Blizzard already has the next WoW expansion planned

As World of Warcraft expansion Wrath of the Lich King has been released, knocking down sales records like they were bowling pins, you would think that the guys over at Blizzard would take some time to relax and watch the coins roll in. Wrong, think again. Not only are they likely to work their asses off with StarCraft II and Diablo III, Blizzard’s Chief Operating Officer Paul Sams has recently stated that they have already decided on WoW’s next expansion.

“Well, we don’t have anything to share on that but the development team has a very long forward look, and they don’t know all the specifics elements of the future, but the general framework is in the heads of the production staff, designers and team members,” Sams said in an interview with PCRetail.

“So they do know where it is going to go, but a lot of specifics they determine along the way,” Sams continued. “We have a lot of creative people on the team and they have no shortage of great ideas – it’s a matter of figuring out the right ideas for each content update or expansion that fits the story that we’re trying to tell. Every time I talk to that group the ideas just keep overflowing, so we feel there’s a lot still to do.”

Sams also confirmed (if that’s possible at this moment) that the WoW expansions won’t be coming to an end any time soon.

“You can count on there being further expansions for World of Warcraft. There’s a passionate group of players that play World of Warcraft and we’re going to continue to support that group for as long as there are a meaningful number of people that want to play it.”

Since the number of WoW players seems to increase exponentially, that meaningful amount of players should be safeguarded for quite some time. To be perfectly honest, we can’t see the demand for new expansions to fade in the graspable future. Blizzard have earlier stated that they know that the end is coming and all we can say is that the date for that ending is probably up to them.