So, as you've probably heard a thousand times across the internet already, World of Warcraft's Mists of Pandaria is launching everywhere on September 25th of 2012. Click the link for details. Immediately apparent is the fact that this is exactly a month after the pre-purchase access for ArenaNet's Guild Wars 2.
Surprise! Game Company B bases its release schedule on Game Company A!
We've seen this before, and we'll keep seeing it after. It's the same thing Hollywood does with movie releases. You don't want to compete directly if you can avoid it, and Blizzard obviously knows that people will buy GW2, and don't want to risk losing potential day-one adopters by launching too close to that game. But will MoP's launch a month later do any damage to ArenaNet's new game?
That's a "remains to be seen" sort of thing, but here are my thoughts.
- GW2 doesn't require a subscription.
- GW2 does hope to earn from the RMT shop.
- WoW's expansion might hurt the RMT sales for a time.
- But any "dent" it makes, won't be permanent in GW2's revenue.
- Just as any dent GW2 makes in WoW's subscriptions won't be permanent.