At Gamescom 2015, Blizzard announced that the number of World of Warcraft subscribers has drop to 5.6 million, the lowest in quite a while.
That’s a whopping 1.5 million lower than the 7.1 million people who were subscribed just a few months prior, which itself was a steep drop from the 10.5 million subscribers following the launch of the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor
expansion back in November 2014.
Warlords of Draenor
is the fifth expansion in the long-running MMORPG, bringing to the game an increased level cap of 100, eight new five-man dungeons and two new raids. A sixth expansion is under development.
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Even at 5.6 million subscribers, World of Warcraft
remains the most popular MMO out there, an impressive feat considering that there numerous other MMOs on the market, many of which are free-to-play rather subscription-based.
Some fans have requested that Blizzard adopt a free-to-play model, and we image the significant reduction in subscribers is making the developer real hard about that idea.
Are you one of the 1.5 million people who un-subscribed from World of Warcraft?
If so, let us know why you decided to drop the game in the comments below.