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World of Warcraft lost another 300,000 Subscribers last quarter, Patch 4.3 this year
Activision Blizzard latest earning call revealed that World of Warcraft lost another 300,000 subscribers last quarter, following the loss of 600k subscribers announced last quarter.

In this conference call we also learned that:


  • The next patch will include "major raid and dungeon content", we can most likely expect a raid and a 5-man from Patch 4.3
  • Patch 4.3 will be the "largest content update since Cataclysm"
  • It will be released later this year, which means that we can probably expect a PTR soon.

It's also worth noting that despite the loss of players, Mike Morhaime pointed out that the new trial system resulted in an increase in new account creations. For more details on the earning call, go check the coverage on sites such as Venturebeat or Gamasutra.


BlizzCon 2011 Virtual Ticket Now On Sale
The Blizzcon virtual ticket is now available, it seems that some people already got their Murkablo Companion Pet by buying the ticket early. (See this forum thread. However, this is most likely a bug and pets might be removed very soon.



Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Want to experience the panel discussions, tournaments, game-related announcements, and all the excitement of BlizzCon 2011 from the comfort of your own home? Then be sure to check out the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket!

The BlizzCon 2011 Virtual Ticket is now available for purchase around the world for $39.99 USD (pricing may vary by region). Virtual Ticket coverage will be available as a multi-channel Internet stream and also via Pay Per View on DIRECTV in the United States, granting viewers a front-row seat to all of the action on the show floor including exclusive interviews, demos, and more!

New DIRECTV subscribers in the United States who sign up for DIRECTV service between now and September 25 through www.directv.com/blizzcon will receive this year's BlizzCon Virtual Ticket coverage for free. Existing DIRECTV customers will be able to purchase the event on DIRECTV Pay Per View for $39.99 beginning Monday, October 10. Visit www.directv.com/blizzcon for more info.

DIRECTV customers who order the Pay Per View event through DIRECTV will receive the multi-channel Internet stream at no extra charge, and those who order the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket will also receive this year’s to-be-announced BlizzCon-exclusive World of Warcraft and StarCraft II in-game items.

Don't miss out! To learn more about the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, head on over to our official BlizzCon 2011 Live Stream page or read the FAQ.

Cenarion Hatchling Raises More Than $1.9 Million for Japan Earthquake Relief
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of World of Warcraft players around the world who purchased the Cenarion Hatchling pet, we’ve raised a total of more than $1.9 million USD to support the ongoing earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan. In May, we announced that for every Cenarion Hatchling purchased by July 31, 2011, 100% of the $10 USD adoption fee would be going to assist victims of this disaster -- and the community responded by opening up their hearts and wallets wide. Thanks again for your support and for helping to make an impact on the lives of those affected by these events.

To learn more about the Pet Store, please visit the Pet Store FAQ.

Diablo III Beta Profile Update
Originally Posted by Zarhym (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The beta test approaches! We’ve just updated our System Check program and would like everyone to update their Battle.net Beta Profile information by running the new one. You should do this regardless of whether there have been hardware changes made to your system.

You can run the new System Check by visiting the Beta Profile settings of your Battle.net account:

https://www.battle.net/account/manag...a-profile.html

I don’t have a Beta Profile
If you haven’t yet created a Beta Profile on your Battle.net account you’ll be presented with two download options, PC and Mac, for our System Check program. Running the program will present you with the Beta Test Opt-In Agreement, and once you agree to that it will immediately query basic computer specification information such as your type of video card, processor, and RAM. Clicking the Send button will then upload the shown information to your account.

On your Beta Profile page, you’ll want to ensure you at least have “Diablo Universe” checked for future testing, if not StarCraft and Warcraft as well. That’s it! You’re now eligible for future beta test opportunities.

I have a Beta Profile
If you’ve previously uploaded your system info you should use the links to download the new System Check program for PC or Mac and update your system info. Run the program, read through the Beta Test Opt-In Agreement that appears, and once you agree to that the program will immediately query your basic computer specification information. Click Send and the program will automatically update your profile with your system specifications. You’ll remain opted in for whichever beta tests you’ve previously selected, and you can change these selections on your Beta Profile page at any time.

