I wrote to Zwift and received this prompt and polite reply:
"We currently do not have a timeline for implementation for world choice. We do actively listen and take into consideration our subscriber’s comments, concerns, and requests.
The implementations of world choice is a daunting task in its own. From my own experience at Blizzard and Microsoft, this entails expansion of server infrastructure. For each world, there requires a need for a separate server to run them each simultaneously.
The other focus here is worldwide stability. We are needing to expand our servers to help improve stability worldwide. With running one server for Zwift, other Zwifters can suffer from poor latency when coupled with poor internet connectivity in their regions, which is another big focus.
Another request from our members that we took to heart was the request for another world to ride. We have implemented Innsbruck.
I completely understand your position on this. In the meantime, some members in the community have found a workaround to let them ride the world that they prefer. While this is not supported or endorsed by Zwift, it is a possible option for now.
If you would like to revert back to riding on the course schedule or run into any issues, you can simply delete the prefs.xml file and another one will be automatically generated."
Basically, we’re screwed. They do not intend to implement world choice at any point in the near future, despite there being a definite need and desire for it, and despite past comments (on Zwiftcast, if I remember correctly?) saying it would happen when there were x amount of subscribers or whatever.
Not having any technical expertise, I don’t understand what’s so different about the workaround vs needing more servers? If the workaround works then why not just implement that? Maybe it’s because the workaround only works when most riders are on the actual map and only a few are on hacked maps?
Maybe if everyone started using the workaround they’d start to listen? Kinda crazy that we’ve been asking for this for so long, and they’re all, “Weeeeell…how about no. But hey, not to worry, we’re going to raise fees while not providing what our subscribers want. How does that sound?”
Sigh. While I appreciate their quick reply - which appeared to be personal and not a form reply - I’m still really quite ticked.