In today’s investor call for Quarter 2 of 2014, Blizzard revealed that World of Warcraft’s active subscriber base has dropped down to 6.8 million subscribers. That’s a drop of 800,000 subscribers in the three months since the Quarter 1 investor call.
However, there’s no need to put on your tinfoil hat and assume this means the end for the world’s most popular MMO. It’s not unheard of for World of Warcraft to dip in subscribers before the release of an upcoming expansion. At the moment, there’s not that much to do in-game if you’ve already experienced all of the end-game content. If you no longer find joy in World of Warcraft’s many other extracurricular activities, or maybe you’ve already experienced them all, there’s really no reason to stick around until the next expansion hits.
Although World of Warcraft’s subscriber base has been declining for some time now, that’s still damn near 7 million subscribers each paying $15 a month. That’s a lot of money World of Warcraft is still making, so there’s no need to fret there.
I recently returned to World of Warcraft after a year-long hiatus in anticipation for Warlords of Draenor, and words can’t describe how excited I am to head back to Outland. I’m sure a good chunk of subscribers will also be returning to the MMO that’s near impossible to permanently quit.
As previously reported on Examiner, the Warlords of Draenor’s street date will be announced on August 14 during Blizzard’s special livestream event.