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Posted: Jan 6th 2012 7:10PM J45neoboy said

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We'll see where the game is by the end of this year, it won't die off too quickly though. Doubt we'll see the numbers like we saw last year. I hope I'm proven wrong though,

Posted: Jan 6th 2012 7:52PM (Unverified) said

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@J45neoboy
I fully expect to see worse numbers than last year. There may not have been a lot of content coming out, but there was some. How bad is it going to be during a year that there is no content being released? I would imagine at least 2 million.
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Posted: Jan 8th 2012 5:44AM bobfish said

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Something to keep in mind, whilst Blizzard announced a decline in subscribers last year, the Chinese service for WoW actually grew. So even though the game is still getting bigger in China it lost people globally, which means it lost a lot of people from Europe and North America.
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Posted: Jan 8th 2012 11:54PM (Unverified) said

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You may want to rethink that. For the Q3 confernce call with investors, they said their biggest losses were in the east. Yes, the Q1 numbers were from the west, but China hated Wrath. They moved them off it in like 6 or 7 months onto Cataclysm and that seems to be bombing there as well.
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Posted: Jan 6th 2012 7:14PM eLdritchZ said

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with the gear spirally nature of the game it is pretty disgusting that they still want any money at all for Wrath of the Lich King... 20 old world bucks for 10 levels... really???

Posted: Jan 6th 2012 7:17PM edgecrusherO0 said

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This says very little about the health of the game overall. Price drops a year or three after the launch of a game are extremely common. I'm waiting till the earnings call before I make any judgements (although I expect another drop in subscriber numbers).

Posted: Jan 6th 2012 7:25PM (Unverified) said

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Development has got down right lazy, Carebear island sounds like the final end of Wow.

Posted: Jan 7th 2012 1:42AM Utakata said

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...or Raidcore Island, depending on who the devs want to appeal too per expansion.
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Posted: Jan 6th 2012 7:32PM yeppers said

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Stuff like this happens with WoW every time another popular MMO nears launch. Rift, SWtoR, and now GW2.

It probably doesn't help that a lot of people thought they were joking when they announced the next expansion was "Mists of Pandaria" and the official YouTube vid has an equal amount of likes and dislikes.

They're going to have a tough time hyping their product unless they start giving it away for free.



Posted: Jan 6th 2012 7:46PM Tizmah said

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I wonder if I'll still be alive when they finally take WoW offline.

Posted: Jan 8th 2012 6:31PM drunkingamebar said

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@Tizmah do you play in the street a lot, or what?
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Posted: Jan 6th 2012 7:48PM (Unverified) said

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With Wrath they never lowered the price till now. Now they lower not only Wrath's price but Cataclysm as well. Sounds like there is some worry in Azeroth.

Posted: Jan 8th 2012 10:20PM Cyroselle said

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@(Unverified) Or some sense finally. The cost for a new player to pick this game up and being able to play with your friends is pretty prohibitive. Bringing the price down of the release and all its expansions has be long over due.
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Posted: Jan 9th 2012 12:10AM (Unverified) said

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It made sense before at the higher price. I find it amusing how people give these backhanded insults to companies and suggest they are to stupid to do business though they have been extremely successful.

The prices were never lowered before because they didn't need to be lowered. People were willing to pay. For YEARS people have screamed "if you just lower your price so many of my friends would join", but the amusing thing is, whenever they have these sales for a few weeks every year where you can get all of WoW, every expansion, for a total of around $30, you never see a bump in subscriptions.

The reason they are lowering the price now is because they have to. They have lost subs now for 3 straight quarters immediately following an expansions release. That gives a public perception of the game being in decline. The Annual Pass where you get D3 for free is you pay for WoW is an obvious attempt to blunt lose as few subscribers as possible during the next 10-11 months until MoP is released. So yes, they are lowering the prices because they are worried about their subscription numbers.
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Posted: Jan 6th 2012 7:50PM (Unverified) said

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Oh boy, price drops on the Blizzard Store.
Too bad it's all still MUCH cheaper EVERYWHERE ELSE.

Posted: Jan 6th 2012 7:55PM smartstep said

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Finally Blizzard products have to have price cuts as well.

Time for their products to start having fight for a client like everybody else.

Posted: Jan 6th 2012 8:27PM Mikx said

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From headline my first thought was the subscription fee was reduced. That would be shocking.

Posted: Jan 6th 2012 9:16PM J45neoboy said

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@Mikx

If they reduced the sub feed to 10$ a month, I'd definitely give it a go once more to see the updates and changes. But right now, I'm perfectly happy in TOR.
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Posted: Jan 7th 2012 1:02AM (Unverified) said

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when D3 launches i will be playing that until GW2 and then i most likely will be spending all my time on GW2

Posted: Jan 7th 2012 2:20AM SgtBaker1234556 said

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I've always been wondering why Blizzard doesn't bundle their old expansions, but then again - each of these expansions has broken PC-game sales records and sold quite nicely, so they're probably still selling quite well in comparison to other games of same era.

Lich King released in the end of 2008, other games released that year were things like Left 4 Dead, Mario Cart, Gears of War 2 etc. And while you can find those in the cheap bins (like WotLK), the official retail prices are still somewhat expensive.

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