World of Warcraft 5.3 patch detailed

Escalation to add four new scenarios with its own heroic mode and loot specialization feature.

Blizzard has posted new information about the upcoming World of Warcraft 5.3 patch on its official site.

The new 5.3 patch will bring in new scenarios for players to fight and loot in.

The update will add four new scenarios--Blood in the Snow, Dark Heart of Pandaria, Secrets of Ragefire, and Battle on the High Seas--and also a heroic difficulty mode. Players will also be able to handle off-spec loot drops with a new loot specialisation feature.

Blizzard also mentioned general bug fixes, class balancing, pet battles, and changes to player versus player. For more information, head to the World of Warcraft site.

Blizzard recently confirmed that World of Warcraft subscriptions had fallen to 8.3 million but that the company will be looking to release more frequent updates for the long-running massively multiplayer online game to stem further player decline in the future.

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hangingin
hangingin

It is my opinion that most players of WOW by far are PVE and cringe inwardly at the thought of having to do an instance , let alone a raid, with for the most part, arrogant and unhelpful people.

Blizzard should build more content for PVE rather than spending so much time and effort on 'endplay' players. Stop dumbing down the game to make it easier for beginners. That maybe in fact, the number one reason why they are losing players.

avengerb
avengerb

Make it Free.. I will check it out again. 

If I like it I may spend some money on it too.. 

Think about it Blizzard.

Free to Play. You've earned enough on this game. Stop with the updates. Just run the servers and make it Free to Play. People will still play this game..

Did you see Age of Empires 2 HD edition? People still play it...  even after ..i think.. 15 years?? or more.

Wow is the same kind of game. People just don't want to pay for it anymore so they have quit the game (THE ONLY REASON..behind all the flames). Make it Free they will come back...



Flamerdragon
Flamerdragon

Just came to say, good game when it was young. Good memories.

Andri27
Andri27

I have to admit that Mist of Pandaria is the least exciting expansion, but what's with all the flames? If you don't like this game then just don't play it. If you're only criticizing this game without every playing it, then you're dumb. I have played wow for 10 years from time to time and there are special memories that I have playing that game. Recently, I have been disappointed with the new mmorpgs and decided to go back to wow while waiting for TESO. It's still a great world to explore, play, and enjoy. At least it's still more interesting to me than  most new mmos who are basically wow copies with better graphics. 

Twiztid-Maddox
Twiztid-Maddox

Come out with another expansion already so I can play the game again. You lost all of the general WoW fans when you made the pandas playable instead of giving the horde the bug men from District 9!

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Did not played in the last year, got tired of it, glad that people still there have new stuff to experience.

What is shocking and, lets put it bluntly; Unbelievably stupid as hell is reading people bashing a company for releasing regular content to a game 9 years after release.

Some of you... really...

Omega_726
Omega_726

Slow news day indeed! This information has been available for months, and Gamespot only brings you the "news" on the day the patch is released.

diabolik_023
diabolik_023

if WOW will become free to play the population will double.

Mamamf
Mamamf

Game was released 9 years ago, still needs class balancing
Game was released 9 years ago, still needs lots of paying subscribers

Game was, isn't anymore

ALL BURN ALL!

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

Played this game for over 6 years. It was an amazing game and did a lot of great things for the genre as a whole.

Unfortunately, there's too many other companies that want to replicate WoW's success and copy the game too closely and end up failing. What they don't get is that there's already a World of Warcraft - we don't need a second one.

