World of Warcraft polls players about the game’s next free sparklepony

    
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World of Warcraft polls players about the game’s next free sparklepony

Citing a “spirit of unity” with World of Warcraft players through a difficult year, Blizzard announced on the site that it is going to be creating a brand-new mount to add to the game when Shadowlands arrives. The best part? Not only will players have a say in what this mount will be but everyone who buys the expansion will get the “sparklepony” (or whatever it is) for free.

There’s currently a poll up offering the five mount ideas (described only with no images or artwork). Players can vote on their favorite concept through September 18th. The options include a flying book, a skittering spider, a curious caterpillar, and a slimy cat.

“Once our artists finish making the mount ready to ride, it will be added to the Mount Collection tab in Q1 2021 for every player with Shadowlands activated on their account,” the studio promised.

Since Blizzard declined to offer any artwork, the community has been busy coming up with visuals of their own for each of these five mounts.

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Utakata

Are they planning on making any of those pink?

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Fisty

I wanted the caterpillar, but some ancient douche was winning last time I checked.

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Loopy

It’s really hard to pick one without having any sort of reference art associated with it.

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Ironwu

Hmm. To me, this kind of smells like desperation. These sorts of ‘gifts’ are usually reserved for the more expensive versions of the expansion.

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angrakhan

Desperation? As in you think Blizzard is engaging in some sort of last ditch effort to keep WoW from being shut down? I wouldn’t get your hopes up.

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Ironwu

Desperation in that they continue to lose subscribers, the expansion is not selling as well as they need, and are attempting to induce people to buy into it.

We cannot know how much for sure since the started hiding subscriber numbers, but they keep merging servers, so there is no question that the subscriber numbers are declining.

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Bruno Brito

So?

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angrakhan

Well, just to play devil’s advocate here… and to be clear I’m no Blizzard fan boy or white night. If WoW were to close down I wouldn’t lose sleep over it and I am even currently playing it. I find it entertaining, but it’s not my life, and there’s other games out there.

Anyway… just to point out some logic flaws here. You just said “We cannot know how much for sure since they start hiding subscriber numbers”. OK, well, that means we actually cannot know even if they’re losing subscribers. They may be holding steady or gaining. We simply have no data upon which to make an informed decision.

Server mergers do not necessarily mean subscriber loss. Technology advances. Technology has advanced a LOT in the 20 years the game has been live. A very logical explanation for server mergers may be either software or hardware advances (or both) that allow Blizzard to host the same amount or more players on less hardware. Merging servers in that scenario may save them a significant amount of money without negatively impacting the player experience. If they could, why wouldn’t they do this?

I can tell you both as an active player and a player who’s server just went through one of these mergers that post merger the world didn’t feel any more or less populated than it did before. Open world and in town populates seem largely the same, and I can tell you that pre merger and post merger both are QUITE active. There are a LOT of people playing this game at least on my now shared shard. I did not see some ghost town scenario suddenly turn into a moderately populated game even though they merged.

I think your attitude and those like you (of which there are many) mostly boils down to wishful thinking. You hate the game and actively wish for its demise. Thus, you try to read the tea leaves and see doom and gloom in any situation that can possibly be viewed as negative and even some that should be viewed as positive. Why you would wish for the demise of a game that actively employs thousands of employees and provides entertainment to millions of players is beyond me. Just move on. Play something else.

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Bruno Brito

Iron is a notorious WoW hater. I’m not saying he doesn’t have some merits to his thought-process, but he jumps quickly from “WoW is doing badly compared to it’s former years” to “WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE”.

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Utakata

“…and to be clear I’m no Blizzard fan boy or white night.”

I am a pink mage though…for what that’s worth. O.o

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Roger Melly

While I am not sure I would call it desperation I think there is probably some concern at Blizzard as to why WoW at the downturn in those who play the main game. They would be complacent if they were not concerned.

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Bruno Brito

Of course there is concern, but i don’t get where Iron gets the idea that WoW will just shutdown while still being the highest grossing MMO of the decade.

If something kills Blizzard it’ll be incompetence towards their normally already damaging scandals. But WoW itself will remain profitable in comparison to WHATEVER MMO appears.

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Jo Watt

Yea for al the faults and utter problems WoW remains #1 by far. FFXIV isn’t close despite being #2. Both are good and bad games. I enjoy playing both as well as many others. The company itself will have to basically cave at this point before WoW will ever drop dead.

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Bruno Brito

I’m not even discussing if WoW is good or bad. I find it a extremely mediocre MMO, and has been since it’s inception.

But it has a powerful company and IP behind it. It won’t die like people think it will.

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Roger Melly

It would be interesting to know just how many paying subscribers ff14 and WoW have. There are a lot of people on the free trial at the moment in ff14 given it now goes up to level 60 but I also know loads of people who pay for WoW by earning gold in-game.

I am sure even at this point WoW is somewhat ahead.

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Roger Melly

I am sure WoW will be going in some form or another for 20 years or more to come.

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Utakata

So you’re choosing the Wandering Ancient? Non? o.O