Can Blizzard Shock and Amaze Us with WoW?

Shock and Amaze? It’s a nice thought but come on, this is Blizzard. I’m sure you’re wondering what I mean by that statement.

First of all, I’m not taking a shot at WoW, its game play or the ‘up-and-coming’ new content. No, I’m speaking more of how things are run on the administrative side; specifically with regard to how often we see new expansion content for the game. And on that note:

Blizzard, without a more sarcastic way of putting it, dumps well made games and expansions on us. This is true enough, and I am not going to argue that point. However, with all the money Blizzard is pulling in from World of Warcraft (more than enough to allow their team to buy their third summer homes), for god’s sake give us more expansion content, and give it to us more often. Seriously, by the time the next expansion comes out all of us WoW players are freaking sick of the game again. We’ve closed our accounts and are debating on whether or not to start up again when new content is ready. Is there really any reason why can’t we be level 100 by now? Releasing expansion content more often keeps players playing and avoids us from grinding out SSC, BT and all the other raids countless times. More new content keeps us from burning out, getting bored or taking up origami to pass the time until the next expansion.

Back to the point at hand, those two magic words, “Shock” and “Amaze”… You can’t shock and amaze me with new Blizzard content information. No, you can only depress me. I just know they are going to try to suck every penny from the average WOW player, who is only going to be able to play the same content over and over and over again. No matter how good the content is, it gets old after you’ve played through it for the eleventy-billionth time.

Blizzard, if you really want to shock and amaze your WOW fan base, announce you are going to release an expansion pack every 6 months and use the huge wade of cash we sacrifice to you every month to do it. Don’t make us settle for having another 25 man raid dumped on us, or worse yet, another season of the Arena.

When Blizzard was talking about releasing an expansion pack every year, I felt that this would be a good model for them to follow. Simply put, one year per expansion is enough time for the hardcore folks to have powered through all the content several times, and the ‘casual raiders’ to have made at least a modicum of progression. One year in, a high percentage of TBC players had even gotten into Karazhan.

Unfortunately, we’re now almost 18 months removed from the release of The Burning Crusade, and we still don’t have a firm date for the release of Wrath of the Lich King. If The Burning Crusade’s release is any indication, we’ll see Lich King slated for a holiday release that ends up in early 2009, and that’s at least a year too late.

Blizzard, those of us who are faithful WoW players want to support you. We want to continue playing the game that we so enjoy. However, these enforced delays in the release of new content continue to push us away, and every time we have to cancel our accounts to wait for the new content to arrive, the likelihood that we won’t return increases. Keep that thought in the back of your minds as you plan for the third WoW expansion, and get it to us in a much more timely manner than the first two have been delivered in, even if it means you have to put off those extra payments on that overseas vacation home. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed in our response.

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12 Comments on Can Blizzard Shock and Amaze Us with WoW?


On June 30, 2008 at 7:04 am

hahahaha no.


On June 30, 2008 at 7:47 am

Lol. Me and my friend where talking about this earlier. It really is crap about how slow they are with the expansion pack, even for blizzard that’s still too slow. I quit playing wow about a year ago because for one I didn’t feel like spending hours and hours in raid instances just to have a new expansion pack come out that will have quest rewards that almost or did completely own the gear you can get out of raiding like BC did. Plus I don’t want to see 10 million death knights for one..

What does still annoy me is the “OMG Where is the wow killer?!”. The thing is wow will probably still be around for awhile and its own age will kill it. Yet the anti-wow people will assume that whatever MMO happens to be doing well at the time will be the “wow killer”. People don’t seem to get that in order for a game to be a true wow killer it not only has to do as “Great” as wow but has to spend as many or more years at that success that wow did.

I personally just want a good MMO that isn’t fantasy, one reason I am not really looking forward to Warhammer. Stargate MMO is supposed to be out this year but I don’t know, I love stargate but have yet played a MMO based of a tv/movie that didn’t suck imho.


On June 30, 2008 at 9:08 am

I got sick and tired of WoW cuz it didn’t give me very much… like omg the game is about getting dressed >< Yea sure it’s a story behind the game but I’m pretty sure that not many thinks about Illidans story when they loot the tier 6 tokens from him :P I’m pretty sure that Warhammer will put WoW at the bottom when it comes cuz that game will rock for sure ^^ And I hope that I will gain more joy playing Warhammer then WoW will ever give me.


