World of Warcraft numbers decline, Blizzard “aggressively” support Diablo 3

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Last night was the latest financial call from Activision Blizzard which threw up more big numbers and comments on how well they are doing with game such as Skylanders and Call of Duty.

Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime was also on hand to share the latest news from the Blizzard camp and he spilled the beans on the latest World of Warcraft subscription numbers which have again taken a dip.

The current subscriber level is now sitting at 9.6 million which is slightly down on the previous quarter, and according to Mike lost subscribers are predominantly from Chine while other regions are seeing a more stable subscription base.

When pressed about the loss in players Mike put it down to the rate at which players burn through new content following a major expansion release. Blizzard will be addressing this and we are likely to see smaller more frequent content updates for WoW moving forward.

Despite snail pace development updates for Diablo 3, Mike said they will continue to “invest aggressively to support the franchise and the community”, which is all well and good, but they do need to pick the development pace to sort out problems with the title to keep the community playing.

In other news from the call, well it’s not really news because we know it already, they continue to work on the Blizzard All Stars MOBA title and the unannounced MMO,

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  • CG

    Paragraph starting with “despite snail pace development updates for Diablo 3” hits the nail right on it’s head. By Jay Wilson’s own words, a release of D3 PvP in 2013 “would be a disaster” and turned out to be just that with a half-hearted PvP dueling system. However they have made improvements such as Paragon and Monster Power with many bug fixes to the crafting/auction house systems. We will see what Blizzard does next even in sight of WoW’s decline.

  • so many game companies have gone f2P and there are some out there that do better right now then when they had a sub fee.
    if blizzard just gets off their greedy hides and make WoW F2P, even if it has some content restrictions, will simply make their game allot more populated with plenty of money making possibilities.
    i know about their “till lvl 20” stuff but that just doesn’t do, for what i understand the game only starts getting interesting after lvl 25 so all they are doing is show the bad part for free and don’t even take any action on getting more customers.

  • Jack Pott

    From the Diablo site I thought this part was interesting….

    “By August 2012 Diablo 3 had sold more than 10 million copies. By November it was still selling “very well” but no advance on the 10 million figure was given but since then Diablo 3 has gone on to surpass 12 million copies sold.”

    I thought that was interesting because reading comments on the official site over xmas they lead you believe the game is dead but it’s obviously still selling well.