More than a million pre-orders for WoW expansion

There’s two big numbers making headlines for World of Warcraft today, following that Activision earnings call. Translated, it seems that there’s still plenty of people interested in the game, even though there are fewer actually playing these days.

First, the “bad” news: There are currently 7.6 million active World of Warcraft subscribers. This is down from the 8.3 million we were told about last year, and a 2 million drop from February 2013.

Realistically though, this is hardly surprising, nor disappointing. World of Warcraft is ten years old this year, so a subscriber base of more than 7.5 million is no mean feat.

Even more impressive is the second number – the pre-order count for upcoming WoW expansion Warlords of Draenor. Blizzard has revealed it’s already pre-sold more than 1 million copies, showing that gamers and fans are still excited about what’s going on in Azeroth.

Blizzard acknowledges that a content drought has certainly contributed to the drop in subscribers, but it’s already working on a way of preventing this from happening again. The studio is currently expanding its WoW dev team to speed up content creation, so fans won’t have to wait so long (and potentially leave) between updates.

We don’t have a release date for Warlords of Draenor just yet, but the expansion set is promised some time before Christmas 2014.

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