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General: Editor's News Year In Review

StraddenStradden Managing EditorHalifax, NSPosts: 6,696Member

MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood took some time in this editorial to talk about some of the most memorable news days of 2007.

2007 was an interesting news year for those of us who follow the MMORPG industry. With the calendar now showing 2008, it seemed like a good time to sit back and reflect on some of the biggest news stories of the last year:

January 16th, 2007

Blizzard released the first full expansion for their colossal MMORPG, World of Warcraft. The expansion, dubbed “The Burning Crusade”, added new areas, new content, new classes, new features, and even a pair of new races (Blood Elves for the Horde and Draenei for the Alliance).

The real story for the release of this expansion though was the retail frenzy that it created. Shortly after launch day (which began at midnight on the 16th, with people lined up for hours at their local game stores), Blizzard announced that they had “broken the day-one sales record to become the fastest-selling PC game ever in North America and Europe, with a worldwide total of nearly 2.4 million copies sold in the first 24 hours of availability.”

The outstanding success of the expansion and the continued growth of Warcraft’s player base in 2007 resulted in the announcement of a new expansion for the King of MMOs titled, Wrath of the Lich King”.

Read the whole thing here.

Cheers,
Jon Wood
Managing Editor
MMORPG.com

Comments

  • JrodJrod Omaha, NEPosts: 234Member

    Good year in review, I liked how you included the dates, but how can you not mention Blizzard/Activison merge? That was the biggest news not just in mmo news but in game news this year.

  • StraddenStradden Managing Editor Halifax, NSPosts: 6,696Member

    Blast! you're right.  I could have sworn that was in there.  I am adding it in now.

    Cheers,
    Jon Wood
    Managing Editor
    MMORPG.com

  • TectonicPTectonicP Tulsa, OKPosts: 2Member

    Hellgate?

  • BadSpockBadSpock Somewhere, MIPosts: 7,974Member

    Hellgate isn't on the list for a reason. The same is true of Fury.

    Good list, hit the main points. Well done.

  • TectonicPTectonicP Tulsa, OKPosts: 2Member

    Except that Fury is on the list.

  • AlienovrlordAlienovrlord San Antonio, TXPosts: 1,525Member

    Nice overview.   It was certainly an eventful, though not always successful, year for the MMORPG genre.   But perhaps some lessons were learned from this year's mistakes.   We'll have to see.

  • joeybootsjoeyboots Virginia Beach, VAPosts: 636Member

    I know one big thing that was missed. 2007 saw the tenth anniversary of UO!

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  • StraddenStradden Managing Editor Halifax, NSPosts: 6,696Member

    indeed.

    Cheers,
    Jon Wood
    Managing Editor
    MMORPG.com

  • JYCowboyJYCowboy Northlake, TXPosts: 660Member

    Very good point for the year,

    I would add the closing of Auto Assult for NCSoft.  There was some marketing lessons there.

    Never played it, but wanted to as I am a "Road Warrior" fan.

  • ZorvanZorvan nowhere, CAPosts: 8,912Member

    Might wanna add in PE going solvent and forming a new company in an effort to defraud creditors.

    Or at least the fact they're being sued for such.

     

  • TerranahTerranah Stockton, CAPosts: 3,605Member

    Good review of 2007.

     

    It was a bummer that Warhammer and Age of Conan were delayed until 2008 sometime, but if they aren't ready to release it's better delayed than have another Vanguard on our hands.

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