Stand on your own two feet and make strides towards something better.

yaigime
yaigime

Lets try and get people back by making them pay to have servers down more frequently for maintenance on new patches and be required to download them which also takes time so you can pay to play less ;)

enartloc
enartloc

i would love to do a pet battle between Kotick and Jay Wilson.Jay Wilson would use "Noxious Gas Attack",while Kotick would reply with "Money Shield" and  "100 dollar bill tornado"

northArrow
northArrow

@NickAnguiano

Attitudes like yours are exactly why the video game industry continues to whine about how much it suffers. Seriously, why would anyone want to buy a game from a pompous, arrogant jerk like you? Nobody here knows what’s good for them? Where do you get off making such a blatantly ignorant comment like that? Most of us are adults here, we take care of ourselves and our families. We’ve figured out what’s in our best interests. We all understand that video game developers work hard, but many of us also do so, your point here is irrelevant. The question then becomes why isn’t it okay to hold game developers accountable for their mistakes? I’m held accountable for my work, everyone else is. Regarding your line: “Go make a better game if the ones currently out are so terrible.. oh wait.. You don't know how!?” What would happen if your car mechanic took your money, didn’t fix the problem you reported to him, and his response was: Go fix your own car..oh wait, you don’t know how!?

It’s pretty safe to say you shouldn’t need a specialized education to know the difference between doing good and poor work.

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

@Mamamf wow calm down lol.  They still have 8.3 million people paying for the game monthly, clearly people still like it......

Twiztid-Maddox
Twiztid-Maddox

@Mamamf They should've left The Lich King alone until level 90 then the gods come at level 100! It's definitely lost its charm which is why I have 10 level 90s and a level 69 goblin shaman named Acidwitch that I don't intend to make level 90 as even Blizzard would admit they don't cater to shamans. I'm just glad we can play as Death Knights which makes the game say only you're the Death Knight now since Arthas is dead! Part of this games appeal is just the open world with the killing and looting and flying around mining to make gold like a hussla because you had to reach out and make those long levels count. I want a full expansion next time Blizzard which gets to level 100 without needing more money and another expansion!

Kairysama
Kairysama

@Mamamf if a game stayed balance for 9 years that would mean no changes no new abilities which would be boring. The brilliance of WoW in my opinion is,
Blizzard changes the mechanics, talent system once in a while so people could look forward to something new, both in PvP and PvE

riptal
riptal

If isnt't abymore, what the fuck are you doing in this forum?

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

@Tripwolf wow are not pioneer in mmo industry . if you say that every mmo are copying wow , then wow are copying everquest 

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

@Tripwolf Other companies have definitely spent too much time copying WoW's success. Blizzard released WoW at the perfect time, because the market was there for it. I don't know about it myself, but i heard there's a new MMO almost every day in the east.

I played since Vanilla and fast forward 6 years as well. After Cataclysm released, i left in February. I definitely have some of my best memories from those days.

Tyberis1
Tyberis1

@yaigime That's not actually a huge problem with their service. It's the same with all MMO's. I think people just want to complain about them because they are just bored of the game. I played WoW for 7 years......7 years. The fact that anyone can keep your attention on one game that long is a miracle. I got bored enough this time that I finally quit for good but I don't hate them for it. I think so many players are just so institutionalized to WoW that they are mad that they can't find anything else that keeps their attention so they take it out on Blizz. Ya Blizzard sold out, but I think it's more of just plain old burnout playing one game that subs dropped. People just want the next EQ or WoW to take up another decade of their life....kinda sad really.

BladeStrike1234
BladeStrike1234

@yaigime Servers go down during the early hours of the morning. Do a lot of gaming at those times, do you?

WereCatf
WereCatf

@Vidpci "I hope Blizzard continues to lose subscriptions until they go bankrupt."

So, basically you hope hundreds of people would be put out of their jobs, even though they have no say in what direction they feel the game should be taken? Nice, nice, such a mature attitude. Also, it won't happen: when Blizzard's subscriptions go so low that they aren't making any profit anymore they'll just shutter the servers. They won't keep on running the servers if they aren't making profits, so they can't just go bankrupt like that.

