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11-09-2011 @ 12:22PM
I thought we'd get more notice, but I guess the patch is ready.
11-09-2011 @ 12:48PM
The RUMOR(because I cant give any source I consider it rumor) on the case here is that during the shareholders call, where they said that they lost 800k subs, Blizzard said that "we will launch our "biggest patch to date" and it will be hitting live next week and its "done testing"".However I remain very spectical about this. Theres been no release marked PTR patches, which has always been the case since dawn of time, around and I'm worried this patch isnt ready properly, that it will be just thrown out live realms to please shareholders and to make them "calm down because people will come back" and let us, players, "beta test" it for them for the time it would've been still on ptr - expect ton of hotfixes coming.. maybe more than usual patch(there is, of course always hotfixes).However I'm not going to say thats the case, I will take it with pinch of salt of course as should all of us. But at the same time it all kinda fits if they actually want to go with that strategy.
11-09-2011 @ 1:19PM
@ Ice - Maybe I can help you and by extension help you to STOP either knowingly or unknowingly spread for lack of a better term, complete bull@#!@. I have stock in ActivisionBlizzard so I am hyper sensitive to the earnings calls and I do listen to them, additionally ANYONE can listen to them by visiting http://investor.activision.com/. At NO time during that call did Morhaime even say anything REMOTELY similar to what you stated as a "RUMOR." You can see a transcript of the call as well by visiting http://seekingalpha.com/article/306409-activision-blizzard-s-ceo-discusses-q3-2011-results-earnings-call-transcript. Instead of me bullet pointing how in fact this patch rumor you stated is patently false I will post Morhaime's relevant excerpt with regard to WoW during his portion of the call:"Our revenues for the third quarter 2011 are down versus last year, which included the record-setting launch of StarCraft II. World of Warcraft finished the quarter with 10.3 million active subscribers worldwide, which is down from the previous quarter. While the majority of these declines are coming from the East, World of Warcraft continues to be one of the most popular online games in China and remains by far the most popular subscription-based MMO in the world.That said, we know there are improvements that we can make in gaming content. The level-up content in Cataclysm is some of our best works. But it was consumed quickly compared to our past expansions set, Wrath of the Lich King. Once players reached max level, the end-game content in Cataclysm is more difficult. Balancing this content for our diverse player base can be very challenging.Our development team is constantly analyzing the game, and we're continuing to explore ways that we can adjust the game to better satisfy both hard-core and casual players. To that end, our next free major content update for World of Warcraft is already in testing and will be available for players in the coming weeks.This is our largest update since Cataclysm launch. It will include our biggest and best rated content ever, featuring the iconic dragon Deathwing, as well as a new raid finder feature. The raid finder will make it easier than ever for casual players to experience end-game content, and it will open up a big part of the World of Warcraft to more of our players.Looking beyond our next content update, the development team is already hard at work on our next expansion set, Mists of Pandaria. We introduced the Pandarian race to the Warcraft universe with Warcraft III, and players have already been -- always been eager to see them introduced to World of Warcraft. We're finally making them a playable race in Mists of Pandaria."Morhaime kept it vague as usual as well he should. An earnings call is not somewhere where you air out specifics so that the competitor's can adjust to it. Before you go around posting "rumors" that you may have "heard" was said, a little verification on your own part will help you in the future to avoid looking like someone who is just peddling hype.
11-09-2011 @ 1:30PM
celticman: Lazy troll is lazy.
A prime example of a fool and his capslock. Your whiney argument failed in a separate post, so you thought you'd repost somewhere else on here and see if the same people that down voted you earlier would have a change of opinion? Not likely. Now can you do us all a favor and cancel your joystiq account? Kthxbai.
11-09-2011 @ 1:34PM
@Ghost - Aw c'mon, pressing the capslock key has to count for SOMETHING!What's the old internet addage? Something about cruise control for cool?
11-09-2011 @ 2:43PM
Crap. I was off by 2 weeks. I thought It was coming out on the 15th at the latest. 29th makes sense though too. Was this one of the longer PvP seasons, or was it just me?
11-09-2011 @ 3:03PM
Things aren't looking to good for the high and mighty Blizzard anymore. Used to be a significant subscription increase each earnings call, and now it's a loss every single quarter. Ah well, we knew it couldn't last forever.Not too long before WoW switches to the FTP model I think.
11-09-2011 @ 3:12PM
@hawaiiansouljahThanks for clearing that out.Like I said, it was just rumor I read multiple times around forums and I didnt use it as fact so saying I spread "complete BS" was bit harsh but you were right, unknowingly I said that and maybe it was my bad then. But hey, its not first time people post rumors around? I just thought saying "I take this as rumor because I cant find source" was enough to not get me claimed as part of "flame train" or sonething. But still it feels odd, 1-2 weeks possibly before patch (since arena season ends come couple weeks before patch like article says) with no release ptr patch (theres usually few release candidates before this season end announcement) seems bit odd still.Well, lets see how it goes from now eh?
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