Mists of Pandaria Releases in July 2012
Everquest is still around, and WoW and EQ2 "killed" EQ... with its 18th expansion released in november 2011.
What happens with MMOs, that is pretty awesome, is once they figure out that they're not going to attract new blood with the outdated engine or some new gimmick, is that they start catering to those people who love the property and start doing challenging, interesting experiments with the game - that not always work - but are always engaging.
Once wow really "dies" to the mainstream is when you'll see things like battleground map packs, solo raid content, basically anything they can throw at the game to validate an expansion. It will become a testing ground for their new/next flagship entity.
And I think that's years and years away. Look at how radical MoP is. Unfortunately most of that is to try to cater to a younger audience of these apparently "new gamers who are easily confused by things."
We haven't even seen massive server merges yet.
Heck, the delay of SC2:2 and D3 are probably because blizzard figures their only real competition is themselves.
And you know there will be a bundle "blizzard pass" that includes all mmo subscriptions in one with perks like free expansions, etc. when that happens. They're not going to let their next gen mmo completely kill off the previous one.
I will say, though, the asian themed junk in EQ1 was the signal that they're not afraid to alienate their fantasy interested audience and are going to try mixing things up a bit.
I honestly think that the lack of competition in D3 in terms of "everyone sees their own loot" will not allow it to thrive as much as D2 did. It's also something to prove that younger gamers want a D2-like game. D2 *DID* happen right on the cusp of persistent online worlds, even though all it was was a persistent character that interacted in small instanced segments. The real money marketplace has a lot riding on it in terms of how all games will work moving forward, especially their own products.
I just chalk "no blizzcon" up to the basic fact that they've got nothing they're willing to share at this point, and we don't need another MOP, SC2:2, D3 reveal. D3 would likely be launched by that time anyway, with SC2:2 / MOP in the thanksgiving / winter season.
I wouldn't be surprised if WoW has the next half-dozen expansions all plotted out and finished to varying degrees.
A bit surprised but seeing how they'll just have released the WoW expansion, the SC2 expansion and Diablo 3 I can't blame them. Sure they could have talked about the next patch in WoW, but the only thing that's interesting is Titan and they clearly don't want to do that yet. So either a crap-ass Blizzcon or a nice SC2 tournament, I'd go with the SC2 one any day. Who knows, Diablo 3 might even be enjoyable to watch too as an added bonus.
But there's nothing to promote, so what's the point? This isn't a fan-run convention that throws these events just for the hell of it, it is a corporate-run advertising campaign.
I love these people who wear the rose-tinted glasses and think that Blizzard's philosophy hasn't always been to make money. Blizzcon was a complete contrivance from the get-go, and I'm actually somewhat impressed that they're smart enough to know that sometimes a corporate circle-jerk isn't always appropriate when there's no product to show.
Not a surprise, they have nothing to announce this year if you check their cycle chronologically.
There you are folks. No Titan announcement until 2013 and release planned for 2015
I have just one thing to say... FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU- I was so planning on going next year, cause I might actually have money. >:
Blizz is soo predictable. I bet that on the BlizzCon 2013 they will announce TONS of stuff like:
Diablo 3 1 Expansion
SC 2 Last expansion
Wow Last expansion (Burning Legion expac, lvl 100, 2 new hero classes, many changes, bosses like Kil'jaeden (return), final boos: avatar of Sargeras,
and because of lack of BC in 2012, hunger will grow so imagine whole crazines after releasing all these news in 2013.
I think we all know what the real reason is. Since the world is ending this year, Blizzard didn't think there would be any point to holding a Blizzcon this year to announce any further projects.
I mostly watch Blizzcon for the tournament stuff anyway so I'm actually pretty excited about this. I can understand their reasons too, they're probably working flat out to get all their stuff done.
I agree with posters who said that blizz simply has nothing to show, and both D3 and MoP are way off (i.e. not earlier than september). The biggest proof is a year subscription that was used to lure the guillible. Enjoy raiding the same thing for a year, haha.Either way, since Activision took over, quality has been on the slide, but the majority of the people nowadays will take any crap thats thrown their way and ask for more.
Thats terrible why in the world would they NOT want to have blizzcon this year? considering they have Mists of Pandaria coming out soon and what. But whatever. way to screw over the fans. To be honest im not entirely that impressed with what Blizzard has come up with lately. Diablo III looks OK but still basically the same game as 10 years ago just with better graphics, and the Panda update looks cool but i really wish they would put more time into adding more stuff to World of Warcraft.......but yeah whatever thats just sad they wont have a blizzcon unless they are shelving Mists of Pandaria for a while? who knows...
What this means: Expect D3 in Q1/Q2 Expect SC2: HotS near Q3, MAYBE Q4 Expect MoP around Q4 (probably another november release)
i bet blizzcon tickets in 2013 will be twice what they cost last year
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