Lots of comparisons lately between Warhammer Online and World of Warcraft.Â In case the horse isn’t dead yet maybe a few more solid whacks will do the trick.
I found a link to a blog and site I’ve never seen before that recently interviewed Josh Drescher.Â The interview is phenomenal.Â I tip my hat to whoever wrote the questions.Â Alright, on to the goods.Â Josh was asked a Warcraft related question:Â “WoW’s universe has expanded a great deal over the last few years, largely in an effort to deliver new content. Isn’t there a risk that WAR might look, at first glance, like WoW was several years ago in terms of its fantasy setting?”Â Josh’s response made me chuckle because he was very direct and didn’t skirt around pointing out the very obvious differences.
Josh Drescher: “Not really. If you look at anything more than static screenshots of some of the characters, then the similarities between the WAR and WoW universe break down quite quickly. The WoW universe is more of your kind of standard largely benevolent fantasy hippy playground, there are no legitimate bad guys, there are just misunderstood noble savages. Even the zombies that are running around the game are these comic zombies, not authentically horrific creatures. The WAR universe is actually very grim and dark, even though there’s humor in it. Our bad guys are authentically bad – they’re not misunderstood; they didn’t just have a rough time growing up – they really are bad people and they do genuinely bad things. So in terms of the lowest possible level of aesthetic there’s a real divergence between these two properties. The WoW universe is more about modern pop references randomly pressed into a generic fantasy environment, whereas the WAR universe has always been a European-minded political and social satire layered into a relatively involved and multi-layered fantasy environment.“
Although this is a Producer of Warhammer Online making these comparisons and this should be taken as totally bias, Josh makes a few very good points in the last sentence.Â WoW is more about modern pop references that set it apart or rather make it different from WAR.Â The differences continue to come into focus.Â It needs to be said that there is nothing wrong with the WoW universe being blended with modern pop culture just as there is nothing wrong with WAR being a more European minded political and social satire. Â It comes down to what you, the player, want in a game. Â I’ve had enough Mr. T to last me a lifetime.
Look for the rest of their interview on Monday.Â Should be pretty good.