WOW still "the best MMO out there" says Blizzard

Blizzard already planning out fifth and sixth expansion packs following Mists of Pandaria

World of Warcraft might be slowing down, but it's still considered the 800lb gorilla in the MMO space by many. To keep its players interested, Blizzard has already gone on record to confirm that yet another expansion pack will follow the fourth major launch for the title, Mists of Pandaria. The currently planned pack has only just entered beta testing, and has no firm release date, and a sixth pack is being discussed.

Blizzard COO Paul Sams sat down with CVG, detailing much of Blizzard's plans for World of Warcraft in a slowing environment. "I got the pitch from [Blizzard senior vice president of creative development Chris Metzen] of what they plan for 6.0 and I'm pretty geeked up about it. They already know what they're going to be doing for multiple expansions ahead."

"I think the future of World of Warcraft continues to be bright and I think Mists of Pandaria is going to breathe huge life into what I believe is the best MMO out there," he offered, acknowledging the sales dip. "I think the number of people we have playing and the level of enthusiasm they have for the game suggests that to be the case."

While not at its peak of over 12 million players just two years ago, World of Warcraft is still hovering at a respectable 10.2 million monthly subscribers. Blizzard recently admitted that EA's Star Wars did have an impact on their subscriber numbers, but the studio still has no plans to use the freemium model.

Blizzard is also hard at work on their next title that many believe will replace World of Warcraft. Those plans might or might not have been disrupted over recent layoffs that removed 600 employees from the company earlier this year.

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Pier Castonguay Programmer 5 years ago
If others MMOs would actually innovate instead of copying it maybe it wouldn't be the case. Big hopes for Guild Wars 2.
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany5 years ago
Not strange; seven years of content addition and expansions makes it the richest one out there.

The only bad thing is the hard-packed-elitist-jerks immature community, not the most part but problematic enough.
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Graham Simpson Tea boy, Collins Stewart5 years ago
Activision said no developers at Blizzard were affected by the recently announced spring clean. More right sizing the WOW support network less Game Masters etc etc
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Joshua Rose Executive Producer / Lead Designer, Storm Eagle Studios5 years ago
I was one of those 'lost' to the SWTOR MMO. Not just because I've been wating for it for over three years, but things have really gotten stale in WoW. PvP is horrid, bossfights are meh, and it's the same gear grind to fight bigger bosses that do the same thing rehashed, only to get more gear, to fight bigger bosses.

A friend of mine got me to look back at Age of Conan too. Now AoC got a really bad rap on release due to a tremendous number of people being totally unable to play the game on release. Beacuse of this, their sales and subs went down faster than a crack head outta cash. Once they finally got everything working, they never got that second chance from most players.

I never played it on release, but in playing it now I can honestly say that's the most innovative MMO I've played to date in the hack-n-slash genre. The combat system was just brilliant. It was like playing an Elder Scrolls game, with a couple more buttons. This gave a whole new level of challenge to PVP (and I'm all about pvp), because you can't just target your enemy, run around and push buttons... Your attacks can be more or less effective depending on your opponents use of the active shield system (another brilliant idea although not widely used), and if you're facing the wrong way during a combo, your hit's may not have any effect at all. So you can't just dance around like a monkey and hope to kill things. I tip my had to funcom in both apology and affirmation for AoC. Apology that they had such a horrible release, and affirmation that they really did a great job on the game. But a bad release is a bad release none the less.

I haven't read much about it myself, but I've heard good things about Guild Wars 2. I also read they had a beta this past weekend. So it will be interesting to see a story on the site here about it.

Back to the topic at hand. Yes WoW is still an 800 lb gorilla standing in the way of any newcomers, but true fans of MMO's will almost always try new ones when they have a chance at a free trial, or at the very least they will keep up with the development process in anticipation. There are still many MMO's to come that have not been tested by the gorilla... The first few that come to mind (other than GW2) are the Elder Scrolls MMO, the supposed Fallout MMO from rumors a few years ago, the supposed Warhammer 40k MMO from THQ, and a few others that I forgot to mention.
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