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World of Warcraft Subscribers Plummet

by William Schwartz

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Blizzard have announced that World of Warcraft has seen a drop to 5.6 million subscribers, its lowest figure in a while.

This is 1.5 million lower than the 7.1 million people who were subscribed just a few months ago. That, too, was a steep drop from the 10.5 million people who were subscribed following the launch of the Warlords of Draenor expansion, which released last November. Warlords of Draenor marked the fifth expansion in the long-running MMORPG and featured an increased level cap of 100, eight new five-man dungeons and two new raids.

Blizzard are in Germany this week, where they’re expected to reveal the sixth expansion to World of Warcraft on August 6th, with a stream starting at 9am PDT. Dependent on the release date of said expansion, it could mark the shortest interval period between the release of two World of Warcraft expansions; indicative of the quality of Warlords of Draenor, perhaps?

Some fans have often called for World of Warcraft to adopt a free-to-play model, and a significant reduction in subscribers will only add greater pressure on Blizzard to do so.

Are you one of the 1.5 million who un-subscribed from World of Warcraft in recent months, and if so, what compelled you to do so?

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