On the Future of Ingame Books

Published by Brunold on Di, 06/28/2016 - 11:56 in
Screenshot of the Hall of Explorers in Ironforge

Apparently I should be upset about Activision-Blizzard taking back control over their games today. In comparing schedules I found out I was supposed to be that every day, found that to be lacking in creativity, and moved on. Instead of making noise, I am going to talk about ingame lore books and them contradicting newly-canonised lore.

Some of you will remember them from seeing them on a table in Ironforge's Hall of Explorers or stumbling upon them in places like the Scarlet Monastery and Scholomance, if their content was of a darker kind. For a long time they were useful for informing the player about the world she just entered and also gave her a nice insight into the kind of lecture Azerothians appear to read. But as of Warcraft: Chronicle vol. 1, their current state is questionable. They clearly contradict now-established lore which makes for two possible scenarios:

  1. They're outdated, plain and simple, and thus should get removed or replaced as soon as possible so new players won't get confused by said contradictions or – which is worse – demotivated to follow the plot.
  2.  They're Azeroth's history as far as it is known to its inhabitants, in which case there should be a quest line to highlight this. Preferably it should get mentioned whenever one of these contradictions gets discovered in Legion (or in upcoming expansions, and in a manner that doesn't feel forced).

In the long run, I'd like to see not only additional books ingame dealing with those new discoveries (discoveries from Wrath or Cataclysm included), but also books which go beyond history and deal with aspects of magic, the balance of elements, or maybe religion. However, I'm well aware that there are many tadest to please in this game and that last remark is merely a passion of mine.


PS: Yes, among my first pursued achievements were "3,000 Quests Completed“ and "Well Read“. I have nothing to lose anyway. ^^