World of Warcraft Headcount Still Decreasing

World of Warcraft Headcount Still DecreasingAfter losing 1.3 million subscribers in the first quarter, subscriber numbers have decreased further showing a decreasing trend on the rise for this popular MMORPG.

World of Warcraft is the most successful massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) ever released lost another 600,000 subscribers during the second quarter this calendar year, dropping to a total of 7.7 million subscribers. This is down from 8.3 million reported regular subscriptions for first quarter 2013.

Though the title is still unchallenged in its genre, a steady loss of subscribers raises concerns for the future. Whether World of Warcraft will able to keep its top spot and how long it will have the ability to fend off competitors in this highly competitive gaming industry is unsure as subscribers are no longer renewing at the end of the player’s allotted time.

Blizzard entertainment continues to release new content such as the up and coming patch 5.4 for the Mist of Pandaria expansion pack to keep current players engaged while enticing characters back. The patch will include flexible Group sizes for raid parties now ranging in size from 15 to 22 and raid difficulty will automatically adjust.

Characters will also find such features as a new island for questing and exploration aptly named timeless isle which will bring five new raid bosses, epic-loot and a slew of new gigantic beasts for fresh gaming.

Since its November 23, 2004, World of Warcraft players enjoy four major expansions, beginning with The Burning Crusade, released January 6, 2007. Wrath of the Lich King integrated on November 13, 2008 followed by Cataclysm December 7, 2010. Mist of Pandaria was Blizzard’s fourth and final major expansion hitting shelves on September 25, 2012. Each new expansion gained momentum for the leading MMORPG.

After the trail period expires for continued play, Blizzard offers payment plans of one, three, or six month spans. The game is now free to play for the first twenty levels but the free subscription comes with restrictions seriously handicapping players’ abilities such as an inability to trade, join guilds, and a maximum earning of ‘10 gold’.

World of Warcraft is a science fiction title with open-ended game play that includes mythical creators such as gryphon, dragons, elves, zombies, werewolves, and other horror characters.  In addition players will even find time travel, alien worlds and spaceships.

With numbers continuing to fall, player participation is losing momentum despite new game play.

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