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WoW Annual Pass Blues

By Jason Bechdel -

BlizzCon, is a place of gaming magic. It is here at this typically yearly (at least up until now) convention that players can come together for two days of Blizzard game filled goodness. During these two days of fun filled festivities players can expect some big announcements about the games they love to be revealed, especially in the opening ceremony. BlizzCon 2012 did not leave the fans disappointed with several major announcements including the revealing of the newest World of Warcraft expansion pack and perhaps just as exciting the WoW Annual Pass.

As we all probably know by now the WoW Annual Pass is exactly what it sounds like; players sign a contract with Blizzard basically saying that they will pay for a year of World of Warcraft. Overall nothing much changes, you may still pay for your subscription monthly if need be except you have now promised that you will continue to do this for at least a year. There are of course perks involved that sweeten the deal including; free Diablo III, guaranteed access to the next available beta, as well as a very cool looking in game mount.

The WoW Annual Pass Blues

While most players, myself included, have no serous regrets after signing up for there are more than a few that find themselves suffering from what I like to call the WoW Annual Pass Blues. While the reasons behind the WoW Annual Pass Blues tend to be as varied as the players behind them, three universally felt reasons behind this feeling tend to arise to the forefront:

No Way to Opt-Out

The annual pass is a relatively new and mostly unheard of concept in the gaming world. Thanks to this, many players really do not understand what they are getting themselves into. When signing up for the WoW Annual Pass you are entering into a binding (and I do mean binding) contract with Blizzard that states that you will pay for their game for a year. There is almost no way to escape this contract once you have signed up and if the contract is broken it may even be possible for Blizzard to take legal action.

This is a grim revelation for the player who rushed headlong into the WoW Annual Contract without fully understanding exactly what they were getting themselves into. So imagine the surprise of these players when a few months down the road they decide they no longer wish to pay for the game only to discover that they must do it regardless of most circumstances. Lost your job? Getting a divorce? Bored with the game? Too bad! You will still be paying for your WoW subscription like it or not which can cause a serious case of the WoW Annual Pass Blues.

BlizzCon 2013 Cancelled
Your World of Warcraft subscription cannot be cancelled.

You may be wondering what exactly the cancellation of BlizzCon 2013 has to do with the WoW Annual Pass and why those that sign up for it are taking it a bit personally. Up until now, BlizzCon has been a yearly staple that Blizzard fans everywhere look forward to. For one weekend out of the year like minded players get to intermingle and basically get their geek on. Here new games are previewed and major announcements about Blizzard and their games are made.

In fact, the WoW Annual Pass was announced at the most recent BlizzCon and players everywhere rushed out to sign up for it. By now the grand majority of players that are going to sign up for the pass have already done so, and here in lies the problem. Imagine these player’s chagrin when Blizzard announced that there would be no BlizzCon 2013. While not directly affecting anything the pass had to offer, cancelling BlizzCon 2013 felt to some players like Blizzard was saying why bother, they had your promise you would pay for a year, why go through all the trouble of BlizzCon to keep you interested. While the reasoning behind the cancellation of BlizzCon 2013 is surely more complex than this, one can see why this could potentially cause a case of the WoW Annual Pass Blues in many a player.

Free Diablo III Delayed

The final and perhaps most lauded banner of those with the WoW Annual Pass blues is the Diablo III conundrum. One of the major reasons players signed up for the annual pass is to get their very own downloadable free Diablo III copy. While no official release date has been given, judging by the completeness of the game in the beta version as well as subtle hints from Blizzard, most of us had hoped to see our free Diablo III copy in our hands early in 2012.

However, these hopes have been all but crushed as a release of the game seems to be no where in sight. To further confirm this just recently it was spilled that Blizzard doesn’t expect the game to release until late June. Sure we can all sit back and say we want a game that is finished and well put together, but none of us really expected to be waiting almost the full year of our contract for our free Diablo III did we? As it directly relates to my reasons for signing up for the WoW Annual pass this is one reason that even causes me some mild WoW Annual Pass blues.

The WoW Annual Pass is not all doom and gloom though, many players find themselves more than happy with the contract, especially those who were planning on paying for a year of the game regardless, and more sign up everyday. In this writerÂ’s opinion at least, the WoW Annual Pass was well worth it. So if you do have the WoW Annual Pass Blues, remember, we will get Diablo III eventually and even without BlizzCon it seems like Blizzard fans will still manage to have much to look forward to this year.

Wondering if you too may be experiencing the WoW Annual Pass Blues? Players with the WoW Annual Pass Blues may find themselves experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Feelings of regret and/or sadness
  • Compulsive /face palming
  • Extreme periods of nerd rage
  • Clicking the mouse with excessive force

Did you sign up for the WoW Annual Pass to obtain your very own free Diablo III? Do you find yourself regretting the decision and possibly experiencing any of the symptoms outlined above? shareour thoughts in the comments section below!

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