Postponed? Don’t care

By now everyone knows that the “Q&A” Blizz promised for June 6 has been postponed until June 13. Honestly, I don’t care. They could postpone it until August and I wouldn’t care, because it will be nothing but an hour of Hazzikostas spouting carefully scripted party lines interspersed with hard-hitting interviewer follow-ups from Lore, such as “Cool.” Actually, the longer they postpone it the better as far as I am concerned, because it will do nothing but increase my already huge dissatisfaction with a company that used to be great but is now just a gigantic money machine that arrogantly considers itself too big to fail. They are a company that has lost its soul.

It is crystal clear that World of Warcraft is the absolute lowest priority for Activision Blizzard.

Item: In response to a huge outpouring of rage over the decision to prohibit flying in the current and all future expansions, Blizz takes several days to finally respond with a begrudging promise to hold a “Q&A” session two weeks hence. As player outrage continues, Blizz pretty much officially ignores the whole subject.

Item: Two days before the scheduled session, Lore makes a short blue post in the designated Q&A forum announcing the session is postponed for another week.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The Q&A is being moved to Saturday, June 13, at 2:00 PM Pacific time (5:00 PM Eastern, 11:00 PM Central Europe), and I’ve updated the original post with the new schedule. The window of time to submit questions will be extended as well.

Look forward to seeing you then!

A company that gave a crap about their product would have at least given a reason for the postponement, especially in light of the huge player interest in it. The popular guess is that the June 6 date conflicted with the big Heroes of the Storm event, which if true just further shows where WoW ranks as far as Blizz is concerned. (Although the fact there was such a huge conflict to begin with makes one wonder: are they really that incompetent, or were they ineptly attempting to bury what will undoubtedly be a difficult session?)

Item: It has been months since Mike Morhaime, head of Blizz, has even mentioned WoW in any of his tweets. It is all HotS and Hearthstone. Not once has he weighed in to try and placate the enraged WoW player base. It is not something that even comes up in his priority list.

Item: Ghostcrawler, whose unofficial tweets about WoW appear on the MMO Champions site, is far more responsive to questions about WoW than are the current devs. It says something that a former employee cares more about trying to explain dev decisions to concerned players than does the current dev team.

So no, I don’t care that they have postponed “the big session” because it is clear to me that Blizz has given up on WoW and is trying to squeeze every penny they can out of it before abandoning it completely. They have moved on. There will be no big announcements on June 13, no true communication with a concerned customer base, just some corporate lawyer spouting meaningless platitudes about a product that occupies the lowest rung of importance in the company.

For my part, I will try to squeeze every bit of fun out of the game I can before I abandon it. But I will not be playing any more Blizzard games when I am done with WoW. Because I am done with Activision Blizzard. It is clear they have been done with me for a long time.

 

About Fiannor
I have a day job but escape by playing WoW. I love playing a hunter, and my Lake Wobegonian goal is to become "above average" at it.

8 Responses to Postponed? Don’t care

  1. PlaidElf says:

    I don’t know how you manage to express so well so many of the things I’m thinking about the way things are right now, but you do. This post is exactly what makes me so sad about WoW right now. They just don’t care any more. And I still do, but I can tell they don’t.
    And when I have to entirely move on I definitely won’t be moving on to another Blizzard game, not only because I feel they don’t care about their customers, but also because MMORPGs are my favorite genre and WoW is the only one they have. And at this point… I’m not sure I’d trust them enough to play WoW2 if there was such a thing.

    • Fiannor says:

      The fact that the game still has as many loyal players as it does is testament to the company it used to be, not the company it has become. As you say, it is sad to see and even sadder to experience.

      I do think that the company’s breach of trust with its WoW player base will eventually come back to haunt them. It may not be any time soon, it may happen after WoW has disappeared, and they will likely make a pile of money in the meantime, but a company that overtly displays such utter contempt for its customers — customers more loyal to them than they are to the customers — cannot prosper in the long term. Eventually their stockholders will figure this out.

  2. Athie says:

    Ah, I’m looking forward to hearing more about Blizzard’s vision for the game. Like: isn’t it a shame how auto-attack has been completely marginalized by active abilities? I think increasing the GCD to 3 minutes will fix this problem and make the game objectively more fun.

    Also, I can’t wait to hear Blizzard’s plan for how to address the huge social problems in the game. I refer of course to the fact that non-mythic-raid-tier players are insufficiently humiliated. I suspect Blizz will come through with something truly epic here — like requiring such players to publicly post a sound recording of themselves describing how much they suck as WoW players and as human beings.

    Last but not least, I’m looking forward to hearing how Blizzard will address the problem that WoW players feel insufficiently coerced to play HotS. Maybe have HotS victories give you a token? And running a dungeon in WoW costs five of those tokens, and a raid or arena costs 20?

    So many opportunities for creative changes to make WoW more fun.

    • Fiannor says:

      Yes, it’s a shame that the current WoW team insists on prescribing very narrow paths for everyone’s play style. To me, this is one of the worst results of this entire xpac — restriction after restriction on what constitutes acceptable game play, with Blizz even going so far — as you point out — to dictating the definition of “fun” for everyone.

      • Athie says:

        I’ve taken the hint of the updated heirloom system, and I’m running bunches of new characters through old content. It’s remarkable how much freedom I have. If I’m bored with one zone, I can switch to another on the same continent, switch to the other continent, run dungeons, or even just go on a huge gathering spree. I don’t have mandatory scheduled check-ins at any home base. I’m just free to roam. What a concept for a game, huh? #bittervet

  3. Athie says:

    Hey, though — happy news today. Maybe they actually postponed the Q&A to allow time to figure out a better policy? In any case, flying is reborn…

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