In the wake of Guild Wars 2 Blizzard is about to launch another 5 levels and a new starting area. While the Pandarens might be a novelty the question is,are they enough of a novelty to draw in new players? Will the pandering Pandarens bring back players who have moved on?.
The first advertisement that crossed our news feed was “Prepare for Pandaria with 7 Days of free game time.” This time Blizzard has their word cut out from them and releasing the “Mists of Pandaria” patch on ArenaNet’s launch day isn’t going to solve the problem. The Pandaren Monk that crosses our email tells us we can come back for free for 7 days. “But what about after that?” we ask. At this point the giant anthropomorphic panda shuffles his feet and says quietly “You will have to cough up the protection money…er…subscription fee after that.”
To us it is a case of the old song “How are you going to keep them down on the farm..” The new version would be something like “How are you going to keep them down on the farm after they have seen Guild Wars 2?” Guild Wars 2 and The Secret World made quest hubs a thing of the past. Guild Wars 2 made the famous trinity of class (tank, healer, dps) a thing of the past. The Secret World lets players switch between roles between fights. Both games get rid of the whole “us versus them”/”Horde vs. Alliance” thing. In the case of Guildwars they have server versus server warfare.
At this point Blizzard has no hope of getting my $40.00 plus $16.00 per month – despite that the pleading letters from pandering pandas.
See you online,