The lights are on
Player subscriptions for World of Warcraft has dropped to 9.1 million worldwide, Activision Blizzard announced today. Last quarter, total subscribers were at 10.2 million. It's not all bad for Blizzard, however. Diablo III has sold more than 10 million copies since launch. 1.2 million of those came from the World of Warcraft Annual Pass.
The upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, Mists of Pandaria, launches September 25, 2012.
Honestly, I'm truly surprised it has managed to hold as many subscribers as it has for all these years. There just doesn't seem to be any meaningful goal to work towards when it comes to (any) MMO's.
At some point, people become more interested in beating or exploiting the systems and that never works out well for such a socially minded gameplay experience.
If World of Warcraft keeps pumping out quality content, people will keep playing.
Time to take W.O.W. out behind the barn...........
9.1 million subscribers is still an impressive number. But when MoP(MeH) comes out I foresee a bigger drop...
the subs always drop during summer as people wait for the new expansion they just let their account go and come back when the new expansion hits
give me a Warcraft 4 RTS, have it pick up right after Frozen Throne, and declare all off WOW some alternete universe spin off junk so that all the ruined lore doesnt F up the RTS.