A few causes. SoO has been a good raid. With the implementation of and difficulty level of flex, raiding and cross realm pugs have become *much* more accessible. Timeless isle has shifted away from the dailies that drove so many people away. Connecting realms has helped the dead realm problem. I think all of this has had an appreciable difference in subscription numbers.
If you look at WOW's history, Dec has always been a good month. In 2011 in the middle of their biggest decline, they only marginally lost subscribers (100k). the following 2 quarters they lost over a million subscribers. In 2012, they lost 400k subscribers, the following quarter it was 1.3 million. Personally I thought they would lose about 100k odd. the next quarter is where things will get interesting. A lot of people either subbed because of WoD news or bought new accounts on the special ($15 for WOW and MoP is a steal). The previous year it was $35 for the same deal so it wasn't as attractive. I have a feeling that they will lose a lot of subs in the next quarter.
Not exacly news. Subs always go up when a new Expack is or soon to be released.
People is preparing for the expack, spread your buttcheaks!
He-he, no wonder. Games for kids will always be popular.
I said what I said to draw attention to the fact that a slight increase in subs in a single 3 month period means nothing next to the drop in sub numbers from the beginning of the year. It is a fact, PR people like to spin the smallest things to make a bad situation seem not bad or not so bad.
A single jump in subs in a single quarter means nothing when it is a measly 2.6% overall increase in a quarter compared it to the 18.75% drop in the past year. Even assuming the next year steadily increases at 2.6% per quarter they still won't regain their losses. The only bonus they have is a new expac coming out. An Expac of reskinned content I might add. The chances of them reaching 9.6 million subs off that is extremely slim.
Now they are even toying with the idea of selling boosts to level 90?
Blizzard is in panic mode right now. All the signs are there. I simply think people shoudl challenge the PR spin and think about the overall situation themselves instead of thinking, "WOOHOO SUB INCREASE WOW IS MAKING A COMEBACK".
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12mil peak from Sept 2010 to Feb 2011, the end of WotLK and the beginning of Cata. Now note that never again has Blizzard touched 12 million subs. Your idea that early in new expacs subs spike is correct, but from this point on the never reach the beginning point of the previous expac. July 2012, low point in Cata, 9.1 million subs. September 2012, high point and release quarter of MoP, 10 million subs. From there another steady drop. Currently 7.6 million subs, upon release of the next expac subs WILL spike, but they WILL NOT peak over 10 million.
And if you don't think the in game store links are a sure sign to Blizzard panicking I can do nothing but point and laugh at you, because that is all you would understand.
It makes me wonder if Blizzard developers even look at this data. Dec 2008, 11.5 million subs which is fairly steady to the beginning of Cata which is 12 million subs. This is a time period with 25 man raiding and 10 man raiding having split loot tables and split lockouts. As soon as they removed that system the sub numbers nosedived. Funny that they don't realize how terribly they fucked up their own game with that one change.
I can just as easily say it was them revamping Hunters to use Focus and not Mana that was the cause, by this logic. Back when they had 12M subs Hunters used Mana. So obviously since they made that change it's responsible for all the sub losses!
PS: woo sub increase i have a feeling Q1, 14 may surprise us again.
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Blizzard is still gonna use the Blizzard store to maximize revenue as that is the current trend where the gaming market is right now, and Blizzard is already expecting losses.
Nothing has changed, Blizzard is still expecting losses. Only idiot fanboys are saying grats and haters are getting mad. The winners on these threads are guys who don't give a fuck and are just doing their own thing.
"Again you say this with such certainty, I'm guessing you have a time machine and have seen the sub increase from the release of WoD to pass on this valuable insight as to what the sub increase will or will not be over, at least state somewhere that this is an opinion as opposed to making it sound like fact in your sentence structure."
It's really not that hard to deduce from the graph, WoD will not generate a 2.2mil sub increase to breach 10mil. Hell, MoP only generated a 900k sub increase
Name one other "MAJOR" change besides the change in the raiding model that could have caused it. You think changing hunters from mana to focus is major? Give me a break. Come back when you have a reply that can be taken seriously. Don't worry, I won't hold my breathe.
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I was actually going to resub for WoD because the garrisons sound like a lot of fun. I still might. The only thing making me think I won;t is that link I posted earlier, asking what would be an acceptable charge for dinging a toon from 60-90. They start selling levels, no way will I ever come back.
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