January 23, 2009
Blizzard have been my number one game developer for a long time. Way before world of warcraft came out. All in all, they have made rock solid titles everytime. I cant recall a bad game from em at all. One of there absolute strongest points, have been there drive to perfektionism. They have never ever, been afraid to delay a game, because they didnt feel it was quiet right/done yet. It aint good to delay, but if I know the game will be perfect (or as close as it can get) by the delay. I can live with it. And I like that better, than an unfinished product.
But blizzard have let me down lately, with precise that. I will come with some of the issues I have had. It all started when Wrath was about to hit the shelfes.
After some time in the expansion, I think the expansion is to small. I think that deep inside blizzard would have like to had more content in it. The levelling is good, alot better than it ever have been. It's the endgame that worries me. Not that it is to easy, thats another discussion. What worries me is the amount. 2 bosses, which is single boss instances. Satharion and Malygos. And a raid instance which is a remake of an old instance. Thats it. Ofc there is wintergrasp, but that is PVP. And as far as I know, World of warcraft is still a game with priority on PVE. Im disapointed.
Was they in some way rushed to release it before time ?
Because of the release of WAR ? I doubt it, deep inside I dont think that blizzard was afraid of the release of WAR. WAR have never been a WOW killer, you need more than that to be able to threatend WOW.
Because they had to have it out to christmas sale ? I truely believe christmas or not, the game would sell just as good.
Because of there new big brother, having more to say than blizzard state ? This is where I lay my cards, I may think that even though blizzard would have liked to delay the expansion a bit. Activision have had a good deal to do with getting the game out when it did. Maybe because they thought some of the above, was a good reason.
Next up, we have another disapointment. Patch 3.0.8. A patch alot have been looking forward too. The patch after the expansion, normally have alot of fixes to game stuff, that have been coming up after alot of people is closing in on the endgame. And are exploring the new stuff in the classes. But what a disapointment. What the patch have brought, is just more bugs. Arena is down, Wintergrasp is down. There is reports of lag all over the net. People getting thrown out of instances. Bugs on old spells like summoning from warlocks. It really smeels undone, untested and so un-blizzard. Whats happening ?
Is it Activision that have such a big influence on blizzard, and for now in a very bad way ?
Is it the worldwide financiel crisis ? Maybe not a blizzard, but there bigbrother, draining the positive numbers out of blizzard ?
Are the good developers on new assignments, for new games ? Leaving WOW in a state to get worse and worse, and in the end loose its popularity. Or am I painting the devil on the wall ?
I really have no real answer, but blizzard have one customer and long time fan, which is sitting blogging with a disapointment in his stomach. Growing with the speed if the un-blizzard like things they do for the time being continue.
Am I alone on this one ?
Written by - Posh kl. 10:27