Having current system specifications and checking the franchise boxes to express interest in beta testing our future products does not guarantee your entry into the beta test. We will grant a very limited number of people entry from the entire pool of those interested, based on their system specifications and other factors. While having an official Battle.net Beta Profile is one way to potentially get in, we’ll have information on other ways to increase your chances as we draw closer to the beta test.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Lack of Blue Posts / "Where are the Blues?"
The whole team is here today. We're actively reading the forums whenever we can while working on other tasks. :)(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Repair costs too expensive?
Repair costs have always scaled with item level. If anything, I'd say this game has a burden of too much gold out in the economy, rather than too little. 4 deaths in 1 5-player Heroic dungeon run is well above what you should expect as an average, and 100 gold is pretty easy to come by at level 85. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

New Warcraft Fan Art
The Blizzard Fan Art Section has been updated with five new pieces of fan artwork set within the Warcraft universe.




"The Raid" Livestream on August 6th @ 6:00PM PST
Blue Loon Films, the studio behind the upcoming World of Warcraft documentary, The Raid, has announced that the live stream of their film will take place on August 6th.

The Raid follows a guild over the course of a few months and features a host of content including in-game and at-home interviews with the players.

To celebrate the release of the film, TypeFrag will be giving away:


  • 1 desktop PC by Doghouse Systems
  • 5 high-end gaming headsets
  • 25, 25-person Ventrilo servers

The PC features an Intel i5 Quad-Core CPU, Windows 7 64-bit, 1TB HDD, 4GB RAM, 2 NVIDIA GTX 460 PCI-E video cards and more!

The live stream of The Raid will take place on August 6th at 6:00PM (PST) and is brought to you in part by TypeFrag, Gamebreaker.tv and Curse!

This article was originally published in forum thread: WoW Lost 300k Subscribers, Patch 4.3 this year, Blizzcon 2011 Tickets, Blue Posts started by Boubouille View original post
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  1. phai's Avatar
    It's not even the season that made the subscribers drop I think. I'm somehow happy that WoW lost subscribers aswell.
    WoW just lost it's class a bit since WotLK. No, to be honest, ever since the end of BC.

    Blizzard states that it's the players that are better than ever because we know the game better, but what about the hundreds of implementations and nerfs that made the content itself so easy? So overwhelmingly boring? What about the interface possibilities that we have today? What about the homogenization that rules the classes these days?

    I'm not wearing any pink glasses or anything, I just remember that WoW had it's most exciting time back in the day. When you were okay with the fact that you own some good blue gear (which was the majority of gear available) and only the real freaks who spent hours each day would have some epics at least, even if they were just the upgraded blues. No matter if groups had to be found in cities for hours, or if you had to manually search for a tank - it made the server feel like a community. You looked up to guilds or looked up to players with way cooler gear than you had, EVEN THOUGH he only had his dungeon set completed and managed to exchange some pieces to it's epic upgrades via the long long quests.

    We don't have restrictions anymore. Restrictions based on distance to an instance, restrictions based on time to spend for an instance for a full run. We don't have a real server community anymore, because you don't even have to care about anyone else. All you do is log in, queue for an instance or BG and let it pop. Join, quickly rush through, don't even share a single word or sentence, get the piece you want and leave again, to find yourself in a city that is so crowded, yet so empty.

    What happened to the people that duelled in front of Orgrimmar? What happened to the never ending crowd in Ironforge? What happened to the feeling of adventure when you headed into an instance? What happened to bosses like Archaedes, where your group disbanded in joy because he was just too hard? You still felt that you achieved something.

    What happened?

    I know, it's normal, and I'm forgetting a lot of the bad things back then. But let's be honest - this doesn't excludes the fact that the game lost a big big part of it's overwhelming size.
  1. Omega10's Avatar
    "on my server they're pugging heroic FL already."

    How far into heroic FL are pugs getting?

    On my server, people are pugging ICC, and some are even pugging HEROIC ICC.

    A random BWD pug now and again, but mostly its ICC and Ulduar.

