Neoseeker : News : World of Warcraft subscriptions show slight decline, new content planned
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Trevor May 11, 11
Wows biggest growth was in TBC, they managed to grow and maintain there playerbase. In 10 years time wow will be remembered for the burning crusade expansion and world pvp in vanilla. Besides Ulduar and LK WOTLK was a waste of time and so is cataclysm. Deathwing is not a final boss anyone really cares about downing.
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Spinalcore May 10, 11
I think that there are also a lot of us that were more than disappointed with a lot of the changes that were made in the 4.0 patch just before Cataclysm's release. I know a few of my level 80 toons felt ruined since then so I have quit after getting a mage to 85 in 3 days after the Cata release while taking my time. I loved the Blood DPS build that I had on my Death Knight before 4.0 then they made Blood a tank spec and I never did like the way that Frost or Unholy played before or even now. Warriors as Arms Sword spec with dual Swords was always fun but now on a Fury Speced warrior can Dual wield. With how much they changed the game with their simplifying and Dumbing down it is no wonder that so many people have quit, Then add in the bans that they really started handing out. I know 2 people that in 1 week had their accounts banned and they had done nothing that they were being accused. Blizzard restored the accounts after investigating and finding that the supposed offenses were not committed in the first place.
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Supernova1332 May 10, 11
"Oh shit, we're losing customers because we spend so little time on development of new content even though we're getting millions in subscription fees a month. Quick! Release a new mount for initial profit and we'll lead them along with a new expansion for a little while, while we cut corners on development and ultimately make a sub-par expansion."
Well, I see where this is going
I would be in a panic too if I lost $9 million a month in subscription fees alone, not to mention possible purchases. Although it's not much compared to the ~180Mil they make at 12 million players it's still a sizable amount.

I'd bet money that their next mmo is going to be a shooter, it's the next big thing and it will cannibalize less on their WoW sales and drag in new customers. Would be a smart business move, as long as they kept supporting WoW with expansions
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Bean007 May 9, 11
quote Dragoshi1
Lower subscription price to 10 or 5 bucks, Blizzard, then I'll return.
That might bring me back and the reduce price of the Exp. packs. After buying WOTLK and playing for about 3 weeks i just got sicked and tired of doing the same crap over and over. I really wish they would hurry up with this new mmo to see if it's gonna be worth it or not.
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Crafter May 9, 11
Players are burning through content faster and faster because it keeps getting easier and easier.

Also, I don't think pumping out $60 expansions is going to help them keep players very well either...
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Dragoshi1 May 9, 11
Lower subscription price to 10 or 5 bucks, Blizzard, then I'll return.
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Northern49 May 9, 11
A new premium mount? You mean a reskinned sabretooth? Oh me Oh my! I had better resubscribe for something the deep recesses of my soul tell me is wrong.
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