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Posted: Jul 22nd 2011 11:11AM Meurik said

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If the leakded "product slate" is accurate, that means the 4th expansion to WoW is due sometime in the 1st half of 2012. Making Cataclysm the shortest lived expansion of WoW so far.

Posted: Jul 22nd 2011 11:12AM j1083 said

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@Meurik Well, seeing as Cataclysm is the weakest expansion so far, maybe that's a good thing.
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Posted: Jul 22nd 2011 11:47AM Eamil said

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@Meurik

They may have been planning it that way but somehow I have my doubts that it will actually happen.
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Posted: Jul 22nd 2011 11:50AM Meurik said

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@j1083

Indeed. Played the game for 5.5 years, and enjoyed it (for the most part). Within 1.5 month of Cataclysm's release, I was utterly bored with the game. Quit the game 6 months ago, and have no plans to return anytime soon.
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Posted: Jul 22nd 2011 1:12PM j1083 said

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@Meurik Pretty much my experience exactly. I played WoW since launch day. A week into Cataclysm and I was ready to unsub forever. More of the same (and not much of it) doesn't cut it, particularly from someone with income/subscribers as obscene as WoW has.
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Posted: Jul 22nd 2011 11:18AM (Unverified) said

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i was under the understanding that was the expansion where they release the fight against deathwing itself. Yes Cataclysm has been very disapointing. the firelands expac is nothing but a grind for gear that will be replaced when the deathwing encounter is released.

Posted: Jul 22nd 2011 12:39PM Borick said

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@(Unverified) I've tried to hold out. I can't stand WoW anymore, but it's the game that I play with my daughter and she's still too young to want to ditch her investment and try something new.

Any desire I had to do group content was snuffed out by Cataclysm's return to hardcore sport-like team play.

Firelands dailies are... horrible. As a daily quest hub it's nowhere near as polished as the Quel Danas dailies at the end of Burning Crusade, and the token system makes no attempt to obfuscate the 'grind' aspect.

What I don't get is how in the Hell the Blizzard team got the idea that people wanted to 'step up their game'.





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Posted: Jul 22nd 2011 11:19AM BigAndShiny said

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I think Blizz have 2 options
1) Announce a major major upgrade to
-graphics
-content
-storytelling
-features

This I consider the 'fighting' approach. Actively looking to compete in terms of graphics and features with upcoming MMOs

2) More of the same.

Kind of resigning to it's fate, but it still has a ton of subs so I think they'll go slowly and gracefully. However, with this route I would expect to see merges during 2012

Posted: Jul 22nd 2011 11:48AM Eamil said

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@BigAndShiny

The game doesn't really need a massive graphics overhaul. They need to revisit the vanilla character models and bring them up to par with the newer races, but that's it.
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Posted: Jul 22nd 2011 11:26AM yeppers said

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Wow. This is ABOUT TIME! There was so much anti-BR / anti-US banter on Gurubashi's trade chat years ago it ruined the game for a lot of people.

Posted: Jul 22nd 2011 11:41AM aurickle said

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@yeppers
I'm one of those people. It got really vile. I don't see anything in this announcement that there will be Brazilian servers, but it's probably a safe bet that there will be.

Although getting players to leave Gurubashi and go to the dedicated Brazilian servers may not be easy. Even if they provide free transfers, there will still be resistance from some entrenched players.
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Posted: Jul 22nd 2011 11:29AM real65rcncom said

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oO They weren't there already?

Geez this game keeps finding new markets while most American gaming companies are sticking shivs in each other over a few hundred subs lol.

Yeah, WoW is dying all right. I'm not a WoW fan but I laugh everytime I see some moron type that and then look at their sales figures and subscription amounts.

Posted: Jul 22nd 2011 11:40AM Dratyan said

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@Fabius Bile

I'm from Brazil and I have to say that you are the retarded one for generalizing like that. I know some brazilians can be a pain in the ass but so can the almighty north-americans or europeans. I, for instance, remember having a lot more issues dealing with english-speakers' stupidity than with my compatriots', and I do play in the realm where most of us are(Warsong), so it's not like I don't run into brazilians often.

Posted: Jul 22nd 2011 11:42AM Dratyan said

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Good move, Blizzard! I'm from Brazil and paying $9 is better than paying $15 :P

Too bad WotLK and Cataclysm are still expensive when compared to worldwide prices...

Posted: Jul 22nd 2011 12:55PM Budukahn said

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@Dratyan

They're stupidly expensive everywhere. I've no idea about Brazilian currency, or how it compares against the dollar, euro or my own local pound, but if it's anything like the way it is in Europe, they're horrendously fleecing people with the prices they're selling Cataclysm and Wrath at.

Cataclysm especially is like selling somebody 9/10ths of a game and demanding they pay full price to see the last boss fight. Horrible disgusting business practices that give me pause from trying Warcraft again.
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Posted: Jul 22nd 2011 2:18PM paterah said

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@Budukahn I'm from Europe and Cataclysm is still €35 on their site lol...And it doesn't even include any gametime, which means if I want to start playing again I need at least €50.
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Posted: Jul 22nd 2011 11:55AM Furdinand said

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It'll be interesting to see how Blizzard makes female armor even skimpier.

Posted: Jul 22nd 2011 12:02PM dudes said

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Now SW:TOR has a release date, news of the next expansion may keep up interest in this game.

Vanilla player models getting an update would be nice news too.

Posted: Jul 22nd 2011 12:09PM Ehra said

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@Fabius Bile

"so stop defending the undefendable. maybe not all, but certainly a BIG chunk of your fellow brazilians are totally despicable when online."

"so yep, generalizing is bad. but sometimes the issue is so overwhelmingly widespread, that generalizing is inevitable and even warranted."

In that case, this is the pot calling the kettle black because the WoW community as a whole tends to present itself as a cesspool. Nationality has nothing to do with it.

Posted: Jul 22nd 2011 12:55PM Borick said

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@Fabius Bile This is an unfair stereotype, but I understand where it comes from.

Brazil doesn't have a culture of gaming like we have in the U.S. Gaming in Brazil is expensive and tends to draw the outskirters and disaffected. Many of the players about ten years behind the mainstream in adopting the gaming culture as anything relevant. Acting like douchebags is their way of expressing themselves.

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