View Poll Results: How many subs will be cancelled by the end of MoP?

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  • 0 people will have canceled

    316 27.94%
  • Less than 500,000

    223 19.72%
  • 500,000 - 1,000,000

    188 16.62%
  • 1,000,001 - 2,000,000

    156 13.79%
  • 2,000,001 - 3,000,000

    90 7.96%
  • More than 3,000,000

    158 13.97%
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  1. #161
    it depnds when the "date of checking" is there is nearly always a large drop off of subs just before the build up to the next expac when people get bored of the final raid.

    i think a better question would be how many subs will there be at MoP's peak

  2. #162
    Quote Originally Posted by Darsithis View Post
    I vote for 0 people having canceled.
    Really? You think no one will quit? Even if subs stay at 9 million, thats because some people quit and some people join.

    You should say: "I think it will stay at 9 million."

  3. #163
    Quote Originally Posted by Conscious View Post
    The record breaking sales, and then the record breaking subscription losses never ceased to amaze me.

    Which is why I'm positive that the those who did quit are that much more wary of coming back, hence we'll see low sales, and a low initial spike.

    And then I'm going to go with another decline, purely because people are just playing other things.





    Did you look at the other results? This sample size is predicting a loss by a landslide. And yes, Cataclysm was widely considered a failure, because people quit, regardless of their motives.

    WoW's success has always been based off of subscription gains and sales, it only makes sense that it's failures are based off of it's losses.
    You get a lot of undeserved hate on these forums, while making valid points. Kudos.

  4. #164
    Why are all these disguised doomsday threads appearing now?

    Anyway, a silly thread deserves a silly answer so I predict zero.

  5. #165
    Quote Originally Posted by Awe View Post
    You do realize that that only few in between MMO-s really "dies" so far? The biggest fail was probably Tabula Rasa. Star Wars Galaxies died becouse of licensing issues with Lucasarts. Then there was City of Heroes (?) recently. Aside from that, still many games working fine with smaller communities.
    There's actually quite a few MMOs that have died (CoH is not shut down quite yet, but will be soon, btw). From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_MMORPGs:

    Asheron's Call 2
    BOTS!!
    Concerto Gate
    Cross Gate
    Dark and Light
    Diaspora
    Dungeon Runners
    Earth & Beyond
    Earth Eternal
    Fury
    The Legend of Ares
    Legends of Future Past
    LEGO Universe
    The Matrix Online
    Phoenix Dynasty Online
    Rubies of Eventide
    Shadowbane
    Star Wars: Galaxies
    Tabula Rasa
    Underlight
    Yulgang (Scions of Fate)

    Not all of these are well known, of course.
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    pe rhaps one or two will drop when the finished raid patches but hey, that's ALWAYS happening.
    voted 0 cause I think it will sustain the subs.

  7. #167
    Quote Originally Posted by Osmeric View Post
    There's actually quite a few MMOs that have died (CoH is not shut down quite yet, but will be soon, btw). From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_MMORPGs:

    Asheron's Call 2
    BOTS!!
    Concerto Gate
    Cross Gate
    Dark and Light
    Diaspora
    Dungeon Runners
    Earth & Beyond
    Earth Eternal
    Fury
    The Legend of Ares
    Legends of Future Past
    LEGO Universe
    The Matrix Online
    Phoenix Dynasty Online
    Rubies of Eventide
    Shadowbane
    Star Wars: Galaxies
    Tabula Rasa
    Underlight
    Yulgang (Scions of Fate)

    Not all of these are well known, of course.
    Yes sure. I kind of ment more high profile or mainstream titles. Or at least something that I heard about I played many MMO (more than 10 I think) and from the above list most titles I never heard about. Played Star Wars Galaxies (it was a great game before NGE in my opinion) and Tabula Rasa. Heard about Asherons Call and Matrix Online also read some blog posts about Fury few years ago. As for rest I had no idea they even existed. Also from the list above the only titles which I would consider were expected to be BIG were Star Wars Galaxies and Tabula Rasa. SWG was destroyed by NGE (probably the largest MMO player exodus I am aware of) but even despite that it lasted for 8 years and died mostly becouse of licensing issues with Lucasarts. Tabula Rasa was supposed to be great (SCI FI MMO made my industry's legend Richard Garriot) but it was clear after one week that this game is just bad. I consider TR to be the biggest failure in the history of MMO. As for the rest high-profile titles, they are still alive and working well. I often bring an example of EVE Online becouse I have larger experience with it. And I can assure you that despite only 300,000 subs from which many are alts (many EVE players own multiple accounts) the game feels very alive and robust with dedicated and loyal community.

  8. #168
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    I'm gonna bid $1, Bob.

  9. #169
    Xfire results just came in and wow is not looking too good, even GW2 on opening day had over 25 000 hours more played time with a lot more launch issues.

    We definitely not going to see a reverse in the decline with wow and having logged into d3 yest evening I was shocked at how empty my friends list was still.

  10. #170
    Quote Originally Posted by Crazyjoe View Post
    Xfire results just came in and wow is not looking too good, even GW2 on opening day had over 25 000 hours more played time with a lot more launch issues.

