The lights are on
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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This is a little depressing, I loved WoW up until M.O.P.
I'm still having fun with the game. My server is still incredibly populated and active, and that's not including the cross-realm activity. Even though the subs are dropping, 7.7 million is still an incredible amount of subscriptions.
Will we see the fall of this gaming giant? Probably not, 7.7 mil is not a bad number in the slightest. Although I'm sure the numbers will inevitably reach an all time low, mainly because of a nasty community and, well, more of the same almost decade old game if you ask me. Like everything else, it's just finishing it's long, glorious life slowly but surely.
Wow, that's a few more million people getting their lives back. :P Nah, seriously, I guess that's probably bitter-sweet for the series fans. Even for an MMO, a good decade is a loooonnggg time for a game to have completely run its course. Totally expect another one for next-gen, probably will ask for your soul and or higher monthly fees.
Interesting... Hmm... I never was interested in World Of Warcraft but I do know that people enjoy it.
Hard to believe it's been that long since WoW came out. I bought it back when it came out and played it pretty steadily until right after Wrath of the Lich King. Hey, this is nothing to celebrate or mourn. Reeves is right, Blizzard has been beyond successful with WoW, and if it ends tomorrow, it will have been a job well done.