New Expansion Packs Couldn’t Save World of Warcraft from Ageing

World of Warcraft is losing the battle after ten years since its launch and reports confirmed that at least 44 percent of subscribers have abandoned the game in just six months.

Activision has been going good with almost all their games including the cash cow Call of Duty. But, it looks like the company may have to change strategy and focus on releasing a new franchise. Instead, they have announced a new expansion pack for World of Warcraft which may or may not save the game.

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At least 7.1 million players were on-board three months ago which has now touched a new low number of just 5.6 million.
However, Activision has been witnessing steady income from Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone and Destiny. The three games combined together have over 70 million subscribers and has helped them make $1.25 billion in revenue.

Blizzard slowly but steadily is shifting their attention towards new titles because old ones are waning of. Starcraft II continues to be in tournaments which doesn’t need much attention while Diablo and World of Warcraft receives least support from the developer team. Instead, they are busy with the free to play Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone.

According to Forbes, Warcraft combines subscription model and individual cost for the base game as well as the expansion pack. It even includes microtransactions making it one of the profitable games in history.

However, it is high time for World of Warcraft which looks extremely outdated by now and expansion packs just can’t save it anymore. If they could consider releasing a new WoW, it could be the beginning of a new era for gamers and game developers.

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  1. Please, please, please do not write articles about a game in a negative light when you had to include this: According to Forbes, Warcraft combines subscription model and individual cost for the base game as well as the expansion pack.

    If you didn’t know that very basic information about the game and it’s subscription without Forbes help then you can say nothing about the game and have merit. Look at other MMO’s with and without subscription cost, look how many you have to pay for expansions and also look at how many are over 10 years old, then find another with over 5 million players.

    Blizzard aren’t moving their attention to other titles, they’re simply increasing their employee count, they added a bunch of new developers for World of Warcraft part way through the most recent expansion’s development (albeit whilst causing a few hiccups) but no one simply gets moved off of WoW to another game without someone taking over their role.

    Also the following sentence makes no sense: However, it is high time for World of Warcraft which looks extremely outdated by now and expansion packs just can’t save it any more.

    Please stop articles of this quality from being released on this website, a spell and grammar check would have done it some justice but the content itself is extremely uninformed.

    • Hi there,

      Glad to see your constructive criticism. We will definitely ensure that the articles are of good quality in our website.

      Regarding the content’s perspective and tone, majority of gamers in our team believed that World of Warcraft is getting old. But, Blizzard is not going to give up with WoW especially with so many gamers on board.

      If you enjoy the game, nothing wrong about. There are many who love the title and support it, as you do. We just want game developers to stop milking the same franchise repeatedly. If they could create new AAA titles, RPGs and MMORPGs that don’t suck money in the name of microtransactions or subscriptions, we will be really happy.

      That’s all!

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