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 1321 Comments
  1. mmoc052433211c's Avatar
    tink it is bechouse of the tokens ingame
  1. KillerKm8's Avatar
    At least 3 million more losses coming, might make them sit up and listen. But will it be to late????. I am guessing it will be. On a lighter note lol, I certainly will never by a blizzard or activision product again, and any thing to do with holinka and above management will be ridiculed by me as I follow there careers. Am I old and grumpy maybe, but I think dirty people need to feel consequences. There are two many corporate types that think they can do what they like
  1. Winnson's Avatar
    Immersion died with Cataclysm, and Blizzard has no plans to fix that problem anytime soon.
  1. IIamaKing's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by UcanDoSht View Post
    Fingers crossed for another hefty drop in subs, so that a few heads roll at Blizzard. Currently everything is out of control... world design, raid design and class design - it sucks so hard compared to previous expansions.
    Honestly, I dont often wish for bad things, but I agree here. There needs to be massive losses and a restructuring to get us back to the WoW of Wrath.
  1. Yunaqt's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bilaljan555 View Post
    this game deserves this
    Holy Necro Batman!
  1. A Chozo's Avatar
    Ayyy the Cult of the Damned is at it again!
  1. Queen of Hamsters's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bilaljan555 View Post
    this game deserves this
    The game hasn't been in WoD for 3 years next month. Use your head before you post.
  1. Kyphael's Avatar
    Necro'ed straight from hell. WoW WISHES it had 7.1 million subscribers right now!
  1. Craaazyyy's Avatar
    if only wow had 7.1m now
  1. Bennett's Avatar
    It's an interesting look at WoW back then - 7 million sounds super high these days lol
  1. Poe's Avatar
    saw this on the news and thought wow actually had 7.1 subs now.
  1. Gurluas's Avatar
    Wow, I feel bad for Wow, I remember everyone thought this was the end...But what is it now? 5 mil? Less?
  1. McNeil's Avatar
    7.1 million would have been a lot for this game, but as of now I doubt that it even has half of it. I do kinda miss these 65+ pages of discussing WoW numbers :P
  1. Orby's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gurluas View Post
    Wow, I feel bad for Wow, I remember everyone thought this was the end...But what is it now? 5 mil? Less?
    I honestly don't think it's above 5 million, but I also don't think it;s below 3 million either... I am guessing between those numbers. I would be shocked if WoW was at 2 million but we can only speculate these days :P
  1. Rolopolo's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Orby View Post
    I honestly don't think it's above 5 million, but I also don't think it;s below 3 million either... I am guessing between those numbers. I would be shocked if WoW was at 2 million but we can only speculate these days :P
    If that leak is to be believed it's less than 1m
  1. GWilsonFr's Avatar
    Crazy after Blizzard! Sort of madness
  1. tikcol's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kyphael View Post
    Necro'ed straight from hell. WoW WISHES it had 7.1 million subscribers right now!
    Ahah it wishes it had a quarter that amount
  1. anon5123's Avatar
    dat necroposting
  1. toffmcsoft's Avatar
    Classic wow will get at least 1m subs. It'll help numbers and then get extremely popular
  1. Goldielocks's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rolopolo View Post
    If that leak is to be believed it's less than 1m
    When I queued for WoA LFR I waited 20 mins yesterday for DPS. A wait time that’s usually for middle of patch or more.

    Really gives the impression that nobody is playing. I don’t think this game has more subs than FFXIV, especially with the raving reviews it’s getting.

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