subscription amounts will always be used to dictate how they handle new/old features
Blizzard can add or remove a feature in WoW for the betterment of the game rather than subs.
I can see them doing both.
You mention flying mounts. So what if Blizzard had not introduced them? I swear another game would have. People would be "Oh, game xx has flying mounts - how pathetic that Blizzard can't do it" You think that is far fetched? PPL called Blizzard lazy when they said they needed to rebuild Azeroth for flying.
Now imagine three x-pacs on, WoW is the only game without flying because "It is better for the game's life" and people have left WoW for that one feature that others offer. Flying. This I suppose is not a scenario you can see? So..that means WoW would be a "better game" because it doesn't have flying, yet lost mayve 3 million people? Or are you trying to say without flying the game would have 10 million players?
Since you insist on mentioning flying mounts - and them ruining the "need to explore" - Funny then how we have even more threads saying "I am sick of tired of riding my 5th alt in Pandaria"
But here Blizzard sticks to their guns. Alts and new areas like Timeless Isle and Isle of Thunder are no fly zones. I rather see they try to find ways to give everyone a bit.
Personally I never understood the "What is good for the game" Do you know what is good for the game? how so? Shouldn't a game be good for the people? Isn't a "good game" a game that many people want to play? Can you imagine a situation where objectively the "greatest game with all the feature that are good for the game" exists, but nobody plays it?
"The game" is...a concept? It shouldn't exist for the pure concept of existing and being "good" If it is good, people will play it. Are you saying Blizzard is amking the game delibereately bad and the worse it gets, the more people play it?
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Oh..I know..must be system where no supermarket, no fast food chains, no automobile concerns, no power companies, no nothing exists, because...and here is the kicker: "Companies are there...to make (more) money"! Which is why bonuses are paid to make (more) money.
"It’s not the job of the artist to give the audience what the audience wants. If the audience knew what they needed, then they wouldn’t be the audience. They would be the artists. It is the job of artists to give the audience what they need."
— Alan Moore
It would be considered unethical for the company to make decisions which would clearly be at odds with increasing revenue. Companies can get and have been sued for stuff like this by their boardmembers and employees.
It's why Blizzard will always prioritize increasing profits over anything else.
"Blood in the gutter is how they butter their bread at the top."
When the game is losing subs, they'll do anything to make it gain subs.
"I quit WoW."
If I say it's Azshara next enough times, eventually I'll be right. So here we go again. It's got to be Azshara next, so get ready for the Sylvanas expansion we inevitably get instead!