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10-22-2010 @ 5:47PM
"They're expecting a lot of new players in Cataclysm"Who will have to spend $100+ to get WoW, BC, WotLK, and then Cataclysm. Any word on a WotLK+BC+WoW Battlechest to help out these new players who are supposed to be coming in? I know if I was a new player to WoW I'd be very intimidated by having to spend $120 just to get Cataclysm and the previous expansions that it requires.
10-22-2010 @ 5:59PM
You've taken that quote out of context. Blizzard is spending a lot of time revamping starting zones as well, to try and KEEP new players from losing interest. The game is so addicting, new players will hopefully maintain their interest in the first 20 levels and then keep playing. The revamped dungeons is just another level of polish on the philosophy of keeping new players interested. That quote doesn't mean a non-wow player is going to walk into a best buy and impulse buy WoW and all 3 expansions at the same time.
10-22-2010 @ 6:05PM
Make a note, this is 1-60 content, which is devoid of any Cataclysm requirement.I'm sure they have some sort of battle chest planned which would include Wrath.
10-22-2010 @ 10:26PM
I think blizz would do well to no dismiss this idea so quickly. The barrier to entry in this game gets steeper with every expansion. Beyond the cost, which can be adjusted, the complexity of 3-4 boxes, areas, races, and classes that are not available pushes new players away. sooner or later buying wow has got to be pulling ONE box of the shelf at the store and putting one disc in to install it. the tiers of accounts can just keep getting more complex, can it?
10-23-2010 @ 5:42AM
@Matt: First of all, they already have battle chests that reduce the cost aspect substantially. Secondly, the WotLK DVD (so assumably the Cataclysm one as well) does a one disc install! Seriously! They should have made this more clear, yes, but you can install everything you need minus patches from the single DVD.
10-23-2010 @ 12:14AM
But tmelcher, the problem is that WotLK doesn't come with a code for BC either, so it's not truly like a battle chest. You can install BC all you want, but as long as your account isn't flagged via an unlocking code, you can't access BC.
10-23-2010 @ 3:21AM
Currently, you spend $39 for the Battlechest bundle of everything but the latest expansion, then $39 for the latest expansion. I don't believe there's any reason to think Blizzard is going to change this model. Why would they? The Battlechest will just keep getting fatter as expansions roll on...
10-23-2010 @ 3:38PM
@RogueJedi86: I didn't say that WotLK is like a battle chest -- that's what the battle chest with Vanilla and Burning Crusade (and assumably soon Wrath of the Lich King too) is for.In the meantime, the WotLK DVD is the "one disc install," though the battle chest may (I don't have it, so I don't know) not have this feature on its own.
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