    There is obviously a HUGE difference between your server,where heroic FL bosses are apparently facreroll easy,
    and mine, where pugs are not even 12/12 on the first Cata tier of raids.
  1. Celltrex's Avatar
    And I am one of those,to be honest. No game in which you must wait 30 minutes in a city to enter a dungeon is fun. I miss TBC and the early days of WoTLK.
  1. biozou's Avatar
    everything that has a beginning has an end neo i mean blizzard
  1. FiL134's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Beyond2 View Post
    It makes me happy to see more people leaving the game. As sick and twisted as that sounds, maybe blizzard will wake the fuck up and make tier accessible to non-raiders like it was in WotLK. Or at least give casuals something to do with rewards that aren't recolored rehashed shit, while raiders get all the new shinies. The new quest zone was a joke; I saw the rewards, I saw how little they value their casual players. "Just give em recolored rares, they'll eat it up. toss in a recolored mount too for kicks" No thank you blizzard, my money will go elsewhere. Make your game casual friendly like it was in WotLK and we'll talk about me re-subbing. If it takes another 1,100,000 people to leave to make a round two million, I hope blizzard it will get blizzard to fix their shit. I want to play WoW, but not in an environment where I have no hope for obtaining an armor set unless I'm a hardcore raider.
    rofl..How much more 'casual friendly' can this game get, than it is already? Seriously...
  1. Bahska's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rowrin View Post
    I really dont think it is all that surprising. If you look at it, Wotlk statistically was the best time in wow, when the subscriber population peaked at around 12 mill. Something in wotlk raised the player "population cap" of wow. That said, cataclysm was suppose to bring back a burning crusade / vanilla feel to the game. By the looks of it, the game is easing back into Burning crusade / pre-early wotlk levels.
    You know why it peaked? Cause they released in china not because the US got more subs or because it was a good expansion.
  1. noaim's Avatar
    "Patch 4.3 will be the "largest content update since Cataclysm"Sounds impressive, but really all that is required for that to be true is a raid with 8 bosses.
  1. MrShapatsky's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by planetchips View Post
    What amazes me are the people who quit, but still hang around like a vulture, as if they have nothing better to do with their pathetic lives except gripe about a past hobby.
    I used to love the game and played it from beta up to wotlk. News about the game still has a news value to me and that is not strange at all. People read news everyday, lots of news every day, that they have not the slightest thing to do with, it's happening right now, everywhere. If anyone asks me what the greatest game i played is i would say World of WarCraft without a hesitation.

    Blizzard gave us a game and the players created a life style. But right now, they are on the 7th year(?) of doing the same thing over and over again. History repeats itself. It's new content, new 5 mans, new raids, number tweaks, new cosmetics but under the hood stuff hasn't really changed at all. I would say that after they implemented arenas i TBC, nothing new and innovative has been added to the game. The game needs a new and exciting game mechanic that kinda gets the same recognition as raids, bgs, arenas. If you really look at all the content that has been added over the years, so much of it is just new cosmetics and number tweaks and it's fucking dumb. And i choosed to comment it, because i feel like to few really questions what's really going on in the game. People say they want harder content or easier content, is that what the game is about? Numbers and different numbers? The community should ask for more game mechanics, innovative stuff. Don't buy the cheap stuff Blizzard sells, after all you are paying a lot of resources into the game, time and money.

    I see a lot of comments also about people only playing because of the friends they have, you know what, if you need the game to glue your friendship together how good of friends are you really then? I'm still in contact with a lot of friends i gained from WoW but i also realized that some of the players i thought i was friends with was nothing but dead weight.

    TL;DR version:
    Be smart
  1. LolToon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ranikotar View Post
    Oh and me having a near full heroic t11 set makes me a hardcore raider? Not really. Oh and why the need for the best raid gear obtainable if all it's used for is doing 5 mans?
    In WotLK it took until nearly the end of the game, but I was finally able to get gear that I was denied for not being in a big guild OR being shunned from pugs because I didn't have the LOLACHIEVES or I was unfortunately the wrong class/spec choice at the time and would refuse to change just because idiots didn't understand I knew how to play my class and or spec.

    So being able to slowly grind heroics for my gear, made my day. Somewhat.


    Oh sure people whine that heroics were to easy, but really, I didn't queue up for a heroic to spend 3 hours in a wipe fest, with undergeared healers or tanks or dps in dps kit thinking they could tank... I spent my money for something to kill time while my friends are offline.

    But now? As one of those people who left and you were chortling about?

    Well lets see; Dungeons are a pain in the ass to pug. Even the satchel doesn't offer much reward incentive for me. I received so much abuse on my healers I stopped healing pugs and turned to PVP. Where abuse was less actually than pugs and omgasp, actually reportable!

    On my DPS, I got tired of not being healed by lazy healers who didn't understand the concept that if you have nearly full mana bar, and dps takes unavoidable damage, please use something cheap and easy to keep my ass from scrubbing the ground.

    And my tanks OH LORD NO.My DK and my Pally and my War are now HIDING THAT SPEC. FOREVER.

    So that scratches dungeons, raiding and etc from my game time! What's left!

    Dailies and PVP! Dailies. Yeah.

    I did Dailies for TBC. So fun.

    I did Dailies for WotLK. So. Much. Fun.

    Blizz: Hey we're gonna design some poorly thought out dailies that will glitch and crash and not work properly, for all you casuals. And for all those with hunters, we threw in pets that will be continually raped/ganked while you tame them, whoo hoo!

