Subscribers are leaving World of Warcraft in droves. While Blizzard‘s MMO enjoyed a steep spike in fans following the release of last year’s Mists of Pandaria expansion, nearly all of the new-found residents have again packed their bags and left Azeroth.
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The news was revealed during today’s Activision Blizzard earnings call, which looked at the quarter ending December 31, 2012.
The numbers still leave World of Warcraft as the largest subscription-based MMO on the market (by a long way), and Blizzard is still enjoying remarkable successes with other projects. Diablo III was the best-selling PC game at retail last year, with Mists of Pandaria coming in third. That said, it’s an undeniable trend – could the king of modern MMOs be reaching the end of its reign?