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Bless Unleashed Beta After Thought

Beast Gamer Kuma

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Mmo’s are a very wonderful thing. They help you to explore new worlds with friends without ever leaving your home. Which brings me to Bless Unleashed, this fantasy mmo that brings the user into the generic conflict of a bad guy wanting revenge for being exiled. Story wise it is very bland, I basically skipped through most of the dialogue as it offered nothing new for me to pay attention.

DC Universe Online Goes to the Switch

Beast Gamer Kuma

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You read that right, DC Universe Online is coming to the Nintendo Switch which I am not totally shocked. The information was just announced like, “Oh hey guys, yea DC Universe coming out for the switch….bye!” (Laughs) Either way, more reason to get the Switch as Nintendo is blowing up with massive content on this console. Since it is mobile it gives it a slight advantage, but don’t get too excited when it comes to DC Universe Online because it is an online game. A strong internet connection would be needed. 

Fallout 76 Update and bug Fix Details

Beast Gamer Kuma

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So, check this out vault hunters! I have honestly come late to the game about a week behind. There have been problems of course which I thought were going to get patched quick. However, noticing some of the issues it came apparent that Fallout 76 has way too many to be fixed right away. Recently Bethesda just released patch notes that hopefully will fix some the issues we have faced.

Class Systems in Defiance 2050

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This is something new with Defiance, having a class system changes the game entirely. This week the developers have shared an interesting video showcasing 4 classes for you the ark hunters to choose from.

Defiance 2050 Closed Beta Impression

Beast Gamer Kuma

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It is weird to think about your own planet being terraformed to shape into something new. Could you imagine waking up one day to see ships that came out of the sky and comets falling down that just changes the surface of Earth? Welcome to the new world of Defiance 2050 or rather the return since the last Defiance came out in 2013, but sadly the show doesn’t come with it. This is our preview thoughts on the closed beta.

Elder Scrolls Online – Morrowind Patch Notes Released

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Hey dudes and dudettes, breaking news.

New patch notes have been released for the new update coming on June 6th. All of these are active on the Public Test Server.

Tera Coming to PS4 and Xbox One

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The famed free-to-play MMORPG Tera is making moves to the consoles sometime in 2017. I have only had brief encounters with the game, mostly because I was waiting for the brawler class which was dedicated to only the female gender for some reason and honestly it was a fun class to get into. Tera is an MMORPG developed by Korean Studio Bluehole which was later released in the US on PC in May of 2012. I will admit that the first thing that caught my eye was the visuals of the characters and the huge monster battles you would have to get into and of course the later announced brawler class. I still don’t know why that was gender specific. Check out the announcement trailer.

The Dark Knight Joins Black Desert Online

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New announcement coming from Kakao Games Black Desert Online will feature a new class the black knight which you can start customizing today. It will be officially available on March 1 and here we have a video showcasing the new class. Take a look!

J!NX Releases ‘Warcraft’ Movie Apparel & Accessories

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The one thing I love most about being a gamer is the side accessories and apparel that comes from many video games. I do not care if you are Horde or Alliance, it is all about Warcraft at this point and the many people that love the franchise. Just an FYI I am Horde because Alliance has nothing but pretty characters. In that J!NX is now releasing a huge line of Warcraft accessories and apparel for you the fans and of course in time for the upcoming movie coming out on June 10th of this year. Let’s check out some of the merchandise.

Millions of Players Return to World of Warcaft

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World of Warcraft has been running for 10 years, and in that time has become the most successful MMORPG of all time. It holds the world record in terms of subscribers, and with over 10 billion dollars grossed as of July 2012 it is also the most profitable game of all time. During the decade the servers have been live the game has seen its share of successes, but also some dwindling numbers in subscribers in the later years. It is only natural that some players will lose interest after years of grinding, raiding and repeating battlegrounds. However, with the launch of the newest expansion Warlords of Draenor, the game has enticed millions of players to return to the world of Azeroth.

