Warlords of Draenor expected to draw players back in.
Blizzard has announced WoW subscriptions have dipped to around 6.8 million, although the company reminds us that the game is still the, "number 1 subscription-based MMORPG". This claim is substantiated by recently published figures showing pay to play MMO revenues.
Despite still leading the MMO pack, the latest subscription figures show a further drop from a decline to 7.7m reported last year.
Staying positive on the issue, Blizzard president Mike Morhaime has stated that Wolrd of Warcraft "remains healthy" and that the drop in paying players was to be expected as WoW’s last expansion, Mists of Pandaria, released in 2012, nears the "end of its life cycle".
"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 drop that we saw at the end of Cataclysm's cycle in Q2 2012," Morhaime said. "That drop in 2012 was followed by an uptake in subscribers just ahead of Myst of Pandaria's launch.”
"We're hoping to see players return once we draw closer to the release of Warlords of Draenor later this year” concluded Morhaime.
Warlords of Draenor is soon to get a confirmed release date with Blizzard holding a live event next week marking the occasion.
The new expansion will be raising the level-cap to 100 with players offered the ability to boost one new or existing character to level 90. Player Garrisons will also be incoming as will increased polygon counts for character models.