Muad'Dib of the Anauroch
Why should old timers be punished for loving their settings the way they always have and not wanting to see them nuked ?. . .
More importantly, why not publish a genuinely original, brand-new built up to speed, specially designed new world ? with all the new cool bells and whistles already built in ? . . .
No seriously : if you shoehorn 4e on an old setting you will probably alienate the old fans, unless this is done exceptionally well, and I don't trust WOTC to deliver this after seeing the 4e Realms. (Check the reactions).
Point #1: The setting is only "nuked" if you nuke it in your campaign. If you don't like the changes, then don't use them. If you say it didn't happen in your campaign, then it didn't happen.
Point #2: As much as that article was misrepresented and misquoted in previous posts, it was said that there would be new 4E settings, and not only redo's of older ones.
Quote: "The model described above will be used every year, and we'll focus on a different campaign setting. Next year, we'll give this treatment to Eberron. After that? Well, we'll be exploring the best worlds from our vault, as well as creating new worlds as warranted." - Bill Slavicsek - "Ampersand" Dragon issue 363
Point #3: Seriously, how does this "alienate" old fans. If they didn't print anything new for your favorite campaign world, you won't buy any new material. If they print something new that you don't like, you won't buy any new material. It's a case of no harm, no foul. People who like the new material will buy it, people who don't, won't. I'm sure some of them will be old fans, and more importantly, some of them will be new fans, which, I'm sure, is exactly what they want.
Point #4: What is so seriously wrong with the 4E Realms? What did they do to the Realms that is so irrevocable, that no-one can change it to their personal flavor in their game? If you don't like that Khelban is dead - poof, Kehlban is alive in your game. If you don't like Dragonborn in FR - poof, there country doesn't exist and the old country is back. If you don't like the Spellplague - poof, never happened. If you don't like returned Abier - poof, Anchorhome and Maztica are right back where you left them. Why is this such a big deal?