I could easily imagine that if Jaina were made an aspect, she's swept away immediately on an important mission, leaving Thermore behind. Essentially taking her away from WOTLK now and shelving her for future content/expansion. A quick scenario could be: Jaina is immediately sent on assignment to investigate mysterious energies growing in the Maelstrom (coughs-tombofsargeras-cough). Players in WOTLK will know something is up, but of course we won't get the chance to experience it until we venture there ourselves.
I was a little dissappointed the Metzen interview didn't get any new information regarding the Titans and their presumed re-visitation.
Except Metzen shot that down pretty clearly in this interview...
Actually, from what I understand Metzen said no to another flight leading the blues which would also imply that a blue would lead it.
Medievaldragon: Now that Malygos is dead, will there be a new Aspect of Magic (such as Kalecgos); or is that position gone forever? Could a dragon of another flight become the magic aspect… temporarily… for example: Krasus… who is an Archmage?
Metzen: I would say to question A: (slowly motions with his lips toward the poster of the World of Warcraft: Arthas book).
What role does Kalecgos have, if any, in the WoW: Arthas book?
He might not play any roll, what Metzen was implying was that you might find the answer to who or what will become the next Aspect of Magic in the WoW: Arthas book, and that Krasus somebody from another flight could not necessarily become a temporary Aspect of Magic.
What is the most important thing to you? Won't you grant me the pleasure of taking it away.
For anyone who's read Night of the Dragon, while we are on the subject of Arthas - what do you make of the "preview" of the book at the end?
In specific, the dialogue between Matthias Lehner and Ner'zhul where they seem to be fighting over who will ultimately control the actions of the Lich King?
I have not read night of the dragon but I was able to read the preview from a link that was provided earelier in this thread.
I have to admit I was stronly in the camp of "Arthas will not be Redeemd" and after reading this it definitely made pull back that judement a bit. I am quite excited for the book to come out especially after reading the interview with Metzen.
I don't think that this was specified anywhere... safest bet would be to assume that jaina's mother simply is some noblewoman of Kul Tiras. as far as i can remember, in none of the "official" blizzard games or publishings any mother has been mentioned.
I don't know if I'm reading too much into that, I'm sure there are many lore characters, important and unimportant that don't have their full pedigree fleshed out, but it would be very convenient for Blizzard to be able to fill in any connection to the Tirisfalen if they decide to take that route. Some would probably say too convenient, but it is an aspect of Jaina's character that can be altered to fit their needs without retconning anything.
I wouldn't be surprised if she was somehow related to Arthas (though not blood related, as they were intimate at some point I seem to recall), perhaps her aunt was married into the Lordaeron peerage.
The very next expansion may very well be the last.
Now consider that they have said (during Blizzcon) that they're working on their next MMO already, but we wouldn't hear about it for some time. But they had enough people working on it for them to use an entire building. So it's bigger than a small team setting up the project. Say, they're were working on it for a year already, maybe two. What is the development time for a MMO? 5 years? Add a few months between Blizzcon and Wrath's launch, and 2 expansions (Wrath + next) of ~20 months each and you're looking at that amount of time.
In 3 years WoW is 7 years old. About time for something new. And they know very well that their next MMO will be WoW's killer. Sure, they'll keep 2-3 million players, but the pressure will be on the new big thing. They'll keep patching and adding stuff, but an expansion as big as TBC or Wrath? I doubt it.
Look at UO - it's like 11 years old, had like 8 expansions (out of which atleast T3D, AOS, SE and ML were on the scale of BC/WOTLK), 2 complete client rewrites (which both were a failure - the prehistoric 2d client is still the most popular) , and is still alive and kicking (and profitable), with estimated 100k subscriptions (no official numbers) with another major expansion (also on the scale of WOTLK) and yet another client rewrite being in active development (actually there are reports of EA/Mythic moving developers form WAR to UO crew rescently).
Thinking that blizzard would let rot a 11mil subscriber MMO (or even a 2-3mil one) is just stupid.