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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. paintingshade's Avatar
    As someone who quit about a month and a half ago (though some friends still play so I check mmoc every now and then), I see alot of similarities between wow and the usa. ship is obviously sinking (because of greed) and everyone has a different opinion on what's to blame and how to fix it, but nobody is right. wow will die, and another great mmo will take its place, just like america.
  1. Darkblazer's Avatar
    Well its because they making a game just for few ppl? How many raiders/ppl are doing hardmodes?=very few, not even an 0.4% so this is very low. End of tier 11, how many guilds have downed all 3 last bosses from the 3 respective raids in hm ?=not even an 0.1% from the guilds that was having 12/12 on normal modes. Mostly is because is hard to find a good/guilds , another thing is that most of the guilds are becoming 10 man leaving a large population outside and i mean dpsers. All this make some ppl and i could say many ppl eventually leave the game simply because they cannot enjoy anymore.Me and another 5 ppl from the net(netline) we were in a semi hardcore 25-man guild with 9/13 hm . At start of FL we were having a 4/7 as 25-raid progress and 7/7 with 10 man. Second week gm wanted to do some heroics modes and 25 man was >dead and doing all week 10 man with few dedicated ppl and eventually got 1/7 heroic.3rd week again with the 10 man so many of ppls that we were more than 40 online , years playing together just leave the guild since this is how the system goes. Only for few dedicated ppl to actually enjoy the game so unless they remove the hardmodes or atleast put more bosses and like you proceed make them harder, at least something else so more ppl can enjoy the pve environment. I dont wanna say make them easier to everyone can have loots but give something that would make the majority of ppl to enjoy more the game . I speak from the semi-raiders because hardcores-raiders are very few and i dont thing that those ppl are actually keep wow alive with they're money but like we know the majority of simply raiders with casuals are keep wow alive.
  1. Typhron's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sanctioned View Post
    Sadly some fanboys will come out and flame the crap out of you most likely but you put it into great perspective right there.
    Indeed.

    That said, it's...not a trend? Meaning WoW might be okay. For now. Time will tell.
  1. videotape's Avatar
    I don't disagree with the sentiment that WoW has been streamlined into oblivion, as all software eventually seems to be.

    Still waiting for a better MMO though...
  1. Meeko's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Darkblazer View Post
    Well its because they making a game just for few ppl? How many raiders/ppl are doing hardmodes?=very few, not even an 0.4% so this is very low. End of tier 11, how many guilds have downed all 3 last bosses from the 3 respective raids in hm ?=not even an 0.1% from the guilds that was having 12/12 on normal modes. Mostly is because is hard to find a good/guilds , another thing is that most of the guilds are becoming 10 man leaving a large population outside and i mean dpsers. All this make some ppl and i could say many ppl eventually leave the game simply because they cannot enjoy anymore.Me and another 5 ppl from the net(netline) we were in a semi hardcore 25-man guild with 9/13 hm . At start of FL we were having a 4/7 as 25-raid progress and 7/7 with 10 man. Second week gm wanted to do some heroics modes and 25 man was >dead and doing all week 10 man with few dedicated ppl and eventually got 1/7 heroic.3rd week again with the 10 man so many of ppls that we were more than 40 online , years playing together just leave the guild since this is how the system goes. Only for few dedicated ppl to actually enjoy the game so unless they remove the hardmodes or atleast put more bosses and like you proceed make them harder, at least something else so more ppl can enjoy the pve environment. I dont wanna say make them easier to everyone can have loots but give something that would make the majority of ppl to enjoy more the game . I speak from the semi-raiders because hardcores-raiders are very few and i dont thing that those ppl are actually keep wow alive with they're money but like we know the majority of simply raiders with casuals are keep wow alive.
    I like your post, but you forgot to mention that majority of the people are still pugging Za/Zg. I feel that is the main problem when blizz made 12 other new and fun 5 mans, but are forcing people to basically do the same 2 that they made years ago over and over. And ofcourse by force i mean giving people double the JP over the others, not to mention epics / de shards.

