Yesterday Blizzard expanded their ‘Scroll of Resurrection’ program and by expand it I mean they buffed it to old Ret Pally proportions. What once was just a standard ‘Welcome Back’ type program, now gives the former player seven days of free playtime, one character boosted automagically to 80, free realm transfers, free faction transfers and a free copy of Cataclysm!
If this is not a desperation move by a company bleeding subs at an astounding rate, I don’t know what is. The first move, giving away a free copy of Diablo 3 for a year WoW sub, was bad enough but this is taking it to an entire new level. After two mediocre expansions and a design philosophy that has killed the old feeling of a living world, WoW is finally feeling the burn of bad decision after bad decision.
I don’t buy that SW:ToR, Rift or GW2 is killing WoW. Blizzard did this all by their lonesome. They are now reaping the consequences of killing ‘Vanilla’ WoW and changing it to what we see today; a game with no server community, no open world interaction, no server rivalries. A game that has become a virtual chat room while waiting for the next mini-game to pop.
I could not be happier and the MMO world will be much better off for it.