The Official World of Warcraft Magazine shipped its first issue just about 15 months ago. It was tagged as the Winter 2009 issue.
The magazine itself was billed as a quarterly publication, a term which has a very specific meaning in the world of magazines. But for most of us it just means that if you subscribe for a year, you should get four issues of that magazine. This is reinforced by the subscription options you are shown when you order the magazine. (Or when you resubscribe like I did… sucker than I am apparently.)
To this date, Future US, the publisher of the Official World of Warcraft Magazine, has only produced three issues.
They are talking about a fourth issue. Images and previews of it are displayed on the official web site of the official magazine.
But on the customer service page, and elsewhere on the site, they list the third issue as the current one, which seems to indicate that the fourth issue may not be coming any time soon. Email I’ve sent to their customer service on the subject (firstname.lastname@example.org) have gone unanswered.
And to compound that, the big items for this issue appear to be a behind the scenes look at BlizzCon… something that happened nearly 6 months ago now… and an interview segment with the team that does the cinematic elements for Blizz… a team that had its own very interesting session at BlizzCon, so I hope the magazine can come up with something new.
Of course, I was worried about content for the magazine after issue three came out, as past issues were built up heavily around what Cataclysm would bring. Cataclysm is here now, so they will have to find something else about which to write.
We may have to give EVE Online its due in another category. It might be the only MMO that can effectively sustain its own magazine.
It probably helps that EVE does two major updates a year, so there is always something new.