As you might have heard yesterday, Activision Blizzard announced their latest financial results. As part of those results, they also revealed that their World of Warcraft MMORPG had lost even more subscribers, bringing them down to a total of 6.8 million active subscribers. Granted that’s still a pretty huge figure and a figure most MMORPGs would love to achieve, but it’s definitely not where the game used to be back in its heyday.
So should gamers, investors, or even Blizzard be worried that the numbers are declining? Well apparently not, at least that’s not what Blizzard’s boss, Mike Morhaime, seems to think so. “And as expected, we did see a decline in subscribers, which mostly came out of the east. This pattern is right in line, percentage-wise, with the drops that we saw at Cataclysm’s cycle in Q2 2012. That drop in 2012 was followed by an uptick in subscribers just ahead of Mists of Pandaria’s launch. So we’re hoping to see players return once we draw closer to the release of Warlords of Draenor later this year.”
Like we mentioned in our earlier report, it is not surprising to see the subscriber base dip. After all it has been a while since Mists of Pandaria was released and most gamers had probably completed most if not all of the content that was offered. This means that gamers probably don’t see a need to keep paying for a subscription when there’s not much left to do.
Blizzard still has yet to announce a release date for Warlords of Draenor but according to a recent announcement by the developers, they will be holding an event on the 14th of August where they are expected to reveal the game’s cinematics as well as its release date.