World of Warcraft Subscriptions Rise Dramatically
Warlords of Draenor, the newest expansion to World of Warcraft, has brought the game back to its roots as well as a rise in World of Warcraft subscriptions. Dungeons are more difficult, flying mounts have been grounded, and players get to fight alongside legendary characters from Warcraft history to defeat the Iron Horde. What is essentially a prequel to The Burning Crusade, the dark portal is open once again bringing the heroes of Azeroth back in time to a world that has yet to be ravaged by the trials of war. The expansion comes with a free level 90 upgrade allowing new and veteran players alike an easy transition back into the World of Warcraft. This ploy by Blizzard has worked brilliantly as millions of players have returned once again to Blizzard’s MMO giant.
Only a few weeks after launch Warlords of Draenor has sold 3.3 million copies and subscriptions have once again increased to over 10 million. World of Warcraft subscriptions had fallen to 6.8 million in June of this year, the lowest since its release over ten years ago. With this subscription decline, fans of the series thought they had finally seen the inevitable fall of this MMO king which had seen decreasing numbers since its peak in October 2010. In 2010 during the Wrath of the Lich King subscriptions rose to over 12 million.
Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment expressed his excitement with the positive response to WoW’s latest expansion. “We’re thrilled that so many players jumped in to play Warlords of Draenor on day one and are having a great time with the new content. We poured a lot of hard work and passion into this expansion and we appreciate all the kind words from the players and the overwhelming support they continue to show for World of Warcraft.”
With the holidays upon us these impressive numbers are surely to rise and World of Warcraft subscriptions may once again bring World of Warcraft back to its former glory. Level 90 upgrades aside, Blizzard really went all out on this expansion and is arguably the best one they have ever released. Hopefully these numbers will stay steady and fans of the series will be able to see many more years of support for the World of Warcraft.
For more information on the newest expansion check out our official review of Warlords of Draenor coming soon.
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