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 1320 Comments
  1. Darksoldierr's Avatar
    DED GAEM
    /ten char

    Infracted
  1. McTurbo's Avatar
    great start. and just like a lot of people predicted without new content given in regular cycles people leave. biggest MMO ever.. least amount of content by developers.
  1. mmoca62d2010f3's Avatar
    I also came back for the start and stopped again because after so many years i am done playing it everday a year but still wod was the best expansion after wotlk. If this had come out back then i would still be playing 24/7. But most older players cant play this game anymore regularly, so i expect a drop to 5 million at the end and again rising for next expansion.
  1. AbsolutVodka's Avatar
    Still very impressive for a 10+ year old game. Losing that many subscribers would sink other games, but WoW manages to stay afloat and still reel in considerable income.

    Saying it "deserves" this is petty. People seem to take the state of the game too personal. If you've quit the game, you shouldn't be so emotionally invested that you jump for joy when people quit. It's a bit depressing.
  1. Bisso'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.
    Tokens will still count, and this is for Q1, so before tokens were introduced.
  1. mmoc9ac478f649's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by McNeil View Post
    Good, this game deserved that loss.
    Indeed my friend, indeed...

    'Let's add some new PvP mounts to pay off the lack of PvP content and unbalanced classes'
    In Cata we've got only 1 PvP mount, in MoP another, In WoD magically we get 2 !!?? WoW, that's weird, They said that there will be no more PvP mounts :3 derp
  1. Nights's Avatar
    answer for 7.1 mln just change tiltle to 6.2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQR9XWGFkj4
  1. davesignal's Avatar
    Imagine how low the sub numbers are going to get during the pre-expansion doldrums for the next ex-pac.

    We're going to get into Vanilla Wow sub numbers.
  1. Rioo's Avatar
    I really enjoyed the game in the start of the expansion, but after a month or two there was nothing left to do outside of raids but the daily garrison shit so I just quit. Obviously not good for Blizzard but I loved to be able to just put a lot of time into the game in the start and then feel like I'm done with it.
  1. mystery8's Avatar
    This comes as no surprise given how much they've dropped the ball with Warlords. They came into Warlords with massive numbers. I saw people come back that I hadn't seen since Wrath. They didn't stick around very long though.

    It's a terrible shame. No reason it had to be this way. I still feel like Blizzard is officially "done" with Warlords. Yea sure, there's some new stuff coming out in 6.2 that looks pretty good, but its the only real post-release content we'll probably get. I haven't seen a whisper (please correct me if I'm wrong) of a 6.3. They added so many people to the WoW development team, so what are they doing? Next expansion.

    I feel like I was being read a story by Blizzard and they left out a bunch of stuff at the end and I'm like, but what about <this>, what about <that>, and what happened to <whoever>. Blizzard just pats me on the head, smiles and puts the book away.
  1. Sinnerlol's Avatar
    I dont think this include people who playing with gold WoW Token, because they are not paying for their subscriber with real money they just use they ingame gold, and the WoW Token just a shop item, so they just not count this im pretty sure...
  1. Grimalkin of Old's Avatar
    Sad, but not surprising
  1. Deliverer's Avatar
    Nothing new about this, it's the same people that were playing in mop, around 7 M. All the other people are the ones that come and goes. They resub on patch and at the start of an expansion and then unsub. Always been like this and probably it will always be.
  1. avolation's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by malrats View Post
    Blizzard has to understand by now that the only solution is better and much more frequent expansions, including gameplay that dramatically differs from what everyone is already so bored with.

    But clearly they've found that they're not capable of doing any of that.
    I'm sorry... but no. WoD has been such an abysmal failure for me simply because I don't raid. I will not buy another expansion unless they actually add some things to keep non raiders entertained in WoD. They are not going to get rewarded by me for doing less for more money. It just won't happen.
  1. Kryos's Avatar
    7 million are the core - 3 million are just people who quit early, expected their BC experience to come back with WoD and leaving once they killed Blackhand in LFR.
  1. dd614's Avatar
    More WoD fail. Embarrassed to admit my friends got me to come back for this crappy expansion.
  1. warmann's Avatar
    Wow, that's absolutely incredible! If the red flags aren't going off at Blizzard right now to get some things fixed, then i don't know where the game is heading. The subs are lower than for the END OF MOP! And that was the longest dry spell of no new content since WotLK! The whole garrison idea has to be the problem. I let my account go 2 months ago, because i was so damn bored. There was just nothing to do outside of LFR and garrison missions (that interest me!).
  1. mmoc8261488f54's Avatar
    seems wod wasnt any beter than pandaria

    wotlk>pandaria>cata>wod
  1. Dark-Zarupia's Avatar
    We all knew this would happen its not a suprise anymore
  1. Jester Joe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sinnerlol View Post
    I dont think this include people who playing with gold WoW Token, because they are not paying for their subscriber with real money they just use they ingame gold, and the WoW Token just a shop item, so they just not count this im pretty sure...
    I really could not imagine Blizzard purposely leaving out people that would make their numbers look better.

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