It seems that Blizzard is taking more seriously the notion of a World of Warcraft level squish than had been previously thought. A new survey is making the rounds asking players how they would feel if the company decided to "squish", or reduce, WoW levels from where it currently stands at 120. Each expansion has added more levels to the cap and developers feel that this is not healthy for the game. Ion Hazzikostas recently alluded to a forthcoming squish with the next expansion.
Survey questions ask players -
- if they know a level reduction is coming in the future;
- if they would like or dislike a reduction in total character levels
Reducing the number of levels a player has to climb in order to reach the most current content is, according to Hazzikostas, "kind of an empty experience" for players and that older content simply isn't meaningful. By reducing the number of levels a player has to attain, talents can be redistributed so that players are actually feeling stronger through gaining new skills and with fewer gaps between "big" increases in power thanks to talents.
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