Feb 18th 2010 7:37AM Licenses for IPs cost money. If UDE can't afford to pay Blizz for the IP and they aren't making much money off it then I don't blame them for calling it a day. Even with Cataclysm coming WoW is going to take a back seat to Starcraft II and Diablo III. This means that WoW spin offs will generate less interest. Couple this with the financial downturn in their key target regions - The US, Canada, Australia and the EU - it looks pretty bleak for anyone trying to make a buck off the back of Blizzard.
Also this comes as less of a surprise when Wizards of the Coast recently announced they weren't renewing their Star Wars license and that's with a KOTR MMO in the near future.
Feb 4th 2010 12:15PM Childish, hilarious and a damn good read. Oh and screw world first kills. And screw raiders who think it's important. It's nice to see these elitist twats get told where to get off.
Dec 18th 2009 5:30PM Not sure who their parent company is but weren't BioWare working on an MMO or at least interested in doing an MMO set in their Neverwinter Nights world? As for the rights to D&D, I think it's about time that Hasbro / WotC took action in the computer gaming world. WotC are changing a lot of the classic D&D settings and I think it is misleading for computer games to attach themselves to the D&D name but not reflect the current game. The way I see it the idea of allowing computer games companies to use the D&D licence is ultimately to drive sales of the traditional pen and paper D&D game, this makes it very confusing now that the 4th ed. of D&D is so different to the last incarnation.
Dec 17th 2009 12:38PM I enjoyed the WoW comic but I didn't like the style of the Starcraft one. I think comics have been going this way for a long while now. More people wait for the 6 months and buy the collected edition than buy the monthly comicbook. Its a good move IMO I like the idea of Blizzard graphic novels even more than comics also it will mean an interesting change in the pacing of stories.
Nov 10th 2009 2:46PM "WoW is the giant killer"? I knew what I meant... um... sorta... more like "WoW is the 300 pound gorilla" yeah that was the sound bite I meant to trot out...
Nov 10th 2009 2:42PM There comes a point where you have to stop being different for the sake of it and get on the same page as everyone else. WAR has been sat in the corner like a petulant child for far too long. WAR had a great chance because the Warhammer hobby has a large following but by making the game fiddly and awkward and adding in non consensual PvP they shot them selves in the face. The reason WoW is the giant killer is because it easy to pick up and hard to master. The same could be said of DDO, you can get by mashing buttons then you have to start thinking. WAR feels clunky as hell. The unlimited free trial is going on the right direction, but the look and feel of the game is still very clunky with quite high system requirements. Given most Tabletop gamers are already invested in a very expensive and time consuming hobby the idea of WAR is not appealing to casual players, of whom most are looking for a reskinned Baldur's Gate/Neverwinter Nights and now DAO is out (and even Torchlight) there isn't much room for niche Fantasy MMOs.
So yes I think WAR is doomed. Too much attitude and not enough fun.
Nov 5th 2009 10:10AM I think that more companies giving micro transactions is inevitable. Games with smaller subscriber bases than WoW are doing well with Free to Play and micro transaction models. DDO has become quite popular through this model. The big problem with MMOs for new players is the time it takes to get to the so called 'end game'. The classic levelling system is becoming counter productive and it inhibits players form having fun, because they can't join in with the latest content. The exclusivity of raiding and loot just turns people into asshats IMO.
I applaud the idea of having a charity donation for the Pandaren and contrary to what a lot of folks are saying I don't think that $10 is a lot as a one off. I was one of many folks who bought the subscription to Blizzcon primarily for the pet.
Aug 29th 2009 11:37AM I really could care less about DDO. For me as a new player I look at something like this and then I want to check out the rest of the IP to get a flavour of what is happening in that world. When I look at DDO I see an incarnation of an IP from 5 years ago, and worse still one that has just been overhauled by the IP's owners Wizards of the Coast. This is just going to be confusing as D&D tries to move forward whilst franchises like this refer back to an outmoded mechanic. Classes races and feats have completely changed with D&D 4th ed. becoming more like WoW with combat powers and such. I really don't know why this is being pushed in an already overcrowded market.
Aug 20th 2009 6:36PM You missed out: Rabid Blizzard fans break Twitter.
Aug 10th 2009 3:05PM I think there are plenty of us cynics about that read "leaked" as PR stunt. the companies always deny it and if like with Wrath people data mine betas they should be sent C&D letters. WoW.com wussed out of it last time around and stopped linking to data mined news. WoW.com aren't some fly by night operation their parent company is AOL and WoW.com have a crapton of readers so it makes sense to let them spice things up. THere was a media briefing at Blizzard a few weeks ago where various folks were briefed with NDAs issued. I would not be surprised at all if key sites were told they can leak certain info and when they could leak it.