Then again, there's this misguided capitalistic culture and view in certain western worlds that tells you that the only success is continued massive growth, whereas anyone with half a brain knows there's no such thing as infinitely sustained growth. And when we have people like that running the world, suddenly there's an economic collapse, and everyone's all like "Huh, wha? How could this happen!?"
Then there's of course the small matter of Mists of Pandaria being the most polarizing and "vilified" expansion this game has seen, getting 50%/50% and worse ratings on Youtube for all the previews, being slammed left and right on every single forum months in advance, getting such unbelievable anti-hype that you'd think not a single soul would buy it.
Yet 2.7 million did already in a week. You really surprised it got a slower start? You really surprised it got less action than the earlier expansions which nobody had any problems buying?
Based on all I've read on the forums, I thought I'd be one of the few who buys it, and even still, who cares. What do you need millions of people for? Battlegrounds, instances and raids are regionwide, quests you can do with your friends through crossrealm zoning. It's not like you'll ever see 10000 different people in the game, let alone 1 million. Let alone 10.
But no. "Amagad WoW only has 10x the players of any other similar MMO right now! Amagad it's dead! Blerpp."