On June 30, 2008 at 9:37 am

Since there are millions of people happy to keep paying blizzard for no new content why would they bother? I played Burning Crusade for a total of 2 months, then I stopped subscribing. Unfortunately there are a lot of people with more money then sense that they can happily keep subscribing even when not playing.

Dr Obey

On June 30, 2008 at 9:49 am

Blizzard has a simple formula. Make raids, release them slow enough for casual players to worship but never achieve what they want from them, and hardcore players to bore themselves to tears. PVP has always been an afterthought to the WoW experience, every battleground is some variant of capture the flag either in stationary or runaround form. Solution: Drop them and stick to it. Blizzard is releasing Diablo III and Starcraft II, they’re clearly preparing for the death of WoW.

WAAGGGHH!! anyone?


On June 30, 2008 at 10:15 am

Maybe it just takes along time to make some more content. Ever think about that? You could have a billion dollars, that still doesn’t make development go any faster. Modern society is too damn impatient.


On June 30, 2008 at 10:18 am

Yeah, as Dr Obey has said. I’m going to play Warhammer Online. Seeing as it was made for PVP and such. I also like the idea of a community based game were if I do something if effects the whole world.

WoW was good, but then it got basic.


On June 30, 2008 at 11:10 am

It was good but its not now. AoC Is way better.


On June 30, 2008 at 11:19 am

AoC is better just because you say so? Amazing!

Davn Kincade

On June 30, 2008 at 11:40 am


I think WoW is getting long in the tooth to be honest, i’m not certain if this new content will be able to bring anything substantial to it.


On June 30, 2008 at 1:38 pm

understanding that its been awhile since the expanion has come out just think!

new raids and bosses:think about all of the time it toke just to think out the lich king battle and the frozen throne raid!(so i belive it’s the frozen throne)

creating 10 more lvl’s of quests,intances,raids,battlegrounds,arenas,and the new class the Deathknight,knowing that about everyone will at lest try the new class(including me)

if ur bored (in saying this make the other charicture on the other side) make a horde or alliance guy or try a new class or race

make a FARMING CHARICTURE! to make money for the new expanion(for armor and stuff) or for other charictures

go on another sever and explore the differances!

and thinking positives at lest there wont be a gajillion ret paladins on the horde that seem to kik the crap out of you in bg’s except AV usally because we out number you somehow and the fact most of us will be questing to lvl 80 or helping friends lvl up

the bad new for u alliance guys out there (or horde) now instede of paladins(aka a ly bad dps class)the mostly dps speced DEATHKNIGHTS! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

and in turn a gajillion dps speced deathknights will kik the crap out of u(in spellcasting or melee)insted of a gajillion blood elf ret pally’s :mrgreen:

so STOP COMPLANING GUYS!!! yah and how many guilds have beat sunwell platue yet
(well atlest on my sever)NO ONE!!!!!!!

so if u dont like my review u can just run and play warhammer cuz u cant stand waiting

but in the end……warhammer’s fate will be the same

P.S. FYI:if u got bored of it that quick u must have played 112 hours strat for 3 weeks,started a new charicture,then repet untill u got bored :shock:

Eekeros of aggramar


On June 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm

They key is… we go back. So like every other WAH Make This MMO Change Because I said So! post, unless you rally people to quit, and go on strike, you’re not going to get from them. You will come back. They are happy with you quitting for three months before a new expansion, they have the other nine months worth of your subscription money and the same from the other ten million people that subscribe to the thing.

I just signed back up myself after the Diablo 3 announcement. I needed my Blizzard fix, and I’d been clean for about two or three months. I found it amusing that there hadn’t even been a hotfix since I had last played the game.

They don’t need to do anything, the only reason they’d do anything differently would be if they were hurting, and they aren’t. So us hardcore folks who really want to just have a raid a minute released, will be replaced by the casuals who get to take our spots in those high end guilds that they couldn’t get into before.

We are replaceable. Shut up and play, or don’t. Go spend your Fifteen bucks and watch Wall-E before it leaves the Theaters, you’ll be much much happier.