Blizzard has announced that World of Warcraft has reached a new milestone of 11.5 million players worldwide. Wrath of the Lich King made a new world record of sales upon launch, and nigh month and a half from its launch we see subscribers growing more. Of course, the new World of Warcraft TV ads may be responsible for the new subscribers.
|PARIS, France—December 23rd, 2008
Blizzard is monetizing World of Warcraft in interesting ways that do not affect gameplay or offer an advantage over other players. This time around you can change your character’s face, skin color and special markings. What’s next? Gender customization? Very likely.
A widespread alert has been issued to prevent fans from falling to a hoax email that impersonates a normal Blizzard email. This email invites you to join the World of Warcraft: Emerald Dream expansion Alpha Test. Be very cautious and do not click any links in that email to prevent keyloggers, trojan horses or malware. The purpose of these emails is to hi-jack your account by providing your account name and password.
Ghostcrawler acknowledged normal and heroic difficulty dungeons were designed to be easier than what players are used to from their experience in World of Warcraft classic and Burning Crusade. Blizzard wants everyone to experience the dungeons—and that’s something the majority of non-hardcore players have wanted for years. This allows everyone to see the content and the lore. Heroics technically should be harder and more aimed to the hardcore raiding guilds (in my opinion).
Ulduar is going to be another story. Ghostcrawler said it will be hard. Nothing about the dungeon has been revealed yet. However, rumors are abound that the final boss might be Yogg-Saron, since that was Loken’s master. Time will tell if the rumors are true. There was a hint that more dungeons will be coming out via content patches.