There's been one constant in my six years of writing for WoW Insider -- everyone thinks something is going to kill WoW
. Off the top of my head there's been Warhammer Online, Star Wars, Guildwars 2, Oblivion, Rift, Aion, Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy
(again), The Secret World
, and a bankrupt project by 38 Studios. Many of those have gone free to play, have been shuttered, or have a fraction of a fraction of the WoW
playerbase enjoying them. Nothing has ever turned into a threat.
Enter stage right: WildStar
and Elder Scrolls Online
Can you hear me yawn?
There's a certain segment of the population that will always think the next thing is going to kill of WoW
. And one day they'll be right -- after all something has to be The Next Big Thing. That's just a universal truth about time and existence, empires are created and empires fall. The World of Warcraft
seems to have a longer shelf life than anyone thought, and with the uptick in subscriptions and (from personal experience) a significant uptick in interest, the death of WoW
seems to have been put off, once again, for quite a long time.
I'm curious though, is this opinion shared? I look at all this "WoW killer" talk and just yawn. Even there, just typing it out made me yawn. Let's answer a poll so I can go get some coffee and not yawn about these latest shiny things:
Do you even care about 'WoW killers' anymore?
|Yes, I care about them||914 (10.4%)|
|No, I don't care about them||7843 (89.6%)|
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