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Mythic: Battle with WoW is a marathon, not sprint

Mythic: Battle with WoW is a marathon, not sprint

Is Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning really going to stand a chance against World of Warcraft? Tell us your thoughts.

Mythic CEO Mark Jacobs has taken issue with the reveal that over half of the players who had emigrated from World of Warcraft to Warhammer Online had gone and made the return journey after all, telling Blizzard that the battle between the two MMO giants is a marathon and not a sprint.

In an interview with GI.biz, Jacobs responded to the figures that Blizzard had released and said that it didn't altogether prove that players were leaving WAR.

"One thing about MMOs is that people play multiple games," said Jacobs. "That's one of the reasons I was very surprised by Paul's comments. He knows that people many play WOW and they'll play WAR and maybe even a third game at the same time."

"Any comment along the lines of 'well if they're in my game they're not playing in another game,' flies in the face of all research that's been done among MMO players… The idea that you only play one is really kind of silly."

Jacobs also said that Warhammer Online would be able to withstand the threat of Blizzard's Lich King update by releasing content and patches of their own.

"It's a marathon, not a sprint. We've got a lot of stuff going in, not only this fall but then there's spring and then after that," finished Jacobs.

You can check out our thoughts about the game in our Warhammer Online review, or read our interview with Mythic's Josh Drescher. Tell us your thoughts in the forums.

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Zurechial 20th October 2008, 12:39 Quote
I'm not so sure about his comments and I'm not so sure I'd believe the research he's referring to.
A lot of people will pick one MMO and stick with it simply because they can't justify paying more than one monthly fee at a time to play a game.

I would imagine out of all of the world's MMO players, those who pay for more than one MMO concurrently are in a definite minority.
mclean007 20th October 2008, 12:50 Quote
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"It's a marathon, not a sprint. We've got a lot of stuff going in, not only this fall but then there's spring and then after that," finished Jacobs.
Well done Jacobs, showing a rudimentary knowledge of the seasons, but you missed out winter.
mclean007 20th October 2008, 12:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Zurechial
I would imagine out of all of the world's MMO players, those who pay for more than one MMO concurrently are in a definite minority.
Or maybe it's one "paid" MMO like WOW, and one or more of the "free" (no monthly sub) ones e.g. Second Life / Guild Wars
p3n 20th October 2008, 14:01 Quote
WAR will close its doors within a year unless EA actually suppot something thats isn't making mad profits, been playing abit of wow recently and the server I play on and other servers I know people from have all had queues in the evenings... pre-exp content patch > WAR? :)
StephenK 20th October 2008, 14:05 Quote
I was quite suprised to find out that most of the people i play EvE with also play 1 or 2 other pay-to-play MMOs. I play Guildwars with my girlfiend but the only other game i play is EvE and I was suprised that so many of my friends were playing EvE, WoW and some of them AoC or War as well.

Always meant to check out WoW and liked the look of War, might do that this weekend...
Teq 20th October 2008, 14:32 Quote
I left WoW earlier in the year, had burned myself out playing to much PvP, picked up AoC, liked it but unfortunately they do not directly accept maestro (shakes fist), stopped playing completely for the summer and then picked up WoW again ready for the expansion. I also play WAR, but if there are billing issues it will certainly be dropped... :P
Redbeaver 20th October 2008, 16:10 Quote
heh... im happy with LOTRO... subscriber kept getting bigger the last year n a half, and big expansion coming out soon....
Ferret 20th October 2008, 16:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by StephenK
I was quite suprised to find out that most of the people i play EvE with also play 1 or 2 other pay-to-play MMOs. I play Guildwars with my girlfiend but the only other game i play is EvE and I was suprised that so many of my friends were playing EvE, WoW and some of them AoC or War as well.

Always meant to check out WoW and liked the look of War, might do that this weekend...

(unless it has changed dramatically since I last played it)

Probably due to EVEs unique ability to let someone progress their character in line with others without requiring them to actually play the game very often. As long as they can earn enough credits to fund the skill learning then they slack and play something else.

Even to the point where people keep paying for the game as they fear they will fall behind even though they don’t like it anymore..
Vash-HT 20th October 2008, 17:37 Quote
I have an active account for WoW and WAR right now, I mainly resubbed to WoW to see the patch changes (which are great imo). The problem I'm having with WAR is that leveling is basically just doing scenarios over and over because it seems like no one does anything else. I can't really blame them because leveling is faster jsut doing scenarios over and over, but it sucks running around to do quests and seeing absolutely no one out there.
-EVRE- 20th October 2008, 20:54 Quote
A few in my wow raiding guild have already played WAR to max level and given it up. I guess for the extreme player WAR doesn't have what it takes.

I am a one game MMO person. I dont have the time to pay attention to two games at once. (since I wont be quitting wow)
dr-strangelove 21st October 2008, 01:07 Quote
Perhaps this is because I have only been playing WoW for a few months but I cannot imagine being able to play two MMO's at the same time since I give the same concentration to WoW that I give to other games
dire_wolf 21st October 2008, 02:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by dr-strangelove
Perhaps this is because I have only been playing WoW for a few months but I cannot imagine being able to play two MMO's at the same time since I give the same concentration to WoW that I give to other games

I've been playing it for 3 and a bit years and I still don't have time to play any other MMOs and keep my GF happy lol
B3CK 21st October 2008, 05:18 Quote
I have played wow for quite a while. Played Coh/Cov, AoC, and War.
Wow has been my mainstay game through all of them since wow was in beta. I will occasionally leave wow to play others, dropping my subscription. When I get burned out, guilds fall apart, too busy real life, etc. I liked War, but I have too many friends still playing wow, and to play a game for fun, I like to have friendly people with me. I will still probably subscribe to War every now and then, just for a break from wow, but I will not pay for more than one game per month. The fees are pretty easy to cover, instead of going to the movies for a week, I will use that $15 for a month of game. But due to real life, I don't have time to focus on more than one at a time.
I would of loved AoC, but gave up on AoC after one week of the worst gaming experience of my life, (released a buggy game, and focused on adding content instead of fixing it). It had alot of potential; nice graphics, adult oriented, easy to play. BUT after the horrendous experience of canceling, or getting in touch with either their tech support, or customer service, I will never buy another funcon game again.
Horizon 21st October 2008, 06:33 Quote
@Mr. Jacobs

I play one game at a time. religiously. That's how I game.
StephenK 21st October 2008, 18:34 Quote
So if I havent played WoW... Silly question I know but would people recommend getting into it now with the latest expansion and patches? The main reason I never tried it was the graphics to be honest. I know there's a lot more to a game but that was the reason I never picked it up.
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