Didn't realize they'd gotten Cata already, but that makes sense. Also makes sense that there's a sort of stabilization in the established regions. I think the impact of D3, SWTOR, GW2 and others will be even harder felt now, and I think with MOP & rapidly declining subscriber numbers, people might start to look around for another MMO, which might spur this development even more.
No worries, I am sure it was mostly Gold Farmers if it was from that neck of the world.
People would see more expensive ore and crap on AH then and never heard anything about that
Eh, I'm one of the 800k that left. I've been playing since launch and just don't really find this game all that entertaining anymore.
Don't get me wrong, I really like Cata. It is just that this game hasn't really changed all that much over the years. I'm not a big fan of an Asian themed expansion, Pandarens, poke-battles, or BoE pets for gold.. This game's target audience just isn't me anymore.
Edit: A no one seems to factor in micro transactions which have probably made Blizzard more money than the money they are losing from the loss of subs, and have been steadily increasing.
Given that most of the subscriber loss is from China, and that China is not very profitable for them, I don't think that financially this will hurt Blizzard very much.
However, it is a huge slap in the face for them, and it would seem they recognize the problem: Cataclysm content (or lack thereof) being consumed too quickly. Now to see if they actually fix said problem...
Whatever the case, there is no one reason to explain all of this; it's a number of things including the state of the economy, gaming culture in the Far East which is very different than NA/EU, the age of the game, not enough content at 85 to sustain interest for as long as previous years, and on and on. It's nothing ridiculous like "MOLTEN FRONT SUCKS!! and that's why people are leaving."
Cata was just released in China(in summer I think), how is that possible that they lost most of the players in China? :S
Blizzard gave us a 5 level expansion with almost no content in it and they're learning now that we can't sit for a year and play that type of content. If they want to release 5 levels of content it better be every 12 months.
If they release Mists of Pandaria in the summer, I'll be honest, some people will say it's too fast, but... They should announce the next expansion in October. I know that could only be like 5-6 months after Mists release, but, really, Expansions need to come once a year. This games simply too huge.
And they're going to have to release really cool shit too. They can't just give us 5 more levels and nothing else. Imagine how that would sit after giving us a new race and class this expansion.
Yep. To keep WoW relevant they're going to need to step up each expansion.
Last edited by LordRayken; 2011-11-09 at 04:46 PM.
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The Horde and The Alliance haven't changed since Warcraft 2. Pandaren are the first true change to either faction for 12 years.