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11-13-2009 @ 6:39PM
Repeat after me: Remove arena now!
11-13-2009 @ 6:50PM
This is an interesting thing for a large company like Blizzard to openly admit that one of the things they implemented (not to mention the insane amount of effort it took to make them) was a failure. I really think that's more impressive than we are giving them credit for. Still, what does this hold for the players that DO play Arena and enjoy it. I mean, it's probably a given that after such a definitive statement like that, that the arena 'scene' is going to die off relatively slowly. Another note, does this also mean that the number of people who do enjoy arena is small enough that they are willing to write them off like this? I'm really interested to hear what people think.
11-13-2009 @ 8:08PM
Remove arena now, or at least with Cataclysm.Here is a fact, which Pardo is acknowledging with these comments:Arena is a loss-leader for Blizzard. Yes, it brings people to the game and gets attention,but it is a HUGE resource suck in that it requires thousands of man hours to balance the game around arena, and is therefore no longer worth supporting from a financial perspective.The fact is, they probably have looked, and arenas generate a small percentage of subscription revenue, and are no longer financially viable in their current state.Benefit of arena maintenance - cost of balancing the game and employing a balance team, not to mention all the bs the company has to deal with from Arena players = arenasreally aren't worth the headache.They could spin it off to a separate product or portion it off by redesigning coefficients, etc. as was mentioned earlier.As someone who has complained about arenas holding this game hostage for years, the taste of vindication is sweet, indeed!Bottom Line: Blizzard is married to PVE and PVP is its mistress. When push comes to shove, which it has, the mistress is gonna be out on her a**.
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