    I got pretty tired of Za/Zg when it was relevant dungeons, but running them every day since they put them back into the game is pretty crap. And that is all the casuals have to look forward to (majority of the player base) 2 crappy reincarnated instances from years ago.
  1. Rathimis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Meeko View Post
    I like your post, but you forgot to mention that majority of the people are still pugging Za/Zg. I feel that is the main problem when blizz made 12 other new and fun 5 mans, but are forcing people to basically do the same 2 that they made years ago over and over. And ofcourse by force i mean giving people double the JP over the others, not to mention epics / de shards.

    I got pretty tired of Za/Zg when it was relevant dungeons, but running them every day since they put them back into the game is pretty crap. And that is all the casuals have to look forward to (majority of the player base) 2 crappy reincarnated instances from years ago.
    I couldn't agree more.

    Revamping the original cata dungeons by simply putting 353s on the end bosses and having them give 140vp would do a LOT for the enjoyment of the game right now.
  1. videotape's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rathimis View Post
    Revamping the original cata dungeons by simply putting 353s on the end bosses and having them give 140vp would do a LOT for the enjoyment of the game right now.
    Great idea, but it would need something else, assuming that part of the revamping means scaling the difficulty up a bit to match gear. Doing this alone would pull an entire tier of content out from under fresh 85s.

    I might like to see a new 5-man difficulty: Epic. Normal and Heroic work as-is - fixed difficulty and iLvl drops. Epic dungeons use Heroic mode content but scale health and damage according to the chosen (via LFD or unit frame menu interface) level of Epicness. The scaling would be done in such a way as to eliminate any need for maintenance of old content when a new tier arrives. There'd be 353 Epic, 365 Epic, 377 Epic, etc. Drops are the same as Heroic drops, but Epic and scaled to the appropriate iLvl using the same simple scaling factors that are used now.

    I dunno, maybe that sucks. Might work.
  1. Elian's Avatar
    Activision probably urging blizz to release another in game mount or pet.
  1. xSaix's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by paintingshade View Post
    As someone who quit about a month and a half ago (though some friends still play so I check mmoc every now and then), I see alot of similarities between wow and the usa. ship is obviously sinking (because of greed) and everyone has a different opinion on what's to blame and how to fix it, but nobody is right. wow will die, and another great mmo will take its place, just like america.
    lmao please take your paranoid political opinions elsewhere and stop being retarded
  1. Darkblazer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by videotape View Post
    Great idea, but it would need something else, assuming that part of the revamping means scaling the difficulty up a bit to match gear. Doing this alone would pull an entire tier of content out from under fresh 85s.

    I might like to see a new 5-man difficulty: Epic. Normal and Heroic work as-is - fixed difficulty and iLvl drops. Epic dungeons use Heroic mode content but scale health and damage according to the chosen (via LFD or unit frame menu interface) level of Epicness. The scaling would be done in such a way as to eliminate any need for maintenance of old content when a new tier arrives. There'd be 353 Epic, 365 Epic, 377 Epic, etc. Drops are the same as Heroic drops, but Epic and scaled to the appropriate iLvl using the same simple scaling factors that are used now.

    I dunno, maybe that sucks. Might work.
    Epic** this word was kinda epic in classic wow and in burning crusade expansion.After that has this word has lost his value.We want the game to be generaly easy because there are many ppl casual unskilled but they wanna have fun and i want to believe that they deserve to feel kinda more special when obtaining some items . Its the feeling of getting an upgrade something that i had in those years playing (vanilla bc). Atm i dont see anyone spamming on ventrillo or write something when he gets an amazing item from an raid or anyone say gz/gratzz simply nothing its more like booting.This is kinda killing the gameplay/communication and generaly the game itself. 1st time killing ragnaros and on ventrilo was simply .....okay give the loots so we can go afk.......Nothing to say
  1. martinboy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by PHOENIXZERO View Post
    Bandwidth gets cheaper and cheaper every year.
    As I cleary said, most consumer prices har rised over the years and ppl complaint about a subscribtion fee that has stayed the same since the launce of wow.
  1. k1037's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by martinboy View Post
    As I cleary said, most consumer prices har rised over the years and ppl complaint about a subscribtion fee that has stayed the same since the launce of wow.
    Except for the part where they haven't. You can't compare game operating costs to things like food or oil.

