For a decade, World of Warcraft has been in uncharted territory—a massively successful game in a genre without an established playbook to follow. Blizzard wasn't just inventing the rules of the game. They were also setting the standard that every other MMO would follow, for better and for worse.

With its biggest update ever still warm from the oven, I had a chance to talk with several developers at Blizzard about the significance of Patch 7.2 . But that conversation inevitably led to game director Ion Hazzikostas and I discussing the future of World of Warcraft—a seemingly novel idea for a game that's almost old enough to start dating.

It's still far too soon to talk concrete details of the next expansion, but Hazzikostas was able to talk about how new philosophies were transforming World of Warcraft as we know it. 

As of 2010, World of Warcraft had more than 12 million monthly subscribers, [1] [ citation needed ] and still holds the Guinness World Record for the world's largest and most popular MMORPG since 2009. [2] It also continues its further story development throughout its franchising, other than online media, such as Warcraft novels , comics , manga , RPG books , TCG , and board games .

For a decade, World of Warcraft has been in uncharted territory—a massively successful game in a genre without an established playbook to follow. Blizzard wasn't just inventing the rules of the game. They were also setting the standard that every other MMO would follow, for better and for worse.

With its biggest update ever still warm from the oven, I had a chance to talk with several developers at Blizzard about the significance of Patch 7.2 . But that conversation inevitably led to game director Ion Hazzikostas and I discussing the future of World of Warcraft—a seemingly novel idea for a game that's almost old enough to start dating.

It's still far too soon to talk concrete details of the next expansion, but Hazzikostas was able to talk about how new philosophies were transforming World of Warcraft as we know it. 

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