Blizzard to release WoW expansions for foreseeable future, but not forever

Wrath of the Lich King hasn’t been out a full week yet, and already the topic of the next expansion has come up in a recent interview with Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime. Seems a bit soon doesn’t it? It’s not like the game has been beaten yet or anything crazy like that. In the interview, Morhaime returned to the idea of annual expansions for WoW, which was promised after the Burning Crusade expansion released. Sadly that goal was not met with Wrath of the Lich King, missing the year deadline by 10 months.

“Yes, our goal that we’ve talked about is to put out an annual expansion, but we haven’t quite been able to do that,” Morhaime said. “We had one early last year and now we’re sort of late this year, but we do want to decrease the amount of time in between expansions. Although we’ll probably never get it down to a year [between each one] because there’s just so much content.”

Morhaime also notes that while they plan to release WoW expansions for the foreseeable future, they will not go on forever. Its all dependent on how long the player base sticks around. One almost wonders what could possibly come after Arthas? I fully expect some heavy content patches between Wrath of the Lich King and the next expansion, but then what? Emerald Dream? Some new, unforeseen danger lurking in the shadows waiting to move in after the Lich King is defeated? I guess we’ll have to wait to find out. It is nice to know that Blizzard is committed to keeping the game fresh and new, and updated as long as there is a solid player base. If that will be forever or not, is yet to be determined.