    Server hosting prices have gone down. Thanks to things like the App Store, nearly all software prices have gone down dramatically (in exchange for higher numbers of sales). Bandwidth costs have gone down. Database management costs have gone down. As the bulk of gaming costs are front-loaded (creating the engine and world-building tools), their content creation costs have also gone down.

    Bottom line? It almost certainly costs Blizzard less money to operate/maintain servers for 11 million players now than it did for just a few million on vanilla's release day. They've maintained the same subscription fee despite having lower costs and putting out less content. There's no positive spin for that.
  1. Powell's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sanctioned View Post
    Sadly some fanboys will come out and flame the crap out of you most likely but you put it into great perspective right there.
    Call me a fanboy, but i somewhat disagree.
    You see: "omg blizzard is lazy, there is less content"
    I see: Quality over Quantity

    Blizzard has improved enormously over the last few years, being it class balance or just boss mechanics.
    There is no comparing it to vanilla, the balance was far worse then it is now. The majority of mechanics were far worse then they are now.
    Other then some Nostalgia feeling that everyone is holding onto, Vanilla was not better.

    I don't mind if they give less content, their content is improving.
    For me, Quality > Quantity.
    If you want a fuckton of crappy content, there are plenty of shitty MMOs out there
    If you want a handful of good content, WoW is your game.

    On Diablo 3 for example i dont like, Whoring money from Auction Houses, dear lord.
  1. Sanfthauch's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rensyk View Post
    Biggest content patch ever aye? I expect 2+ Raids from that personally.
    --> Patch 4.3 will be the "largest content update since Cataclysm"

    ---------- Post added 2011-08-05 at 10:18 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Powell View Post
    On Diablo 3 for example i dont like, Whoring money from Auction Houses, dear lord.
    tbh, it's not that bad. you can't compare it with World of Warcraft. There's no competition between Raidgroups or something. Usually you're in a random group questing. Nobody gives a damn sh** about firstkills or something cuz you don't get the loot from special encounters. The loot in D3 is, like in D2, random loot.
  1. medi01's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by muchtoohigh View Post
    Once Activison took over, WoW was no longer driven by creativity...
    Oh, please stop it.
    It's a shameless myth.
    There is one bloody greedy company.
    It has always been like that.
  1. Gondo's Avatar
    The reason WoW is losing subscribers can be summed up in one word: BORED.

    I quit raiding four months ago then quit the game altogether about a month ago. Everyone I played with also quit. It's not one thing in particular, it's just that the game has run out of steam. The same old mechanics, the same old problems and solutions. It's been 6 years I think, which is a pretty good run for a game but I just don't give a damn anymore.

    I'll play the new Star Wars game when it comes online but I'll never go back to WoW. The next expansion is almost certain to have a real-money auction house and that's a step too far for me. Anyone with any dignity will refuse to play the new Diablo for that reason.

    WoW is on the way out and no doubt. Losing close to a million subscribers in half a year tells me the game is tanking and fast. They can pin their hopes on these trial accounts but I reckon a lot will be people like my brother who played top level 20 and then just thought "this isn't as good as LA Noire".
  1. TordFish's Avatar
    600k player one quarter
    300k player one quarter

    That's almost 1 million players in 6 months. WoW IS dying.
  1. Jerakal's Avatar
    Dear Blizzard, if you want me to come back and stay as a customer, you can do two things:1: Drop the price, $10 a month is more than enough.2: Make the non-raid and non-PvP content worth a fuck. Give me a reason to stay.
  1. Whiysper's Avatar
    Dear Blizzard, if you want to keep me and my guild playing, just keep releasing awesomeness like 4.2. Thanks. That is all.
  1. Ashaela's Avatar
    It's going to be the biggest content patch since Cataclysm... somehow I don't feel impressed, looking as we've had 2 -recycled- heroics and one raid with a (in my opinion) really boring daily quest zone.
    I don't care how big the patch is, but I guess I'm the "quality over quantity" type of person.

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