Oh, on this we can agree. I was making a joking comment, half-directed at gyor, about removing the Forgotten Realms because I find it distasteful. I too, as a 4E fan, like the 4E iteration of the FR. I can see why my post may have caused some confusion, especially because of the way it was phrased.Sure. It would also require a parent company willing to bleed millions on a game that ignores its most popular setting property.
Personally, I'm all for killing the Realms as we know it. I just have no faith that WotC would ever try that again. They seem to blame quite a bit of the financial failure of 4e on the changes to the Realms. I'd disagree: I think a number of things, not all within their control caused the problems; chief of them wrong timing. It was caught between the era of pen and paper and the era of VTT and Twitch and functional online resources. Bad hands, and they didn't play well. Loved it, but have to reflect on the poor marketing choices that propped up a niche audience (me and my friends, and people like me) over the massive success they've now been able to break through to.
So as much as I'd love the change in focus, I KNOW that we'll keep coming back to FR.
Wildmount though. This is a crunchy, savoury setting. I'd be happy playing in this sandbox for a while.