Update (9:15 PM EDT): Added 6.2 notes update

WoW Down to 7.1 Million Subscribers
Blizzard had their Q1 2015 earnings call today, announcing that WoW is down to 7.1 million subscribers at the end of Q1 2015. This is down 2.9 million from the Q4 2014 call that listed WoW at 10 million subscribers. This appears to be the largest drop in subscriber count in the history of the game.

  • Tokens are not included in this timeframe, as they launched in Q2.
  • World of Warcraft’s revenue performance at constant FX has been more stable, driven by continued strong uptake on value added services, and price increases in select regions, which partially offset subscriber declines, particularly in the East.
  • Heroes of the Storm had over 11 million beta sign-ups.
  • Hearthstone is now at 30 million players, up from 25 million last quarter.

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Patch 6.2 PTR Notes Update - May 6
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
General Changes

Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts
Garrison Buildings
  • Mine
    • Mineral nodes should now only be displayed on the mini-map when a character is inside the mine. Characters with Track Minerals active will continue to see mineral nodes from outside the Mine.

Raids and Dungeons
Raids
  • Bonus Roll Changes
    • Seal of Tempered Fate can now be purchased from the Fate-Twisters for gold and no longer has a cap on how many can be obtained per week. Additionally, characters can now hold up to a maximum of 20 Seals of Tempered Fate (up from 10).

Classes

Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Blood
  • Mastery: Blood Shield's Physical damage absorption shield from Death Strike now also counts as having an active mitigation effect active.
Talents
  • Breath of Sindragosa now costs 20 Runic Power per second for Blood Death Knights.

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
General
  • Tranquilizing Shot has switched functionality with Glyph of Tranquilizing Shot. Tranquilizing Shot no longer costs Focus but has a 10-second cooldown.
Glyphs
  • Glyph of Tranquilizing Shot has switched functionality with Tranquilizing Shot. Glyph of Tranquilizing Shot causes Tranquilizing Shot to cost 40 Focus instead of a 10-second cooldown.

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Flameglow now absorbs up to a maximum of 20% damage from each attack (down from 30%).
Armor Sets
  • Tier-17 2-piece set bonus for Fire Mages has been redesigned. It now reduces the cooldown of Inferno Blast by 2 seconds.

Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
General
  • Cloak of Shadows now has a 90-second cooldown (up from 60 seconds).

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Armor Sets
  • Tier 17 4-piece set bonus for Restoration Shaman now reduces the mana cost of Chain Heal by 50% for 8 seconds (down from 75% reduction for 10 seconds).

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Armor Sets
  • PvP 4-piece set bonus for Destruction Warlocks has been redesigned. It now causes Incinerate to deal 25% more damage on targets affected by the Warlock's Immolate.

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Armor Sets
  • Tier-17 4-piece set bonus for Arms Warrior has been redesigned. It now reduces the cost of Mortal Strike by 5 Rage.
This article was originally published in forum thread: WoW Down to 7.1 Million Subscribers started by chaud View original post
Comments 1310 Comments
  1. MakeMeLaugh's Avatar
    That's one hell of a drop, and we are not even on the last tier of the expansion.
  1. Ryme's Avatar
    Once again, wowcensus accurate. Shambles of an expansion, such a shame as it showed so much promise at the start.

    Personally, I blame the garrison and an utter lack of diversified content (it's been over 6 months and counting since release, still no content patch) as the root of most of the issues for pve players.

    Also, whatever happened to the dream of creating a marriage between Timeless Isle and the 5.1 dailies? Why did we just get an even worse timeless isle?

    On average, this means they lost a net sub every 4 seconds since the expansion went live.
  1. sarethen's Avatar
    Damn. I honestly felt like things were better O_O
  1. Master Chief's Avatar
    WoW is dying
  1. Sorrxz's Avatar
    Well deserved lol. Almost 3 million sub loss haha. FIX NEW NIGHT ELF FEMALE!!!!
  1. Zanryu's Avatar
    The subs no longer count since everybody who is really into WoW get their gametime through gold -> WoW Token.
  1. Azgraal's Avatar
    So the humongous boost in subs that WoD reeled in already left and some...
  1. urasim's Avatar
    Oh, sick, I guessed right about the sub loss.

    Sucks to be Blizzard, though. : /
  1. Falrach's Avatar
    Looks like Garrisonville couldn't entertain people lang enough.
    Got 21 days on my account left, looks like I'm following the trend.
  1. Azgraal's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zanryu View Post
    The subs no longer count since everybody who is really into WoW get their gametime through WoW Token.
    The more money to blizzard then, right?
  1. Dezrow's Avatar
    seems like its mostly people who came back for xpack and then realized that they were just done playing.
  1. Hadley-II's Avatar
    Damn, I thought the Twitter-Selfie Patch would bring People back ...NOT!
  1. Iseeyou's Avatar
    Well deserved.

    Wod is bad. The whole design of WoW 2015 is bad.

    Time to move on.

    They wont cgange things, just add more mount in eshop and thats it.

    Like seriously.
  1. Huntakilla's Avatar
    Not surprised by this drop at all, I quit a month ago, the expansion was hyped so hard but they failed to deliver.
  1. Jasper Kazai's Avatar
    Does this count the amount of people who are now paying for the game via WoW tokens?
  1. amzraptor's Avatar
    I personally left coz of no flying mount...yep I am that silly.
  1. Adoxe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zanryu View Post
    The subs no longer count since everybody who is really into WoW get their gametime through WoW Token.
    WoW tokens count as being subbed. They don't check who's buying WoW tokens and who isn't, they check what your account is flagged as, and if you would go and look at your account management page, It still says "Subscribed" even with WoW token active instead.
  1. Zanryu's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Azgraal View Post
    The more money to blizzard then, right?
    Correct. /ten
  1. Haibara's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zanryu View Post
    The subs no longer count since everybody who is really into WoW get their gametime through gold -> WoW Token.
    Someone else is buying those tokens for more money than they would for a regular subscription
  1. McNeil's Avatar
    Good, this game deserved that loss.

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