World of Warcraft‘s subscriptions have dropped considerably over the last year — from 11.1 million to 10.3 in three months.
It just so happens that during that time another large subscription-based MMO launched, namely Star Wars: The Old Republic. Fans and media alike questioned whether the dip in WoW subs happened to be related at all to SWTOR. During an interview with Eurogamer, WoW Senior Producer John Lagrave admitted, “We’ve seen a dip in subs. It certainly has to at least be attributable to The Old Republic.”
There you have it, folks — case closed. SWTOR beat WoW. My work here is done.
“But it’s also attributable to people who want to wait and get Mists of Pandaria,” Lagrave continued to say. Darn, maybe next time we will get him to completely admit it.
Of course, the MMO giant is not going to concede, yet. It still holds the market share in the industry, but this does put a lot of pressure on the game’s upcoming expansion. Will Mists be able to stop the downward subscription trend?