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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

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WoW: Graphics Upgrades A Possibility?
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

WorldofWar.net recently examined the possibility of Blizzard Entertainment introducing graphical upgrades for it's now three year old MMO powerhouse, World of Warcraft. Quoting a Blizzard representative, WoW.net concludes that changes to the graphics engine are unlikely to happen soon, as the company is interested in keeping the game available to as many players as possible.

WoW has been around for 3 years now, and in that time computer games' graphical capabilities have soared, while the appearance of WoW has remained the same. Surely, with all the money Blizzard rake in, they could afford to improve the graphics engine. Users on the US WoW forums asked the questions: Why haven't they done it? Could Blizzard make the gameplay like the amazing WoW cinematics?

Nethaera commented :
Could we? Most likely so. But that would mean limiting who could play the game. We also enjoy the style that we have and while we continue to make improvements, want to be very careful in how we go about doing it so that we can allow people to play without the need of needing to do massive upgrades.

Blizzard have always stated that they want WoW to be accessible by as many players as possible - not just the ones with top-end machines. Keeping the system requirements relatively low means players can continue to play on mediocre computers and laptops. However, if you do happen to have a mighty super computer with all the bells and whistles, WoW will look and play a lot better, so players do benefit from having hardware that packs a punch.
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