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New WoW Patch Paves Way for Cataclysm

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Yesterday, Blizzard launched its last major patch, 4.0.3 in preparation for the release of Cataclysm.

Along with the new patch, Blizzard began one of the final stages of the pre-cataclysm event. Both Horde and Alliance players will have to help defend their capital cities from the elemental invasion.

After defending their capital cities, players will be able to counterattack the elemental invasion by entering four portals which each feature revamped versions of some classic World of Warcraft bosses.

Since a majority of the current players of World of Warcraft have never experienced the original content of the classic game, 4.0.3 and Cataclysm will allow players to experience new and updated versions of some great boss encounters that were forgotten with the introduction of the previous two expansions.

4.0.3 should be the final patch before the shattering of Azeroth that will come with the release of Cataclysm. 4.0.3a which will come when Cataclysm is released on December 7, will introduce a plethora of brand new quests, zones, and dungeons to the original world of Azeroth that players experienced prior to the two expansions.

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    Parrdacc , November 17, 2010 4:59 PM
    While I have not played it in years. Still amazes me that WoW is still going. Wonder when it will finally breathes its last? Any bets on that?
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    kingnoobe , November 17, 2010 5:08 PM
    Um not for a long long time. It's a great mmo.. And even if you hate you can't deny how succesful it is.
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    dgingeri , November 17, 2010 5:11 PM
    Someone at Blizzard has been quoted as saying that this will be the last WoW expansion. They aren't going to let this peter out and get to be a "has been" game. If this is their last expansion, I predict 2 years and they'll shut down the servers. That's about when interest in the latest content runs out.

    Being a player since open beta, I hope it goes on longer. However, they can certainly retain their player base by going with the next generation of MMO. Their next title is certain to draw new crowds.

    I just applied for a job with them. I've been so impressed with the company. they actually do fully communicate with their customers. They go to the point of pain for customer service. (If you doubt the "pain" part, go read the WoW forums. their CM's certainly do go through pain in the name of customer service.) I hope against all hope that I get that job. It would be my dream job.
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    g00fysmiley , November 17, 2010 5:13 PM
    i say it'll be like the origional everquest.. people will play it a decade after most people have stopped they'll mrge some servers and have only a few and likely go free to play ... but by then there will probabyl be a world of warcraft 2 ... unless they kee what they did with 4.01 where they upgrade game engines then there would be no need for differnt vertions... if this is the case expect it to be around at least another 20 years
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    Fokissed , November 17, 2010 5:14 PM
    The elemental invasion started in 4.0.1, 4.0.3 is a 1GB patch that currently adds nothing to the gameplay, its content for pre-cata events that will take place in the coming weeks.

    Patch notes here.
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    Anonymous , November 17, 2010 5:23 PM
    4.03a is before Cataclysm. Likely next week, and includes the re-done zones. The Cataclysm release on Dec. 7 will include new higher level content.
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    dauthus , November 17, 2010 5:41 PM
    WoW has been a complete mess since patch 4.0 went live. Aside from numerous game breaking glitches which blizzard should be ashamed of, class balance has been completely out of whack. Oh yeah, no arena for 2+ months is also ridiculous. At this point, everyone is just dying for cataclysm to go live.

    The most depressing aspect of the new expansion? Shadowmourne (legendary weapon) will be replaced by a measly req lvl 83 green =(

    Also, WoW is not going to die anytime soon (10+ million subscribers or so, they'd be insane to turn off the servers). Everquest is on it's like 17th expansion and still making money with only like 15 servers left, so do the math.
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    Anonymous , November 17, 2010 5:42 PM
    @ ~$15 (USD) per month and 8M subscribers ($120M/mth), worldwide...I can't imagine why Blizz would ever consider "shutting down" WoW. They've invested sooo much in Battlenet...and while I know that Diablo 3 is upcoming, they'll still have all that bandwidth. And since D3 isn't going to be an MMO, it seems like Blizz would milk the WoW cash cow til it runs dry.
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    kelemvor4 , November 17, 2010 6:35 PM
    ParrdaccWhile I have not played it in years. Still amazes me that WoW is still going. Wonder when it will finally breathes its last? Any bets on that?

