-invested in increasing production in an endless cycle of levelling and improvement.
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