I hate how these threads inflate. It's like sub numbers are anything new.
And as soon as there's a sub loss, for whatever reason, it validates the whiners who's going to attribute the decline to whatever part of the game they aren't enjoying.
Especially hilarious are those who claim to have played since classic beta, and whine about the game being boring for them. No shit?
These quarter numbers hurt the community. They hurt it because it validates opinions often based on nothing but subjectivity. "I don't like t14 therefore the raids are bad".
And then a minor sub loss is registered, which is to be expected as MoP brought people back, some quit because they didn't feel like they'd like to start playing regularly again, some left because of dailies (ya know, those that Blizzard forces you to do, even though you only get 1000 valor per week max) and some has moved on.
By the way, the game is 8 years old, and you still think subs must go up to show the game is doing good? Despite pretty much everyone who were interested in Warcraft has already tried WoW? Doesn't matter how good the game is, when a game has exhausted it's hype among potential new players.
Like it or not, the game is arguably in the best state it has ever been in, perhaps not for those who were lucky to get a stable guild in classic/bc (which had broken progression anyway), but now we have more players seeing more content than ever. If you can't accept that, it's time to move on.
The game sure didn't get any worse by losing those who didn't like the state of the game, but apparently 95% thought it was worth to keep subscribing.
The subs WILL continue to decrease, because a game cannot attract players forever, regardless how much it improves.
As soon as people get that through their skulls, maybe the forums will be a better place.
Luckily, Blizzard aren't going back to Cataclysms failed design of letting people progress/cap too quickly, get bored and quit.If you use the Cata figures as a template, WOW could lose as many as 2 million subscribers in the 12 months following MoP.
Also, can people stop with the goddamn conspiracy theories? Lying about subs would be devastating to Blizzard, and they count subs the same way they ALWAYS HAVE.