In an interview with EuroGamer, World of Warcraft producer J. Allen Brack stated that eventually there will “probably” be an graphical update for WOW.
“Will we need a graphical update from the ground up at some point? Yep, probably. And I’m positive we’ll talk about it next expansion”
With the successful graphical revamp Eve Online pulled off back in Dec with their Trinity Expansion, it’s no surprise to see more and more MMOs taking this path. Other games such as Ultima Online and EverQuest have also done graphical upgrades to their games, but with mediocre results.
Personally I’d much rather the MMO I’m playing do a graphical update then release a sequel that basically makes everyone start from scratch.