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News Round Up: World of Warcraft Loses Another 300k Subscribers and More
2011/08/03 at 4:19 PM
The awaited second-quarter call just happened and World of Warcraft is at 11.1 million subscribers, down another 300k from the last reported number. The previous quarter had reported a loss of 600k.
However, this doesn't mean revenues themselves are down or that Blizzard itself is in trouble.
Gamasutra reported today
on Activision Blizzard's second fiscal quarter earnings which were 53% higher than predicted. The company largely beat its expectations because of a large increase in digital sales company wide, which includes things like Blizzard's digital subscriptions and store. CEO Bobby Kotick followed up by saying that there would be continued investments in all of Blizzard's staple titles, including the upcoming unnamed MMO nicknamed Titan.
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Virtual BlizzCon Tickets Now on Sale
2011/08/02 at 8:24 PM
It seems that virtual BlizzCon tickets were put up today so I think I'd do a quick post to tip everyone off. A virtual ticket is the perfect way to watch BlizzCon unfold for cheap--and it also includes the in-game pet, which is Murkablo (
Murky's Little Soulstone
) this year.
They are $39.99 (
) and €29.99 (
) in their respective regions.
Want to experience the panel discussions, tournaments, game-related announcements, and all the excitement of BlizzCon 2011 from the comfort of your own home? Then be sure to check out
the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket
The BlizzCon 2011 Virtual Ticket is now available for purchase around the world for $39.99 USD (pricing may vary by region). Virtual Ticket coverage will be available as a multi-channel Internet stream and also via Pay-per-View on DIRECTV in the United States, granting viewers a front-row seat to all of the action on the show floor including exclusive interviews, demos, and more!
DIRECTV customers who order the Pay-per-View even
Blizzard Trademarks "Mists of Pandaria," Next Expansion?
2011/08/02 at 7:00 PM
Put on your tinfoil hats--it looks like an April Fools' joke may become a reality. Last week, Blizzard filed for a trademark for "Mists of Pandaria" under computer software. This is a common practice for the registration of expansion titles; for example, the Cataclysm was filed for trademark on June 26, 2009 and its domain was bought subsequently. Similarly, a Pandaria domain was also purchased last week.
This means that it's possible that the next expansion will be announced at BlizzCon and that it will be Mists of Pandaria.
Let the speculation run wild--what do you guys think? Is this our future expansion or a false alarm? Will the pandarens be a playable race for both sides, a neutral faction even though Blizzard has said that they like factions to be identifiable and distinct for horde and alliance? Or maybe their role will be more of a lore one, focusing on them as quest hubs and a central conflict?
Click here to see the official filing!
News Round Up: Diablo III Auction House News, BlizzCon Contests, and More
2011/08/01 at 2:33 PM
Finally, some news on Diablo III was posted overnight from Blizzard on
their official website
. The biggest news was that there will be an auction house that functions with real life money in addition to another auction house that is in-game currency only. They've posted FAQs about both features which tell you everything you need to know and we've included them below.
It's worth mentioning that this bombshell--real life money for items in Diablo III--has been received both extremely positively and extremely negatively. It's created a lot of debate and people are
divided about this. Personally, as a WoW fansite, we think this feature can potentially work for the Diablo series but should stay far away from World of Warcraft. However, that's just our personal opinion, and we welcome yours. We can see both sides of the debate clearly and understand people will have different view points.
Diablo III News
Diablo III Beta FAQ
What are your goals for this beta?
The primary reason for the Di
News Round Up: Heroic Firelands Hotfixes and More
2011/07/26 at 8:08 PM
There were a lot of changes to Firelands tonight--in particular, heroic Baleroc and Majordomo have significantly less HP along with changed fight dynamics.
Heroic 25-man Baleroc is now 196 million down from 217 million while heroic 25-man Majordomo is now 432 million health.
This seems like it's less of a nerf like we first reported and more of a "change."
For example, in addition to lowering health, on Baleroc they also reduced the rate at which stacks are gained from Torment. This makes the fight much harder to heal, requiring either two tanks or more healers from a usually one tank and four healer fight. This changes the fight's dynamic completely.
Heroic Ragnaros Kill Video
Making good on their promise to post their Ragnaros kill video after another guild downed the fight,
posted it tonight. Can you count how many healers they used? Hint: not many.
Diablo 3 Beta Slated For By September 30th
A MvP poster said that the beta is supposed to go live by September 30th on the forums today... While this isn't a Blizzard employee, it is someone who knows more than a regular poster would and
News Round Up: Blizzard at SDCC, More Twilight of the Aspects, and Feral Druids
2011/07/24 at 6:41 PM
Quick announcement: We are looking for Brazilian localizers who speak both Portuguese and English fluently so if you are one, send an email to
. If you applied in the past, feel free to reach out again and start up our email chain again.
In other more pertinent news, San Diego Comic Con was this weekend and there was a big Blizzard presence. Chris Metzen showed up with a panel of Blizzard writers and partners; there was a general presentation on the future of Blizzard's licensed products including comics and merchandise then there was an open question session where fans were able to ask Metzen about anything and everything from World of Warcraft.
His answers hinted towards Thrall's saga not being done yet--a possible return as warchief may be in the cards--and also a new focus on alliance in future novels. To help balance out the recent focus on horde, the next novel will be about Jaina Proudmoore. Check out
the transcript and video up at BlizzPlanet
as well as a more in-depth summary.
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