    Many years from now. There's still millions of players last I heard, and even MMO's that should have been dead years ago (starwars galaxies) are still around. I bet it will still exist in 2020.
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    rpgplayer , November 17, 2010 7:02 PM
    i've played many mmo games, never played wow though. buddy of mine plays it and i've seen alot of the endgame content. the pvp content of the end game is sorely lacking imo.

    tbh about the best pvp i've seen in an mmo has got to be Dark Age of Camelot, their pve content is what killed that game though.
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    g00fysmiley , November 17, 2010 7:20 PM
    dauthus its called progression. yes there have been some bugs since the patches. however i doubt shadowmourne will be replaces by a green but it should be replaces by a lvl 85 blue and stomped by a lvl 85 epic, as it should be. wow is a progressive game, whats the best today is just good tomorrow and common in 6 months its how they keep the hardcore players and the casual players all happy.

    there wouldn't be any fun to lvl from 80-85 and have to wait till raid content to get any upgrades.

    they learned from burning crusade where people were replacing tier 3 with lvl 63 and 64 blues i know i was sad to replace my bonesythe gear and it looked worse... but stats were better and i was partially happy to get an upgrade at all. in wotlk you could use hyjal blakc temple and sunwell gear well into the game often up to instances in the later lvls round 78.

    i'm sure as cata is 80-85 you'll see upgrades fro low lvl raid gear in first few lvls and icc upgrades more lvl 85 instance/heroics
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    grieve , November 17, 2010 7:55 PM
    rpgplayeri've played many mmo games, never played wow though. buddy of mine plays it and i've seen alot of the endgame content. the pvp content of the end game is sorely lacking imo.tbh about the best pvp i've seen in an mmo has got to be Dark Age of Camelot, their pve content is what killed that game though.

    Asheron's Call was the best MMO... (i bet i am alone on that one) It is still running, but should have been shut off 5 years ago.

    I played WoW for 10 months when it first came out, then i bot it for a year maxed all my char slots in 12 days each, the game is dull and boring. It truely is a waste of life.

    I have played a lot of MMO's (and bot as well) (maybe 12+) I realy feel WoW was not in the top 5! It is too linear, designed from a cookie cutter.

    10 million subs cant be wrong but they can be uninformed or inexperienced.
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    davewolfgang , November 17, 2010 11:52 PM
    Over the year's I've heard that they have planned for the max level to be 100. At one of the Blizzcons, they had a "outline" of all the future patches and instances and such (I have it on the BC Collectors DVD) - and of course as time goes by things change. Kara was suppose to be the "End Raid" of TBC - but ended up moving to be the entry raid.

    This Expansion being only 5 levels instead of 10. (Which actually tells me they are planning on stretching it out a bit - I can see the next expansion being 86-90)

    As long as their subscribers are "in the millions" they will keep the game going. Even if they limit it to level 100 - I can see them adding new zones and even extending more "Outlands" thru different portals (also alluded to at one of the Blizzcons).
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    Fokissed , November 18, 2010 12:48 AM
    grieve...I played WoW for 10 months when it first came out, then i bot it for a year maxed all my char slots in 12 days each, the game is dull and boring.

    Gonna have to call BS on that.. 50 characters at 12 days each is 600 days, which fits in your math except that its 8+ hours a day for almost 2 years straight.
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    brucek2 , November 18, 2010 1:03 AM
    grieve...then i bot it for a year maxed all my char slots in 12 days each, the game is dull and boring.


    Do you think the "bot" part might in some way be related to the after which "is dull and boring" part?
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    davewolfgang , November 18, 2010 1:06 AM
    Quote:
    Do you think the "bot" part might in some way be related to the after which "is dull and boring" part?


    It's funny how all the people that don't actually read the quests and actually follow the storyline - think it's boring.


    /big sigh
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    eddieroolz , November 18, 2010 4:25 AM
    Meh. More ways to milk those hard-earned cash out of people worldwide.
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    dEAne , November 18, 2010 4:55 AM
    I'm trying to download the patch.
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    morphling8 , November 18, 2010 1:14 PM
    davewolfgangIt's funny how all the people that don't actually read the quests and actually follow the storyline - think it's boring. /big sigh


    Funny how you think because you are into a poorly written fictional story line that everyone must be.

    Or people play the game for the other 50 things blizzard has designed to be enormous time sinks and just do the leveling grind to be able to do them.
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    morphling8 , November 18, 2010 1:15 PM
    redboots2384.03a is before Cataclysm. Likely next week, and includes the re-done zones. The Cataclysm release on Dec. 7 will include new higher level content.


    Quoted for truth. Article is incorrect.
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