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World of Warcraft's Subscribers Decline and Blizzard Promises Quicker Expansions
2011/05/10 at 12:41 AM
Activision Blizzard earnings call
touched on quite a lot of World of Warcraft and its future as well as a little bit of Diablo III news.
During the call, Blizzard Entertainment's CEO mentioned that subscriber levels had fallen down to 11.4 million this March from its former peak of 12 million. Initially, this seems staggering, but it's important to remember that subscriber levels do not decline linearly and tend to fluxuate. Furthermore, it actually makes quite a bit of sense given two factors: RIFT's launch in March and the absense of a major content patch at that point of time. The new and shiny feeling of Catalysm was disappearing by March and we've only just gotten a new patch a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, 4.1 was fairly light on content for a patch--luckily Firelands will be this summer and it looks much beefier, so it's likely a lot more people will resubscribe to check it out at that point.
In response to the declining subscriber levels, Blizzard has
made some promises for WoW development speeds
News Roundup: World of Warcraft 4.1.0A Fast Patch Notes, Blizzard Posts
2011/05/05 at 1:11 PM
Blizzard has just released a minor live client patch that includes a few major bugfixes that couldn't simply be hotfixed. In addition, Blizzard poster Slorkuz talks PvP as angry forumgoers point out that they're basically never going to be happy with PvP balance in WoW. And life goes on...
Notes for all World of Warcraft patches can be found
Patch 4.1 hotfixes can be found
Fixed an issue that sometimes caused player to disconnect when zoning into another location.
The title Blackwing's Bane awarded for defeating Nefarian on Heroic difficulty is now selectable again by characters who have earned it.
The targeting reticule should no longer disappear when players cast spells.
Resolved some issues that were causing Movement Enforcement Errors.
Resolved an issue affecting death knight runes after switching specializations.
Party member positions should show up corr
News Roundup: Hotfixes (May 2-4), Hippogryphs on the Ground, and More
2011/05/04 at 11:32 PM
Just a few new Blizzard posts today in the midst of all of the exciting 4.2 PTR goodies! Blizzard has snuck in a handful of Cataclysm hotfixes, the iDevice / Android Mobile Armory app now features (for a limited time) free guild chat for all realms, and Blizzard posters tackle player concerns such as allowing all flying mounts to function as ground mounts in "no-fly" zones and more! Check out the full Blizzard posts after the break!
News Roundup: Ask the Devs #7, Wowhead Contest Winners, and Dungeon Journal Preview
2011/05/02 at 11:51 AM
Ask the Devs just started to take questions for their seventh installment and this time it's all about professions! Let's hope we get some better questions and answers than last week; it'd be interesting to see Blizzard's insight into balancing professions and their thoughts on archaeology in particular. EU players
can ask in this thread
while US players
should ask over here
4.2 Dungeon Journal FAQ
There's a new preview for the new Dungeon Journal feature that's supposed to be hitting World of Warcraft in 4.2. Sadly it doesn't tell us too much--essentially this feature looks like it will provide content a lot of fansites do, showing bosses and their abilities as well as providing an overview of an instance. Seems like it will be great for newer players, but more experienced ones will still prefer to use websites and forums for their information. It should be of an enormous help to pick-up groups, though. We can't wait for more information about it, so here's to hoping it gets a bigger preview soon!
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Blizzard Reveals Legendary Staff: Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest
2011/04/28 at 2:15 PM
Blizzard have finally posted details on the legendary-quality staff coming in Patch 4.2,
Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest
In order to be eligible for the quest chain, a player must first have defeated all encounters of Blackwing Descent, The Bastion of Twilight, and the Throne of the Four Winds, and quest content will require Firelands raid progress (obviously).
Upon completion of the legendary staff, all members of the guild participating in its creation will receive a unique non-combat pet!
In addition to being incredibly awesome (no doubt), the staff also "bestows upon its wielder the ability to transform into a member of the Blue Dragonflight". Whatever this means, it's also incredibly awesome.
What are you waiting for, check out the full preview!
Ever since the death of the Dragon Aspect Malygos, the blue dragonflight has struggled with appointing a new leader. Its members are now torn between the two likeliest successors: Kalecgos, who champions reconciliation with other races; and Arygos, a scion of Malygos who believes that his kind should withdraw from the wo
4.2 Firelands Preview: Bosses, Dragonwrath, and More
2011/04/28 at 11:18 AM
Blizzard is heating things up with more 4.2 previews after
yesterday's stunning videos
were released. This time, they're here to tell us about each boss in Firelands and tease us a little about the new caster DPS legendary:
Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa’s Rest
. Apparently not only will the legendary reward those who receive it, it will also reward the entire guild with a unique non-combat vanity pet!
But wait--they're not stopping there with this preview! According to Blizzard, besides having seven new bosses, 4.2 will also have new mounts, achievements, guild challenges, and a new tier of gear as well as weapons. All in all, it looks like this is warming up to be a really good patch. Hopefully it will be one that serves as this expanion's Ulduar; memorable and rewarding for all ranges of players.
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