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5-08-2009 @ 10:05AM
Comparing 2.4 to 3.1 really isn't fair at all. 2.4 was basically the last content patch of BC. The issues here are bigger than patch 3.1. The entire expansion seems like it was designed as a holding operation to bridge the gap between being level 70 and slaying Arthas with the release of Icecrown.The quests from 70-80 were for the most part fun, but the endgame is lacking. Naxx was basically recycled from vanilla WoW with no quest chains leading into it, Ulduar is isolated in its own corner and its there if you want it. The Argent Tournament was released with great fanfare but sputtered quickly.To me, all of this points to the fact that developing fresh, engaging content with some kind of consistent lore is not as much of a priority anymore for Blizz, with the release of SC2, Diablo 3, and the development of the new top-secret MMO they're working on. Hopefully the new battleground, 5 man instance, and eventually Icecrown will come soon and liven things up a bit. I suspect that the subscriber base has basically peaked at this point and will expand only with WoW being introducted to new countries where it wasn't available previously, rather than with growing numbers of players in the U.S./E.U.
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