Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Western Massachusetts, USA
I agree with you totally. I think GW recognises the success of 30k and it's relation to 40k, and thought that fantasy needed the same depth. As awesome and beloved as the Old and New Worlds were and are, they don't really have the internal history that 40k has. Our reality has many major and cataclysmic events in it's past: The rampage and domination of the Huns, Alexander the Great's Empire, the Roman Empire, the birth and execution of Christ, The Revolutionary War, the two World Wars, MAJOR, AMAZING AND WORLD SHAPING EVENTS, 40k has the Horus Heresy, but Fantasy doesn't really have much of that, oh wait, now it does, The End Times.
If you ask me, maybe someone at GW hopes that 20 years from now, players look back at the End Times the same way we look back at the Horus Heresy, and actually feel it's presence in the lore's history.
disclaimor: I am not saying that Fantasy has zero momentous events, it just lacks a majorly defining and world defining event the same way 40k has the Horus Heresy.