Thursday, 20 November 2014

Warlords of Salenor

Image from www.battle,net
"So you're telling me that making grotesque Chinese stereotypes and transforming them into pandas DIDN'T help sales?"

Good news for Blizzard today, as three days before World of Warcraft's 10th anniversary, subscriber numbers have shot up over the 10 million mark! (Thanks Eurogamer) That's right, after the news that subscribers had fallen to an all-time-low (Albeit a 6.8 million "low") back in June, the new Warlords of Draenor DLC has "saved" the game's sales after Mists of Pandaria kickstarted a subscriber slump.

According to Blizzard, the new expansion sold 3.3 million copies in 24 hours, which is absolutely insane for an expansion pack. Still, it matches the sales of the Cataclysm pack, meaning that WOW could be on the rise again! Has WOW been saved?

No it hasn't. But that's because it never needed to be saved in the first place. A game that's been released for 10 years and has only been properly expanded 5 times having 10 million subscribers is a crazy statistic. Even at 6.8 million, that's an amount that recent MMOs like The Elder Scrolls Online and (Sadly) WildStar could only dream of. 

Besides, even if the unlikely event of World of Warcraft going under happens, Blizzard will be fine. The near-perfect remastered edition of Diablo III is still selling well after a shaky launch for the original game, Heroes of the Storm is still hugely popular despite the fact that the full game hasn't released yet, and Blizzard are tapping into a big market with Overwatch, their new class-based FPS. Despite recent slumps, the only way WOW is going under is if Blizzard wants it to.

What do you guys think? Are any of you WOW players, and if so, has Draenor improved the game? Tell us in the comments below!

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