Renewed interest in Blizzard’s leading MMORPG sees over half a million players signing up

Blizzard has announced there’s been a sizeable upturn in the number of World of Warcraft players over the last few months.

After announcing earlier this year that WoW subscriptions had dipped to 6.8 million, the new statistics show an increase of some 600,000 climbing to 7.4 million as of 30th September.

This growth in numbers can plausibly be down to the imminent release of World of Warcraft’s new expansion, Warlords of Draenor, set to bring new zones, Garrisons and a new level cap of 100. WoW has also just received patch 6.0.2, adding the expansion’s pre-release content, with new character models, new UI quest log and inventory features and the Iron Horde Incursion World Event.

Warlords of Draenor, the fifth expansion for World of Warcraft is to be released on 13th November and we’ll most likely hear of higher subscriber figures at the end of this year’s final quarter as players flood back to check it out. To aid the uptake in subscribers and “make the transition to Warlords of Draenor as seamless as possible for current and returning players”, Activision has made the game’s first four expansions available to all existing WoW accounts.

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