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Today, Activision announced that it is buying itself out from under Vivendi's shadow, but that's not the only recent news coming out of the mega-publisher. WoW's subscriptions continue to decline.
We've seen World of Warcraft's subscribers continue to dwindle for a few years now, and Activision Blizzard's most recent report puts subscriptions at 7.7 Million, falling from 8.3 million subscribers only a few months ago. In spite of this shrinkage, World of Warcraft remains the world's largest subscription-based MMORPG.
Our TakeI don't really find this surprising. WoW has had a good, long run. World of Warcraft debuted back in 2004, meaning it's been a staple of the gaming landscape for nearly a decade. The game has been a massive cash cow for Blizzard for a long time, and even if it dies now, it will have been well worth its development. Personally, I'm eager for Blizzard to finally put the game to rest so we can see what the company has lined up next. And I don't just mean the company's next MMOs. I'm sure that Blizzard held off releasing another WarCraft RTS while WoW was active in order to avoid splintering the brand, but that may not be the case much longer!
[Source: WoW Insider]
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The players will get back IF they would just show the new character models. They have been working them for years now and for the love of everything that is holy, making new 3D models DOES NOT take that long
a few more million deserters and Blizzard is going to have to release Titan. Lets do it!
I'm surprised in myself for not even touching WOW for it's decade of existence, especially since I love RPGs. And even now, in my realization of this, I still won't play it.
monthly subscriptions get costly and with this economy, i don't blame some of the subscribers
7.7 million is still a very impressive player base for a game that is almost 10 years old! I personally couldn't get into it...bet thats just me.
As a Guild Wars 2 player, I can't help but feel a little proud of "my" MMO for maybe convincing some of those players to switch.
(Also, I think the subscription model is very doomed.)
Well, 7.7 million subscribers is still a huge amount. While they may eventually have to stop wow, I really don't see it in the immediate future. Though I do wish they would wrap it up and work on Warcraft 4,but that's just me.
It was lower than this before Mists came out wasn't it? Either way, I might finally be completely finished with WoW. I don't like ActiBlizzard's business practices, and the fact that they are adding an Cash Shop to the game might be the nail in the coffin.
Seems so strange to think of WoW not being around. When it finally closes down it would be the end of an era.
I'm impressed, WoW has been an MMO champ for almost 10 years. I can't believe I started playing this for almost 10 years now (with little breaks here and there, of course). I'm glad I have been able to support the guys at Blizzard and receive a product worthy of keeping my attention for almost a decade in return. It wouldn't break my heart for them to drop the subscription fee though :)
I've never played WOW, but that's still a lot of players.
This isn't surprising at all. People have been waiting for a WoW replacement to release for quite some time. It arguably hasn't come yet, but people have been long tired of the Theme Park model the game uses.
Blizzard releases a new expansion. People come back for said expansion. People exhaust all the content of said expansion and become bored. People leave and the subscribers decline. WoW releases a new expansion and people return as there is no true alternative to WoW.
WoW has just become dated and unless Blizzard takes some major steps to rectify this decline by changing their strategy, I only see this decline continuing.
Let me guess. Leroy Jekins quit WOW for a long while?
Ready for Blizzard's next project. I've had a blast with Warcraft, been playing it since the original game (never got too deep into WoW, but played for a few months), and StarCraft. Both franchises are great, and they've really fleshed out the two worlds....but lets see what's up your sleeve now, Blizzard....(*he says while realizing that ANY Blizzard project started now will take AT LEAST half a decade to see the light of day...)
WoW was fun for me... just i got to a point where it started to be too mechanic.
i left, went to some other MMO, i dont pay subs anymore, im happy and all, but its sad to see such a glorious giant going down, slowly, but it is.
well, i just hope blizz doesn't ruin it. because it would be glorious to see WoW dying with a crown over its head.