    We definitely not going to see a reverse in the decline with wow and having logged into d3 yest evening I was shocked at how empty my friends list was still.
    As a complete idiot when it comes to Xfire, is it reliable? If so, could you give us a link, I would like to view this.

  11. #171
    Quote Originally Posted by TheJekyll View Post
    As a complete idiot when it comes to Xfire, is it reliable? If so, could you give us a link, I would like to view this.
    Using Xfire as a way to judge how well a game did is a poor way to go about it. I mean seriously, you are going to go by an instant messenger system on how good a game does. An instant messenger system that only a subset of WoW players would use. I would personally wait until Blizzard comes out with a statement on sale figures.

  12. #172
    Quote Originally Posted by ngc2440 View Post
    Using Xfire as a way to judge how well a game did is a poor way to go about it. I mean seriously, you are going to go by an instant messenger system on how good a game does. An instant messenger system that only a subset of WoW players would use. I would personally wait until Blizzard comes out with a statement on sale figures.
    Are you arguing that the subset of players who use Xfire is significantly biased? It could be, but in past experience with WoW vs. other games, Xfire did seem to do a reasonable job of tracking relative usage (see SWTOR, Rift, etc.)
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  13. #173
    Quote Originally Posted by Crazyjoe View Post
    Xfire results just came in and wow is not looking too good, even GW2 on opening day had over 25 000 hours more played time with a lot more launch issues.

    We definitely not going to see a reverse in the decline with wow and having logged into d3 yest evening I was shocked at how empty my friends list was still.
    Had the same issue. Only 4 people on my friend list are playing MoP. Out of my entire 25 man guild at the start of Cataclysm only 4 are actively playing MoP (and these are people that started in vanilla / TBC) - some are still on the fence - the rest will not return. Kind of worrying numbers. Having said that I think MoP will increase subs initially and will retain them better than Cataclysm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kipling View Post
    it depnds when the "date of checking" is there is nearly always a large drop off of subs just before the build up to the next expac when people get bored of the final raid.

    i think a better question would be how many subs will there be at MoP's peak
    I don't think so. The only time this ever happened was at the end of cataclysm. BC continued to grow like crazy and WOTLK sat at its steady 11.5 mil almost its entire life. Vanilla was also in continual growth as well.

  15. #175
    This is idiotic; how, exactly, are we supposed to know? Many things could've happened by then - maybe Blizzard's data center will be hit by a meteor. Or maybe the next patch will also include a bar of pure gold mailed to each subscriber's house. There are an almost infinite number of possibilities - are we just supposed to guess?

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    While I'd like to say "0," based on recent growth (or lack there of) trends, I'd say lose another 500k-1million my MoP's end.
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  17. #177
    Quote Originally Posted by Moshic View Post
    I agree, I also vote for 1 million. After a million gained when the only other less popular MMO at the moment dies.
    I don't know if you're talking about SWTOR or GW2, but neither are going to "die". I actually think SWTOR will pick up again once it goes F2P, and GW2 was already a huge success for ANet. It takes a lot for a MMO to just "die". As long as people are playing it, no matter how many or how few, it's not dead.

  18. #178
    Quote Originally Posted by Osmeric View Post
    Are you arguing that the subset of players who use Xfire is significantly biased? It could be, but in past experience with WoW vs. other games, Xfire did seem to do a reasonable job of tracking relative usage (see SWTOR, Rift, etc.)
    Yes, yes I am. I am also arguing that xfire is only used by a small minority of the WoW community.

  19. #179
    Quote Originally Posted by nameuser View Post
    Really? You think no one will quit? Even if subs stay at 9 million, thats because some people quit and some people join.

    You should say: "I think it will stay at 9 million."
    That was exactly my point, too. Saying "0" is absurd. People will always quit for whatever reason. It may even out because of new subs, or the subs my grow, but that's because of new people joining, or resubbing.

    ---------- Post added 2012-09-26 at 10:10 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Pancaspe View Post
    MOP is guaranteed to set a new record for subs. I expect over 15 million.
    WoW will never see 15 million, sorry. Many people have moved on. It will probably see more then it had with Cata, if MoP doesn't disappoint in the months to come, but it won't get 15 million. Not even close. Even if MoP is the best thing to happen to WoW, it won't get that high.
    Last edited by VibrantViolet; 2012-09-26 at 02:12 PM.

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    OP tries to assert that the majority of lost subs in Wrath didn't come from ICC lasting a year.

    OP tries to assert that the majority of lost subs overall didn't happen because Cataclysm started out overtuned and continued with extremely weak patches until 4.3--which began losing when it stretched into its second-nearing-third fiscal quarter and several high-profile releases hit shelves after completely stemming the flow at first.

    OP tries to extrapolate, that based on player burnout from overlong content patches and a poorly-designed endgame in the following expansion, the expansion that has had an overwhelmingly-positive ingame response will cause massive sub bleeds.

    Oh, his name's "Oldschoolwow." No bias here, I'm sure.

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