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.