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1-17-2012 @ 4:14PM
No surprise here. Seems the sooner they move on and away from Cataclysm the better. That's in both their eyes and the players.As for the "We don't obsessively track subscriptions" that's just a lie. Any company that wants to remain in business tracks their customer data. If you suddenly lose 10,000 people, you look for the reason, you just don't shrug it off. I have a feeling that the statement is nothing but PR jargon for "We know how we're doing, we're just not ready to tell the public."More bad news hidden behind a PR smokescreen? Time will tell.
1-17-2012 @ 4:56PM
Not that I'm disagreeing, but;1) Most of the drops were in the Asian market, which is based on a per minute (IIRC) fee schedule that brings in substantially less money than the subscription model that we Westerners get.2) While they may have lost subscribers, I wonder if they predicted the loss ahead of time or if they're just reacting to it.3)For a game that has been steadily increasing in numbers, a loss is not just a "loss", but it's a non-gain, if that makes sense. So if they were projecting that the half-expansion of Cataclysm would end with them having gone from 12 mil to 14 mil and instead ended at 10mil, that could be bigger than ever.
1-17-2012 @ 5:34PM
They probably don't.Activision does though, and they let them know.
1-17-2012 @ 6:13PM
All this "Cata was a failure, Blizz lost huge sub numbers, best they can do is kill it as fast as possible" nonsense is driving me crazy.With the exception of the 2 BC race starting zones and the DK starting zone, the vast, vast majority of all new content released in every WoW expansion pre-Cata focused around endgame, as did all the content patches as well. Blizzard is not stupid, they had to have known that releasing an expansion that was over 50% non-endgame content was going to result in a hit. Especially for players who pay by the minute, the majority of them are not going to spend their precious time flying around the new Barrens or leveling their 2nd mage for funzies.As far as I'm concerned, Cata is no more or less flawed than Wrath or BC, it was just stuck with tidying up a 7 year old game instead of just being able to build upon it. I know plenty of people who used Cata as a chance to start playing/return, and they're loving it and wondering why everyone seems to think it's such a failure.And yes, Blizzard lost subscribers and didn't manage to reach the same peak they did in Wrath. However, that still puts them many millions of subscribers above their competition, none of the 25 "WoW-killers" have successfully "killed WoW", and I think if subscribers had taken as serious a hit as people seem to be implying, it would be pretty obvious. I don't doubt there are plenty of people who watch for subscription trends at Blizzard, I don't think its the quest design team, and I don't think an exceptionally large bump or decline means someone storms into the design team's office and demands they scrap everything because they just lost X subscribers.
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