There's no way this is a coincidence, however I doubt very much they mean to actually compete with GW. The subscriber numbers have been dropping which will have a negative impact on investors and share prices. I can imagine them trying to counter this a little bit by trying to soften the blow on high impact moments, like the release of GW2 or like they did with the annual pass (which is why they didnt lose subs in Q2 only Q3 came back to bite them in the ass). They are handling it best they can to manage the damage in order for stock not to drop a huge deal - releasing the patch the 28th means that everyone not playing GW2 but still interested in WoW will want to log on which increases active players for them making it look up a bit again. Also timing MoP a month after GW2 releases allows people to try GW2 and those who inevitably don't like it (because not everyone will) can come back to WoW just in time for MoP. I'm going to play both and hope both are successful, will be an interesting few months either way
I do hope that Blizzard do see GW2 as competition and raise their game. I'm probably never playing WoW again (I'll be playing GW2 and Planetside 2 when it comes out) but MoP certainly seems to be a lot better than Cataclysm.
If GW2 is that good, it should succeed no matter what the other companies do. BTW, that kind of "poor attempts" already killed alot of potential wow killers.
Sorry my friend, you're the one pathetic if you think that's the way it work.
Not sure if I'm a good guy but I'm working hard on it...
Yay finally ^^ Been waiting for this.
Firstly anyone genuinely interested in GW2 will be playing it in the days before release after pre purchasing, secondly if a patch is a threat to a release of a game...well then that game wasn;t going to do very well anyway. But lets face it the patch wont have any effect on GW2 longevity or release, it might just impact slightly on how much time people who split between gw2/wow such as myself put in to GW2.
Heh, this half assed patch wont really do anything to prevent people from buying GW2.
5.0.4 is not the launch event and I still expect the launch event to be live for two weeks prior, just as they announced.
As with previous expansions, the talent overhaul patch is live a few weeks earlier so that they can repair the worst bugs before the actual event.
If people seriously think that GW2 is gonna be any competition for wow, then sorry, but i lol at thee
It can go in the long line of it's succesor "wow competitors"....
Expansion systems patch coming a month before the expansion. Yep, sounds right.
That's what they did with Cataclysm, Wrath, and BC.
The launch events never started at the same time as the systems patch.
Movies are generally released on Fridays, as (more) people tend to be off on the weekends.
love Blizzard's dickslap to the face of GW2. Not the first time they've done this either... Ony revamp was released the same day Aion went live.
Blizz thinks people will get tired of GW2 2 weeks in, which is probably about the time the Theramore event is going to unlock on Live realms.
A bit predictable... let the gw2 vs wow threads begin!!!
Hey guys.. pssst.... its called "business".
Ofcourse they would release it as close as possible to the launch date of the "next new big thing". Doing otherwise would just be an invitation for the playerbase to have time to move along, despite of the quality of both parties.
Disclaimer: The majority of my posts might be dripping in sarcasm. Don't take everything I say literally.
You would have to be blind not to see the connection, really. Both the expansion and the patch's timing were to counter GW2. First, the expansion. This Beta will only be five or six months. That does not match past Betas, right?,they usually run much longer, so they are clearly releasing the expansion early to try to get close. And then a systems patch about a month before expansion launch? When have they ever done that?
And it's called running a business, it's not a major patch to compete with Gw2, but it's a pre-patch reminding us what's around the corner.
Perfect thing to throw out to people.
and since Gw2 is B2P I can play both while only paying one subscription :O total madness
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