If you’re playing the new, excellent World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, you might be interested to find out raiding officially starts this coming week. On Tuesday, December 2nd, the normal and heroic versions of the raid open, with the LFR first wing, and the new mythic setting opening a week later on December 9th. While this is saddening to me because I don’t have a normal raiding guild to hit the normals with, I am still looking forward to the LFR and their trashy versions of weapons and armor. So until I can find a group that fits my timetable, I look forward to sporting the crappiest looking armor in raiding, and hiding it all behind my transmog clown suit.
World of Warcraft has shown itself to be a resilient game. Once riding high on the subscriber numbers of the Wrath of the Lich King Expansion, the number of people paying their $15 a month has dropped off pretty steadily. After receiving an uptick of people paying up last year, it seems Blizzard’s title is back on the slow decline. Back in July, Blizzard said during an Activision earnings call that the game had lost some 600,000 subscribers, going from 8.3 million to 7.7 million. The earnings call today also reported a loss in subscribers, but nothing remotely as dire. World of Warcraft went from 7.7 million subscribers, to 7.6 million. While it sucks that 100,000 people are no longer paying their $15 a month (me being one of those people), that is still a lot of people paying for the privilege of snagging 15 moose pelts for a walrus man.
On the upside though, over 1 million people have pre-ordered the next WoW expansion, Warlords of Draenor. No doubt a lot of people did it for the Level 90 boost that comes with it, but that is exactly the kind of bonus that would get a lot of WoW fans buying early. If the pre-order number is any indication, it seems Blizzard will probably be reporting a good uptick in subscribers when Warlords of Draenor is eventually released.
Source: Game Informer
I haven’t really quit WoW. I have tried. Believe me, I have tried. There are just those times though, where you really don’t want to be doing anything, but yet you feel as if you should be doing something, no matter how easy or insignificant. So even though I often will throw the TV on and blindly level an alt, or go mount-hunting in Kara, I have not actually been playing WoW in some time. I still pay every month, I log on once every few days, but I don’t really play at all, but I play. Does that make sense? Kinda? Alright, good. Okay point is that the more I read about the new expansion, Warlords of Draenor, the more it seems like something that will get me back into WoW, perhaps actually doing endgame content in something other than a half-hearted LFR setting in which I die a lot because I cannot be bothered to pay attention. Why you ask?! Okay maybe you didn’t ask, but let’s talk about it anyway. Please can we? Thanks, you’re the best.
New Character Models: Those new models look friggin fantastic. WoW has never been a game about top end graphics, it has been more about finding a middle road that everyone can run. However, as the game has gone on, the engine has proven to be very adaptable, allowing for a lot more than I am sure Blizzard ever thought would be possible. The new races (Worgen, Goblins and Pandaren) all look fantastic and that is great, a real technical feat from Blizzard. However in making these races animate so well and be just so full of life, it has shone a huge spotlight on just how dated the older models are. Humans have always had horrible faces, but next to a Worgen, they just look worse. The Forsaken look silly now, and the Tauren are basically just a few stretched polygons. Blizzard is finally fixing this and from what has been revealed so far, the game is getting a fresh lease on life with the new models. Everyone is so animated, but retaining the style and overall feel of each race it seems. I cannot wait to see the options all my older toons have available to them when Warlords drops. Continue Reading