So… as many are here, I am quite intrigued by how much more of an RPG WoW Classic was. Wand while it is improbable, it isn’t impossible that there might be new Classic-content after Naxxramas in the future.
Since this new content would only make sense, if the principle behind it is notably different from retail, let us assume that they’d try to stick to the Classic experience as closely as possible, and since we are just speculating, let us assume that the writers set on the tast would be competent enough, no matter how improbable you might think that is.
So I’ll assume here that they would try to go for a much stronger focus on RPG elements, make the story more a peripheral thing, experienced through the eyes of the adventurer, and not something that really happens outside of the playable stuff. I’d also expect them to stick closer to their genre, leave the mediveal-ish cultures as mediveal as they are and keep up most of the cosmic stuff. Classic is much more “down to earth”, and it would make mcuh sense to keep it that way, if you already have retail to go nuts with that.
With that out of the way, here is my question:
How would you like a Classic+ – story that follows the described model to develop?
Note that much of the stuff that happened in the Chronicles wouldn’t have to be canon here, for example, Draenei wouldn’t have to be alien spacefarers.
To make it a bit easier I’ll give a very short rundown of the situation at the end of Naxx:
The world is permanently on the defensive. The ravages of the Third War are still keeping the factions occupied, and since then it hasn’t become calmer. Especially the Quirai and the Scourge were a direct threat to the capital cities themselves, and could only be narrowly fought back, mostly by cutting the heads off their operations. No one has troops to spare for anything, so heroes like the player are many places’ only hope. Even minor threats are free to roam and become bigger problems.
All the while Stormwind’s King has been abducted by the Defias, who essentially want a revolution against the corrupt Stormwind. And corrupt it is. Lady Onyxia was at the very side of the young Prince, making policies together with the House of Nobles. And while Onyxia might have fallen, the House is still there, and there is no real King to oppose them.
For the dwarves, the daughter of the King is now in the hands of their hated enemy. Even worse, it’s by choice! Not only that, but with the defeat of Ragnaros there might be big change coming for the Dark Iron, but is Khaz Modan ready for it?
All the while the gnomish efforts mostly focus on freeing their home city and healing their people.
I’ll leave it to others to summarize the situation for the Night Elves and the Horde, since I am not as familiar with that, but it doesn’t look good for anybody.
The factions themselves are not at war, but perfectly willing to scrimish over anything or nothing.
And the dark threat of the Lich King still looms large in the North, while demons from the Nether still try to enter Azeroth to destroy everything…
The Dragon Aspects still have their power, and Deathwing, known as a master manipulator, is still out there somewhere after his last defeat.
Quel’Thalas is assumed fallen, with the surviving Elves suffering from the loss of the Sunwell and finding shelter within the Alliance, or, more commonly, in Outland with their Prince.
Most of the plots within Classic have been taken up in retail, but how would you go about retelling a new version of this story?