The number of players subscribing to World Of Warcraft dropped from 10.2 million to 9.1 million this quarter. This marks the lowest number of people playing the game since 2007. The games publisher will be hoping to turn this figure around in the next financial quarter with the release of the next expansion pack for World Of Warcraft - Mists Of Pandaria. The new pack could actually prove to be something of a litmus test for the MMO's fortunes in the future. Mists of Pandaria is released on September 25th this year.
World Of Warcraft's loss in subscriptions was announced in the company's second-quarter earnings report, which revealed company net earnings had dropped to $185m - down 45 per cent on the previous year.
In spite of the drop in subscribers, Activision Blizzard says that World Of Warcraft is still the number one subscription-based MMO in the world. It's fortunes are also still healthy when compared to those of Star Wars: The Old Republic, EA's MMO, which is set to go free-to-play in the near future.;