Mar 31st 2012 2:07PM Really sounds like they are doing Warhammer online all over again.
Mar 30th 2012 2:15PM @Ranxerox
Ye - its a no win situation for BLizzard. We dont even know if those 100k ppl are more than 5% of those that have AP now. And even if they got 100K in every week .. it still means that there are 10 weeks (more than 2 months) till the 4th quarter 1 million group gets it.
Mar 23rd 2012 5:41PM I think no1 belived it ... but still BLizzard said it in a way like it was gonna happen.
And thats the thing. Its not "unfortinued" tho. It was done for a reason. The same reason that the annual pass add faq has been stating "and beta access will go live with beta launch".
I can fully understand ppl that feel they are cheated. Cause the there are very misleading comments beeing made from Blizzard and they have not done anything to correct posts (like the post from Joystiq). AP players might not be entitled to get into beta from start. But they sure are entitled to a clear explenation how it could happen - and then a formal appology and even compensations from a company that obviously was misleading their subscriber base when this offer was made.
But here is my question to Massively and joystic. Did Blizzard contact you to correct your wrong interpretation on the beta access? Would Blizzard have done that if your wrong interpretation had lead to negative effect on the annual pass deal numbers ? I think you know the answer to that yourself but lets keep it formal.
Mar 23rd 2012 2:26PM Eldoron...
No sane person would have offered this deal if not for total despereation of loosing million sub at the time... without even checking if they would get those 1 million ppl into MOP beta withing the first 1 month. Cause thats just what BLizzard has to do no matter what.
Mar 23rd 2012 2:23PM Im sorry but you do realise that 2 weeks ago - when DIablo 3 release date was announched, BLizzard was STILL offering the annual pass deal with the "and beta access will go live with beta launch".
So no. It was not underestimated. They knew exactly what was going on. And ppl actually TRUST these ppl to deliver what they promised within resonable timeframe. Cause this will get gratually worse over the next few months if they are just planning to stick 10k ppl in per week. Thats 1% of annual pass players that had bought the pass in 4th quarter of 2011. And there are probably alot more.
Mar 23rd 2012 2:19PM The real issue here is ... Did Blizzard NEED to put out a 'poorly worded marketing" thing at the time?
Yes they sorta did. Cause WOW was litterally bleeding subs at the time. ANd since then they have gone even further and offered free lvl 80s and free expansions.
But the main thing is that ppl STILL belive that Blizzard will be able to get those 1+ million ppl into beta within the next few weeks. Imagine how it will be in 1 month time if thats not the case and 90% of AP players will still not be in. You can claim that ppl will sit it out but it will leave alot of unhappy ppl that are starting the MOP expansion with a very, very negative vipe. And it will hurt WOW forever.
So here is to them doing someting within the next 2-3 weeks. There was no need to push this beta out right away other than to try to beat SWTOR and GW2 beta weekends. And thats the main deal of this all. They are still thinking of the marketing... NOT the players.
Mar 23rd 2012 2:08PM Exactly
And if ppl dont think they "sold" anything - then they are wrong. Cause 1 year of WOW sub is quite abit of money - SPECIALLY now when ppl see that there are maybe months or even half a year till the next expansion is out. 6+ months of DS ? Worth the sub money? Thats a joke really.
Mar 23rd 2012 2:04PM So basicly - there is no guaranty that ppl with annual pass will get in at launch of Diablo 3. They will piss alot of ppl off that way but the reasoning is exactly the same. You did not "buy" the game so you can wait few more days while we handle those that bought the game straight up.
Nowhere in the entire text of this contract does it say that players will get instant access to D3. But ppl do expect it - just like they did with MOP based on the general, overall wording of the text.
Mar 21st 2012 5:32PM Wahahahahaha... they addin the third dev to the team ?
Now - if pandas were not a joke in MOP... then this is defently the best joke Ive heard for a very long time!
Vanguard going FTP
Mar 21st 2012 3:02PM Why I dont play SWTOR.... Because EA/Bioware does not support the game in half of EU.