    So needless to say I was less than thrilled, so I turned exclusively to pvp. And even then? It's not fun. No it really isn't. I want to do more than log on, spend an hour killing people on my hunters or out healing people on my druid as they rage face and nerd rage over how they can't kill me. WoW is hardly fun anymore.

    Oh and RealID LFD. Paying for two features that are free otherwise? Yeah. No. Fuck that, fuck the premium.

    Oh, but wait, you know what really drove me off finally?

    The stupid. Retarded. PoS GM's I kept getting recently. Either not being able to speak english when it is clearly what I write fluently and only in. Not being able to grasp the concept of I could mean something entirely different so shut the fuck up about whining about people who were being abused by past LFD kicking systems or how I am basically told that I can be sexually harassed, insulted, attacked, griefed and otherwise verbally abused in pugs, from a blue, because LOL L2IGNORE and L2DROP GROUP.

    Yeah that's a real reason to continue playing wow, isn't it?
  1. planetchips's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Parhelia View Post
    What a pathetically stupid remark.
    I quit the game because I don't have time to play, but I'm still interested in it. I follow the game news, patches, I watch boss movies etc. I have every right to have an opinion, as does MrShapatsky, whose comment you ridiculed.
    Can you get such a concept through your brain?
    Reread MrShapatsky's comment you twit. Can you get that through your brain?

    He was clearly mocking and prancing on his high horse.
  1. Dad's Avatar
    The Harder you work for something, the more you "like it".WoW before was rly hard, and you were proud of every gear piece and item you has..now you can reach in couple of days without any bigger problem anything you want and that is decreasing value of those things.. Thats why WoW is losing subscribers, they aint proud of their characters, they aint proud of what they have done, cuz it was too easy..
  1. Vehemence's Avatar
    I told you so.
  1. Isolyphic's Avatar
    I'm one of those 300k, sorry to say, but WoW has litterally gotten quite bad. Don't get me wrong, I miss playing the game, but I'm not going to subscribe for something I'm not going to play. o.o;
  1. Kobomino's Avatar
    War of the Anicents raid and 5-man AQ with Cho'gall summoning C'Thun, saying 'Bastion of Twilight was merely a setback!' You've heard it here first.
  1. Fool's Avatar
    great news, and the fact that despite losing subscribers they increased their revenue is hilarious, more microtransactions please!
  1. Vulpei's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Celltrex View Post
    And I am one of those,to be honest. No game in which you must wait 30 minutes in a city to enter a dungeon is fun. I miss TBC and the early days of WoTLK.
    Yeah, spamming LFG fir an hour and a half looking for a group while waiting in a city was much more fun. Atleast now you could go out and grind rep or something while waiting instead of hitting a macro once every few minutes, then having to armory the person to make sure they weren't in greens because you couldn't just faceroll with Luck of the Draw.

    So much more awesome back then.
  1. Orthodox's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tokurei View Post
    "Gee blizz,, you think maybe I could get a complete tier set including trinkets and a pretty looking weapon? Oh and I don't really want to do any work at all for it. Also the shit you provide me in dungeons looks like shit! I want to be pretty!"I really don't see what else you're complaining about.Although I will admit a return of d sets would be fine. Hell yeah d2.
    no. this is how blood elfs (high elves of silvermoon city) looked like before they were forced to use fel magic.
  1. Rixuraxu's Avatar
    In the new fanart, the first picture, what the hell is wrong with that womans arm?
  1. Flaks's Avatar
    People arguing that casuals ruined the game or that hardcores ruined it need to just shut the fuck up. Fact of the matter is this patch provided raid content unprecedented in how good it was. It brought back the WotLK PuG model so that people could see the content. Mediocre guilds could progress and kill Ragnaros and start working on heroic modes. The hardcores should be happier than they've ever been before. The last three heroic mode fights are absolutely amazing and to see how much effort is going into heroic ragnaros should just show how successful it was. The problem is not casual vs. hardcore bullshit. The problem is that the majority of the playerbase plays for quick action. This includes random bg's and heroics. Make changes to those two and we'll see the game be far more successful than ever before. Or so I believe.
  1. papaz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kwickslash View Post
    I'm one of those 300k and I'm not one of the "whiney people that didn't get what I want" that you speak of... As someone above me said, I've been playing this for 6+ years and the game is becoming stale. I'd rather leave and be thankful for the fond memories the game has given me.

    Please don't resort to generalisations.
    I'm right there with you.

    I loved WoW. The best game that has been made imo. Of course it has it drawbacks but which game doesn't.

    I just got bored in the end and moved on.

    People need to stop being all negative because others decide to quit the game. Everyone will eventually move to other games.

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