Submitted by tylercolp 738d ago | news

World of Warcraft loses 600K subscribers worldwide in four months

World of Warcraft's steadily declining subscriber base has dropped by 600,000 worldwide in four months, leaving the popular fantasy MMO at 7.7 million players. (Blizzard, PC, World of Warcraft)

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porkChop  +   738d ago
This is good. With people moving on from WoW to newer, better MMOs it'll give developers more incentive to innovate and be creative rather than trying to emulate WoW.
die_fiend  +   738d ago
Yeah but MMOs are obviously ridiculously expensive. It's not like any developers can even afford to make them, let alone go off on a tangent and see if people bite. I'm hoping they're putting their efforts into Destiny
aiBreeze  +   737d ago
There isn't really better MMOs though.. with the exception of a rare few, most are just poor WoW (or EQ) clones.
Neixus  +   737d ago
I still want to see how other mmo's can implement pvp, without copying wow :)
Because the Arenas in wow, despite umbalanced sometimes, is -alot- of fun. You can't deny that.

Other MMO's pvp system, as far as i know, only got battlegrounds in it, and world pvp. But 3v3 and 2v2 is so much better than that. You also makes good friends that way, played with some people 2 years ago, they've quit, but i still have daily contact with them on facebook / skype
Linwelin  +   737d ago
Lineage 2 had better PVP than WoW in my opnion, played them both loved L2 more because of the PVP, ok it was a grind fest, but i spent most of my time pvping than grinding.
3-4-5  +   737d ago
Yea somebody need to create WoW 2014 though.

Not exactly WoW, but WoW offered a lot that other MMO's don't, the main thing being:

It works and is almost bug free. You can play the game and know that for the next 2-3 years, everything is going to work fine.

Yea you have to pay $15 a month, but you know that your getting your money's worth.

All these Free to play MMO's just don't work and I don't feel like putting up with BS to play a game.

I actually like the Art Style in WoW. You can see what everything is. Bricks look like bricks, stone like stone, trees like trees and so on. It's also very colorful which is a GOOD thing.

That being said, there are so many ideas beyond what is in WoW that a new MMO could benefit from.

We've learned a lot since 2004.

I stopped played in 2007 though so maybe it's not the same game.
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joel_c17  +   738d ago
Probably cause WoW sold out and became pretty crap after WotLK
LoaMcLoa  +   737d ago
Yupp, they made The game waaay too easy
Theres no real feeling for accomplishment anymore
awi5951  +   737d ago
Dude the raiding in wrath was a total joke. My guild got the kingslayer title easy after the LK wing was unlocked. We were a server first guild but still it was way easier than raids past and even today throne of thunder was more of a challenge. The only good raid in wrath was uldar before the nerfs. I had the best gear in uldar only to have it replaced by 5 man gear in the fall that made me quit wow for about year.
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Logak  +   738d ago
I will miss WoW, all my friends I have made over the years.. But, too be honest, I have gotten really sick of WoW and all of the god forsaken grinding.
The next expansion better be amazing to make me play wow a lot again.
ramtah  +   738d ago
Star wars the old republic was my first mmo and my last. and my last game i will ever buy from EA and Bioware.
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Einhert  +   738d ago
Don't judge MMOs based on that terrible game

IF they were going to do a proper star wars MMO, they should have done an updated more polished star wars galaxies.

Now that was an MMO
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coolbeans  +   737d ago
"Don't judge MMOs based on that terrible game"

I thought that was a great title. :/

Though still willing to hold onto the 'holy trinity' layout and other WoW tropes firmly, I loved the art style, the SP components placed into an MMO, etc. etc.

Would like to see how it is with Hutt Cartel expansion now that it's been brought up.
aliengmr  +   737d ago

Spot on.

If you consider the budget that SWG had what they were able to do with it. It was by no mean perfect, but it had one of the best space sims out there.
aiBreeze  +   737d ago
SWTOR was more like a single player game with MMO features than a fully fledged MMO.
Einhert  +   737d ago
Even as a single player it was tragic

The voice acting was very plain and average

The storylines were very mind numbing particularly the sith inquisitors storyline.

To think they had the gall to say this would fill in for KOTR
aiBreeze  +   737d ago
Sith Inquisitor was the worst storyline I played. Jedi Knight, Sith Warrior, Bounty Hunter, Imperial Agent.. all of those storylines were quality and really captured the feel they were going for.

