It’s no secret that World of Warcraft subscriptions have dropped significantly since Cataclysm released. We’ve seen them hit a steady decline down to 9.1 million as of August, and while the MMO has held steady the news is still not good. Since the most recent expansion, however, these numbers have seen a nice climb.
Mists of Pandaria has helped push the subscription rate back to what it was back in March of this year. According to Blizzard the expansion sold 2.7 million copies in its first week between September 25th and October 2nd. We’re seeing a subscription rate of above 10 million, and it looks like the expansion was able to breathe some life back into the game.
Mike Morhaime, Blizzard Headmaster, commented on the release, saying, “It’s been gratifying to see the results of all the work we put into this expansion and hear all of the positive feedback from players so far.” I’ve been playing through the expansion myself and so far I like what I’ve encountered. The gameplay is intuitive, and after everything that’s been wrought with the Cataclysm, it’s nice to see a new world full of life and hope.
I have my own reservations, but we’re currently working on a review and I’ll save them for that special piece. I will say one thing, however, the road to level 90 is a long one. It’s odd seeing an EXP bar on my main once again, and it’s even more dredging to see how many quests it takes to fill one small section of that bar. Still, I’m having plenty of fun and it looks like it’ll only get better from here.