At least we know why Blizzard won’t be reporting WoW sub numbers anymore

With Legion not coming out until 2050, pretty easy to see why Blizz doesn’t want to talk about sub numbers anymore; they won’t have any. Nice run WoW had, but looks like its off to the retirement home. No worries though, I’m sure Overwatch, a likely subpar TF2 clone for $60, will pick up the slack.

New Blizzard doing New Blizzard things times a hundred!

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14 Responses to At least we know why Blizzard won’t be reporting WoW sub numbers anymore

  1. Asmiroth says:

    Has FF14 reached their 20 million registered users mark yet? Maybe blizzard will come out with a 50 million mark just to keep spitting in the wind.

    • SynCaine says:

      Might be tough for WoW to hit 50m registered user when the game peaked at 12m a few years ago, but hey maybe Legion will be really awesome…

      • Arckus says:

        The 12m figure was active users. WoW has over 100 million registered users and that was announced January 2014. I believe Blizzard’s revenue is still up from previous years. The game may be losing players at a fast rate, but it’s still pulling in an insane amount of money for Blizzard and it will be for years to come, unfortunately. They’re making more now than they were back in the early days of WoW.

        • SynCaine says:

          You kinda missed the joke…

        • Arckus says:

          I’m not sure what you mean. If your post was a joke then sarcasm can be quite hard to decipher through text alone and I just assumed you were being serious. You seem to post a lot of Blizzard hate and I just wanted to make sure people weren’t spreading the wrong information, not that Blizzard really deserve defending…

        • SynCaine says:

          ‘Registered accounts’ for WoW that means all boxes sold, and possibly even all free trial accounts. For FFXIV, ‘registered accounts’ is the term SE uses for subscribers.

          Asmiroth was trying to be funny in his original comment by mixing up the WoW and FFXIV definitions of the term.

  2. Matt says:

    Overwatch is $40 for the base game.

  3. Matt says:

    Actually what is surprising, in retrospect, is that Blizzard ever reported sub numbers, considering that no one else does.

    • SynCaine says:

      UO, EQ1, DAoC, FFXI, etc did back in the day. FFXIV does today. It’s actually more uncommon for a sub-based MMO to not report numbers, at least when things are going well.

  4. Silverangel says:

    This was also my reaction. Seems like a perfect time to pull the plug on numbers to leave the ongoing impression that the numbers are holding steady. A bit of credit for knocking the price down on PC digital download. It’s crazy that companies have still been asking $50-$60 for digital downloads over these years of conversion from boxes, and taking the huge profit margin instead of lowering the prices accordingly.

    • SynCaine says:

      I’m actually surprised we still pay $50ish for a new title. That was the same price point in the 90s, so games have avoided/resisted inflation for almost 20+ years now.

  5. Particlebit says:

    I haven’t taken a look in a long time, but has Blizzard offered any kind of battlechest style package to get the base game plus all expansions up to legion/warlords? Makes it hard to start new when you have to buy burning crusade this long after it came out

    • SynCaine says:

      I could be wrong, but I thought for a bit now its been everything is included in the base game other than the latest expansion when you buy the game.

  6. Mix says:

    Overwatch looks like it’s going to be quality mechanics-wise. The bigger issue is they’re already having to dance around the fact that you know there will be a cash shop for new characters ASAP at or after launch.

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