When the game launched in 2004 not even Blizzard anticipated the overwhelming success the game would have. MMOs were not a mainstream genre of games and usually not created with the ‘casual’ gamer in mind. World of Warcraft was a revolution in the genre, appealing to the hardcore and the casual player alike as well as being easily accessible to players of all ages. The game reached 1 million subscribers only a few months after the initial release, and the numbers kept rising at a steady pace for the next couple of years.

In early 2007, Blizzard released the first expansion pack for World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. At the launch of the expansion, the game had 8 million subscribers. The game reached the 10 million subscribers milestone in January 2008, and the numbers were still climbing. At the release of the Wrath of the Lich King the game had 11.5 million subscribers. The number held steady until October 2010 when Blizzard announced that the total global subscriber count had reached 12 million. This is where the number peaked, however. A few months after the release of Cataclysm in December 2010 the numbers started going down at a steady pace. In July 2012 the game had lost 3 million subscribers, making the new total 9.1 million. A few players came back with the next expansion Mists of Pandaria in September 2012 and the game again hit the 10 million mark. MoP wasn’t the success that Blizzard had hoped for, and subscriber numbers fell dramatically to 6.8 million by June 2014. However, while 6.8 might seem low compared to the incredible 12 million the game had some years before, it’s still a much higher number than any MMO has achieved before it. Even with almost half the subscriber base it once had, WoW was still the most popular MMO in terms of subscribers.

After the announcement of the fifth and latest expansion set, Warlords of Draenor, World of Warcraft finally saw a positive development. Shortly before the WoD release the number of subscribers were up to 7.4 million, suggesting that many players came back to get their characters ready for the new expansion. A short month after the release, WoW is now back to 10 million subscribers, the highest rating since late 2012. This means that at least 3.2 million players rushed back to the game in less than 6 months.

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I’ll take this over cute Kung-Fu Pandas any day!

There are a number of reasons why this sudden influx of players decided to come back. The first being the appeal of the setting and story of Warlords of Draenor. While many argue that Cataclysm was probably the weakest of the expansions, there are still many that didn’t find the concepts of Mists of Pandaria very enticing either. WoD is taking a darker approach (especially when compared to the cute Kung-Fu pandas in MoP), while opening new and interesting possibilities by introducing a new timeline and new badass characters. There has also been many players belonging to the Horde faction that has complained for a very long time that all major storylines have been mostly focused on the Alliance. This expansion gives them what they have been wishing for. I know a lot of people who had quit playing WoW who decided to come back as soon at they saw the WoD trailer, so well done to Blizzard for taking feedback to heart and creating an expansion with such a wide appeal.

The second big reason I believe that people are coming back is that Blizzard have implemented ways to make it very easy to get started with WoD, even if you haven’t played the game in years. Personally, I was very interested in WoD but I hadn’t played the game in 4 years. If I was to come back to WoW I would have to buy 3 expansions in addition to renewing my subscription. That was something I simply could not afford, so I put the idea to rest. Imagine my surprise then when I realized that Blizzard had given -all- exisiting WoW accounts that had ever been created (active or not) a free upgrade to the MoP expansion. This meant that I only had to buy the new expansion, renew my subscription and I was in. There was no way I could resist the temptation any longer, and I now count myself as one of the 3.2 million that came back these last few months. Well played, Blizzard. Well played!

Of course, getting the free upgrade might not be enough for some people. Even if you can get right back into WoD, your character might still be a much lower level. The idea of having to level from, say, level 70 to 90 before getting into the new WoD areas could be a deal breaker. But fear not! Blizzard has included one free character boost to level 90 when you buy the expansion. So if you want to get back in the game has not only been upgraded for free, but you also get to instantly level your main character to 90. Its an instant access to WoD for all of us!

Blizzard has been going out of their way to entice new players to come back, and make it easy for brand new players to get to the endgame. It certainly seems to be working when judging by the numbers. Whether all these returning players will stay longer or not remains to be seen, but it certainly looks positive for Blizzard going in to the new year.

How about your own experience with WoW? Did you return for WoD? Did Blizzard play you as easily as they did me? And do you think the numbers will hold up in 6 months time? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.