Another Warcraft RTS?
recently put up a
in the Randomness forum which asked if Blizzard was planning on a fourth real time strategy (RTS) in the Warcraft series. I quickly drafted a reply after reading through the others, then realized this would make great blogging material! The question I sought to answer was: how exactly is Blizzard going to create another RTS game, and still fit it into the Warcraft universe and timeline?
After some thought, I was able to come up with five possibilities.
They could create an RTS based on, say, the first three or four
expansions of WoW
. Warcraft V could be an RTS based on the next three. You see where I'm going with this, of course.
They may build a
prequel to WoW
— say, the War of the Ancients, or any of the 10,000 years between then and present.
Blizzard could restrict the
current workings of WoW
and continue on from where they are presently with an RTS. This is the least likely, since WoW is so popular, and it seems unlikely that they would cut off progression in WoW to facilitate the creation of a new, unproven game. Making more expansions for WoW is also more cost-effective, since they don't really have to make a completely new game (a new expansion, but that's just adding to the code for the current WoW, rather than coding a new engine and such).
It could be in the
far, far future
and having nothing to do with the current timeline. This is probably the second least likely, as it spoils the current timeline for us. :)
It would be set on
with other races; a Warcraft IV could explore the titans or the nathrezim or what not. This seems unlikely in the perspective that Blizzard probably shouldn't abandon the races we already know and love (and we all love the night elves, don't we???), but otherwise, could work.
There's a lot of ways to construct new stories into the Warcraft timeline, with so much to work with.
How would you do it?
How do you bring in a new, linear, character driven story into the Warcraft universe without interfering the expansion of the MMO storyline at the same time?
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