The next big hit will be when a Western company nails down the F2P MMO genre, like Blizz did with the P2P MMO with WoW. I'm already expecting Titan to be a F2P.
Lets clear some shit up. MOST of the people who played in TBC or vanilla have quit, or just casual through. I would not implore blizzard to look back that far.
They need to look at wrath. Great story (the lich kings presence was pervasive, yet relevant), some of the most revolutionary fight mechanics (not counting NAXX), they did well with bringing crafting into each teir, and allowing them to be relevant but not all out better (in most cases) than drops/tier.
All we can take from this is that the P2P MMO market is gone, being WoW the last man standing.
It's simple really, as to why this is happening. The MMO genre is just not as popular as it once were. Is it still popular? Yes. Are things like consoles/AAA titles (CoD/Halo/etc.) diminishing the popularity of MMOs? Yes.
Has nothing to do with anything in game.
Call me House.
"There is a pervasive myth that making content hard will induce players to rise to the occasion. We find the opposite. " -- Ghostcrawler
"Almost every time I have gotten to know a critic personally, they keep up with the criticism but lose the venom." -- Ghostcrawler
"Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome." -- Samuel Johnson
Saying "we had a good run but it's time to give up" is just trying to shrug off numbers that if we were discussing xBox Live would get someone fired.
how easy would it have been to drop the transfer fee by at least 75%, or even better free with a cooldown? how many line of code are we talking about? how much time? Dead server are not a bug, they are consequence to game design.
Well ToT tuning was a disaster especially normal modes i can see the possibility of subs lost there, add the fact nothing has really changed its still the same game IE : not much to do outside of raiding.
Pet Battles, Brawler guild, Isle of Giants just wasted development time imo.
1.3 mio and here my guess in the quess thread was only 500k up to 1 mio damn.
but I can understand why. Why pay for what has essentially devolved to a single player game? Filled with a lot of chores.
Maybe they schould have made as much levelling content for pandaria as they made for wrath and bc. Back then there was a lot of content still on the board even after you dinged at 70 and 80.
I've enjoyed the content up until this point. The problem is my guild disbanded for personal reasons and we were unable to recruit on a dead realm. That means I can't play it anymore unless I fork over more cash. If they fix the realm population problem I'd come back in a heartbeat.
Much worse than I thought, actually I thought of stable or increase
I mean they are doing good job, why that insane bleed ? Maybe because it isn't alt-friendly anymore ?