Why has World of Warcraft hit a nine-year low in subscriber numbers?

Subscriber numbers for World of Warcraft have fallen drastically in the last few years and despite Warlords of Draenor's nostalgic touches, players have continued to move away from Azeroth. Sam from Pixel Dynamo takes a closer look at why exactly subscriber numbers continue to fall for Blizzard's MMO and takes a look at the future of the game.

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reallyNow1542d ago

the question answers itself, doesnt it?

NotanotherReboot1542d ago

hehe Ricky from Trailer Park boys!

XBLSkull1542d ago

I mean the game pre-dates last gen consoles, it's a miracle people still play at all. People should just quit all together and they'll probably make a whole new, up to date game for you.

Jubez1871542d ago

Along with the fact it started to cater to a more casual audience as years went on. I also heard it got very cash shop-y

Raf1k11542d ago

Yep, shit loads of re-skinned mounts in game and most of the good unique mounts are in the real money shop.

Pretty crazy considering they charge monthly for this game.

Mega241542d ago

Yep. Everything went downfall after the Rise of the Zalandari patch. They slacked really hard on content, the fact that you could faceroll through most heroics and hardmode raids.

_LarZen_1542d ago

"Why has World of Warcraft hit a nine-year low in subscriber numbers?"

Because it has not evolved with time.

BlackTar1871542d ago (Edited 1542d ago )

That's not really true. The game has gone thru 2 major facelifts. Also why change everything really when you are the most successful long term game of all time.

I think like they said above why does it have the lowest? Well because the game has been out for like 14yrs lol. God how many companies would give everything for 25% of this success

_LarZen_1542d ago (Edited 1542d ago )

Yeah I know. Been playing the game for years and years.

But "static" gameplay with a screen filled up with abilities is the way it was before. Most mmorpg games have moved away from that years ago.

Faster action based real time battle. With limited abilities is how a mmorpg should be today.

And every npc should have quality voice overs. No more walls of texts that no one except a little hardcore group cares to read.

And a even bigger boost in graphics would not hurt.

Do that and turn it in to F2P with a cosmetic and level boost store and the player base would sky rocket.

Roccetarius1542d ago (Edited 1542d ago )

You pointed out another problem with Blizzard. Why change when you can just milk the subscribers for limited content, because they're not cancelling their sub.

This happened some time ago, but Blizzard noticed they could invest minimal money into the expansions, while making back big bucks.

Retroman1542d ago

maybe gamers tired of it ready for something fresh and New . 9 years c'mon

USMC_POLICE1542d ago

You would think that but look at COD

reallyNow1541d ago

its a moderately different call of duty every time at least.

Mega241542d ago

Actually, that was what made people leave, they made the game so easy to play, it was boring. WoW of today doesn't even come close to the WoW before Cataclysm. Some changes where for the good, but others were really bad.

Roccetarius1542d ago

Mostly changes for the worse, really. It started to really go downhill with Cataclysm, and it was even worse with Mists and the removal of talent trees.

The list of bad is too long, but the short of it is that they're trying to cater to a fleeting audience. They're trying to catch every kind of player with the same net, and it's now backfiring on them.

gangsta_red1542d ago (Edited 1542d ago )

Nothing lasts forever. I'm sure the older players got ..older..and moved on with life. Not to mention there are so many other MMO options for new players to chose from and also I suspect the rise of more popular Moba's among the PC crowd.

Roccetarius1542d ago (Edited 1542d ago )

Something that's very obvious to the eye, is that WoW is looking like a very old game now. Not to mention there's really no complexity / depth to the gameplay, because they're trying to make it as simple as possible to catch a wider audience.

And then there's the lack of content updates. Now they're offering less major updates per expansion, which is going to affect their subscriber numbers as well.

It's pretty sad, really. The game with the most subscribers, is the one offering the least updates.

gangsta_red1542d ago

I never played WoW but I had co-workers who swore by this game like a cocaine addiction. It seriously consumed their lives, some only got out by completely shutting down their subscription and never returning again.

It looked interesting but I saw what it did to them, no way was I going to be that guy.

I just couldn't understand what is there to do in a game like that for that long of time. I wonder if others thought the same, spending money and time and really not accomplishing any real end goals. At least that is how I see it.

V0LT1542d ago

I agree. I was 25 when wow came out. Mmo's are a major time sink that I just won't have time for anymore.

Ashlen1542d ago (Edited 1542d ago )

I think it's lack of new content. In this day when you have got MMO's releasing content updates every 2-4 months WOW's 2-3 year per expansion just stagnates.

That and the price increase. Since they raised the price they have lost massive numbers. I think in part there was a lot of people who had subs they never played. Then when Blizzard was like "pay more for something you're already not using" it was the tipping point it took to get people to finally cancel their subs.

Baka-akaB1542d ago (Edited 1542d ago )

It's not really the lack of new content . They consistently added content via patches , like any regular mmos , aside from their expansions .

There is a just a fatigue , and a shift of clients withput necessarily a new influx , partly for the other reasons you mentioned

MRMagoo1231542d ago

They haven't added anything decent since warlords of draenor came out the only content added was raids, oh and the amazing selfie camera /sarcasm then tanaan jungle which is pretty much a giant lump of apexis dailies that no one wanted in the first place after having to grind them for half a year already.

Baka-akaB1542d ago

Hey i'm not defending the game at it's current stage , it's just still added content from june . I should know , some friends wouldnt shut up about it

rataranian1542d ago

uhhh probably because the people who used to play it are now 93 years old.

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