Mamamf
Mamamf

@Kairysama @Mamamf Yup that's cool, although i wished they would make a different warcraft game by now. I would prefer the game was more like visiting new places, exploring, not knowing stuff, not gear dependent, story driven with our characters having the main role in the questing (like in SWtOR) they would extend the characters and their personal stories, i would like to feel more attachement to the game, i loved warcraft 3 although i wasn't a fan of the genre, those cinematics, the lore revolving about brotherhood, stuff like that. WoW is immense but lacks detail in every bit of it in my opinion. The questing in MoP was brilliant and it surprised me what they did with pandaren, but the game itself never felt as perfect as it could be, I would prefer playing Skyrim Wrath of the Lich King conversion, and another problem is that nobody i know still plays games...
It could even be with co-op options and with social zones like in villages where you'd mixed with other players, I truly loved the first time i played wow, join with a bunch of ppl that were trying it for the first time and we went doing quests and taking our time, sometimes just sitting there talking, admiring the landscape. But as soon as i started understanding a bit of the game, it became just searching online what was the way to maximize your spec, run as fast as possible towards end game, try to be part of the guild's raid team, know boss mechanics, etc. It kinda felt like a job playing wow and i stopped enjoying it, it frustrating and got in bad terms with my best friend that i met there by the end and it was really frustrating, felt like a waste of time, self-degradation, etc. Still have good memories from it but i always get blue and hurt when i think about wow.

Mamamf
Mamamf

@riptal It was meant to be funny, as i tried to remark with the quote in bold by the end. Although i have to admit, the fact that they are still asking for a monthly fee is a bit too much at least for me...

123whatever
123whatever

@riptal why are you getting so defensive? nothing he said wasn't true. reread the article, its all there.

Eliphs
Eliphs

@acelogan1989 You can, using your logic, say that Everquest was copying Ultima Online.  Just because the format is similar doesn't mean it's a direct rip off from the predecessor.

OuTLaWzGaming
OuTLaWzGaming

@troll_eat_troll @Vidpci After the watered down garbage that both SC2 and D3 are,yes,yes I do.

Kairysama
Kairysama

@Mamamf I know what you mean but problem with a game like that is, it will have a short life, like starwars and so many other MMOs. and I agree wow felt more like a job than a game and frankly that's why I played it for almost 8 years :))

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

@Eliphs @acelogan1989 that's what i'm trying to say to him , to don't be an ignorant fanboy , just because mmorpg thesedays have similarities like dungeons , raids, quests ,etc . that doesn't mean it is copying wow .
i'm just  already tired with people saying "OMG it's wow rip-off" thing

CiTizenMaSSaKre
CiTizenMaSSaKre

@Vidpci @WereCatf And also to your comment on "if i worked on the most successful mmo in history it will be easy to get a job, you need good recommendations to get into a job like this my friend, and if you just up and quit your job because "you don't like how its ran" then you will be looked at as an immature child and you can kiss your career goodbye. Idiot.

CiTizenMaSSaKre
CiTizenMaSSaKre

@Vidpci @WereCatf You sound like a f**king baby, and you're obviously a child with your opinions and work ethic. They got into this job as a CAREER, something they love to do but also NEED TO MAKE A LIVING. These are not CHILDREN who work at these companies, these are grown men and women with children and significant others, yea im sure you'd rather live on the street but you'd also put your wife and child in your situation because of your selfish stubbornness? You have ALLOT of growing up to do my friend about how the REAL world works.

WereCatf
WereCatf

@Vidpci @WereCatf So, say, how willing would YOU be to quit your job every time the company you worked for pissed off random commenters on the Internets? Would you take pride in your work and quit every single god damn time, even if it meant not having enough money to pay for all your bills and expenses?

WereCatf
WereCatf

@Vidpci @WereCatf Not everyone can just afford to up and quit the job, you know? Almost everyone have got things like bills and other kinds of expenses to pay, like e.g. mortgages, children's hobbies and whatnot. You're being disingenuous asserting that anyone who doesn't just quit their job with no guarantee of getting a new one and being able to pay their bills and expenses deserves to lose their jobs.