With Mists of Pandaria just around the corner Activision Blizzard is hoping that their “dwindling” subscriber base will see a huge increase in returning and new players. World of Warcraft was, at one time, seeing 12 million subscribers on average and has recently dropped as low as the 9 million mark. There are quite a few factors that come into play for this decrease. WoW has been around since the end of 2004 and the age is definitely driving some players to newer worlds to explore. Blizzard is notorious for long development cycles for the expansions for their flagship MMO, but when they do launch something new, you can be assured it is a quality product.