I figure they were going to blow everything up anyway. They wanted factions that were more GW unique and less generic, to give WHFB a more identifiable brand rather than generic orcs, elves, dwarves, humans etc. Hence the new Sigmarites faction that is rumoured.
So if they're going to completely reboot and rebuild the background, how do they do it without alienating all the existing players? Even GW is smart enough to know that without a solid player base, it's much harder to get new people to commit to buying armies. If everyone dumped their armies en mass with the release of 9th edition, it would be the end of WHFB altogether and that's not what GW wants.
So how to retain the older players and reboot the game so that it can continue into the future?
Make the reboot into an enjoyable event that players can get behind and support.
Now, I'm still upset that they blew up the old world. But I'd be much more upset if they did it without some kind of end times support. If they just blew it up in a footnote in the 9th edition rulebook, or never even bothered to mention it at all and just started with a new world altogether.
Agreed. That's why I think mass battle games will be a thing of the past and the new 'standard' game will be some kind of skirmish game.
I only started playing in 8th but the impression I got from older games, was previous editions were still mass battle but used much lower model counts than we see now, is there any reason gw couldn't be going back to the idea of those smaller model count editions, while changing the rules of 8 th to make the game more compatible with a smaller model count?
All we kind of know based on reliable rumor sources, it's that are of sigmar is a intro skirmish game, and later there will be a rule book for larger games, and it won't be the size of current war hammer, that doesn't mean we wont see a smaller masses battle game. Other wise why mention that sigmar is a skirmish game, if the entire game system is skirmish based.
If the play test rumor is true than 2000 points would be around 80 warriors of chaos models, and 120 at 3000