[Eurogamer] had an interview with J. Allen Brack to chat about the good, the bad and the ugly with the upcoming WoW expansion. One thing of interest was the comment:
“Will we need a graphical update from the ground up at some point? Yep, probably.”
He also went on to say:
“That’s actually something we talk about every expansion, I’m positive we’ll talk about it next expansion.”
However it must be pointed out that graphic overhauls don’t always work. People will either not like the new client and/or find out the old client gave faster frame rates than the new one.
“A lot of people continued to play with the original client, because it was faster, or they preferred it, or were just used to it or whatever,” he said. “And so for me as a game developer, the idea that we would spend so much time and energy on something and have people go, ‘meh, that’s not really for me,’ that’s not very exciting.”