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2-09-2012 @ 5:43PM
@emberdione I understand your thinking, and you have a point: initial sales figures for Cataclysm were spectacular. But paid MMOs (and MMO expansions) aren't just trying to sell you on the 40-60 bucks you paid for the box. They're trying to sell you on a subscription, and Cataclysm's retention numbers are utterly through the basement, the kind of die-off that would have utterly killed a new MMO.Let's be honest with ourselves here: Cataclysm's initial sales didn't happen in a vacuum. The expansion rode the wave of BC and Wrath to get so many copies sold. The true measure of Cataclysm came when subscriptions began to drop -immediately- afterwards. That was a damning indictment: people were incredibly eager for Cataclysm, but once they got a chance to try it out, they left. In droves.
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