The game is hardly a masterpiece but I imagine it left Star Wars fans satisfied with what it set out to do.
thezeldadoth  +   737d ago
^ no most star wars fans i know didn't like it at all. It didn't feel like star wars. the story, the art style, the way they handled the worlds, nothing felt like star wars in that game.
Ngai  +   738d ago
There's this new game called A Realm Reborn. It's coming out next month. It will be awesome.
EliteDave93  +   737d ago
If they would lower the price i might start playing again. But i doubt that will happen.
Neixus  +   737d ago
Probably will go F2P soon, they added so much cosmetic items you can buy, gives you no upper hand on players,though. Which is good.
Demster  +   737d ago
all the people that'll go butthurt after paying fees for years, haha. it'll be a shitstorm.
Jyndal  +   737d ago
WoW was a phenomenon, at first. As the game went on, it slowly spiraled downwards into being a 'the flavor of the month' style of game, much like the multitude of CoD games. Everyone was anxious to get the next bit of content, even though it was obvious it was going to be watered down.

WoW's high point was the WotLK expansion, in terms of the player-base. I sunk about 3 1/2 years into WoW, not as much as some, but enough to be saddened over what the game has become. I carry many fond memories of raiding Ulduar, Serpentshrine Cavern, Black Temple, Eye of Eternity, and many other locales. I killed more of the Horde than I could easily count, and enjoyed every moment of doing so.

I play ALOT of MMORPG's, but nothing as of yet has captured the same feeling as I had from playing WoW. I'm hoping Wildstar will bring back some of that feeling, but I rather doubt it.
Prcko  +   737d ago
never forget vanilla wow
molten core,BWL,naxx
burning crusade was last good from blizzard,everything added after is pure crap for kids
Neixus  +   737d ago
Raiding stopped being fun in wotlk tbh, pvp is still fun. The majority are PvE players, so that may explain the loss of subs
orakle44  +   737d ago
I agree completely, raiding in vanilla wow was truly epic, 40 man raids, ill never forget. I also raided a lot during BC, but once WotLK came out the game just got nerfed too much, lost its appeal for me. Its sad how many people never did get to experience vanilla wow.
Demster  +   737d ago
questing in the barrens at 5 am during summer break, getting drunk at the darkmoon faire, go sightseeing with the homies and discover some cool stuff. oh man good times
InTheLab  +   737d ago
I really miss vanilla WoW.

Remember when getting your first epic mount was cause for a guild wide celebration?

Or the first time you got attuned?

Or s***ing yourself after finding a Black Lotus?

I was never really big on raiding as I didn't have time to commit to schedules but those 5 mans and Baron runs were really something special.

It's a shame it's all gone to s***.
CaptainPunch  +   737d ago
Never got into WoW, guess the game was great in its prime.
mafiahajeri  +   737d ago
Im starting to think Blizzard is a one trick pony...
STK026  +   737d ago
You mean, the developer of Diablo, StarCraft and WarCraft; the ones who developed two of the most iconic RTS in the history of gaming and went on to create the most popular subscription based MMO ever are a one trick pony?

Care to elaborate please?
jeffgoldwin  +   737d ago
StarCraft is a pretty big deal. I'll have to try that one out soon. And that new pc/ipad card game, Hearthstone looks interesting.
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annus  +   737d ago
And let's not forget the fact that World of Warcraft has been running for nearly 9 years just through expansions, and STILL has 7.7 million monthly PAYING customers. That's more than any other game has ever done.

Huge drop in numbers considering they were sitting at 12mil subscribers at the end of 2011 though.
jukins  +   737d ago
starting to think? haha Its been that way for awhile. Not saying the games they make are bad but they haven't really tried anything different in a long long time.
Perjoss  +   737d ago
Interesting how things have not gone so well for Blizzard since their 'merge' with Activision.

Quite sad that pretty much my favourite games developer merged with my most hated :(
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jairusmonillas  +   737d ago
People moved on to play League of Legends and Dota 2.
4lc4pon3  +   737d ago
I was a very hardcore WoW player for around 7 years and about 6 months ago I quit. They have totally ruined world of warcraft. THey made it so easy there is no point n playing anymore & the community as in the people are awful rude jerks. On top of it all I am so sick of paying $16.19 per month

I left and I am now playing DOTA 2 & now guild wars 2 which both are FREE to play and both amazing games. WoW will fall one day. at one point we had around 12 million players to a low 7.7 now. Its dying
Mikeyy  +   737d ago
Good maybe now they will try harder on d3.
Antiddoser  +   737d ago
they're migrating over to FFXIV: ARR LOL
Red_Devilz  +   737d ago
Wait until EverQuest Next comes out.

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