Blizzard strangles own head to grow new disembodied one. Old one left in place to wither away on it's abandoned body.
Off a newsgroup posting:
> I finally did the grinding needed for that last half-level and my warrior hit 58 tonight. As I understand it, I can now walk through some portal.
> Where is that portal?
That's right. Why on earth is this poster going to spend one hour in the formerly 58-60 areas, and in the 60 end-game content? Why? You'd have to be an idiot, farming, or a farmer, to do so.
Killing some Fel Orcs in the minutes after this person has stepped through the portal will result in gear better than 95% of the player base found in the old world. Getting to 65-66 will find him being able to have replaced Tier 1 gear, had he ever gotten it. (However, his Warrior is in for a bit of a shock since most plate armor quest rewards have +Int and +Healing on them. He'll have to make friends with the Sporeggar before he picks a new shield up.)
Gone are the reasons to go to BRD, LBRS, UBRS, or Molten Core. Gone is the reason to go work for Argent Dawn and go to Stratholme and Scholomance. The entire 58-60 game content has been eliminated as any value to the average World of Warcraft player. Replaced by seven zones in the Outlands.
Blizzard is most likely spending a lot of it's time now developing content for the smallest fraction of it's players. Pretty soon, maybe I'm just an optimist here, but I think Blizzard will be spending all it's time developing content for nobody. 100% of it's effort for 0% of it's players. Imagine the creativity let loose when they don't have actual constraints to worry about! I mean, if you don't need to worry about players not having 30k health and +1000 mana regen/5s, the sky is the limit! They'll knock our socks off (and leave us for dead).
I still love the game. But I'll say it would blow us all away if they spent a little more time developing content for the rest of us too. We aren't all level 70 yet. Some of us, shocking, yes, I know, actually still have characters in the 10-50 range, and like it that way.