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9-05-2009 @ 2:56AM
The original Everquest, the one that came out in 1999, is getting another expansion pack this year. The game peaked at "more than 450,000 subscribers" in 2003. Six years later, it is still being supported. Has WoW peaked yet? Maybe, but even still we could say that it's peak was 23 times that of EQ. In those six years, EQ has probably lost somewhere less than 75% of it's player base, still enough to support. If WoW looses 75% of its player base every 6 years, then 18 years from now it would have roughly 180,000 players, still likely enough to support more development. Blizzard being Blizzard, they might pull the plug faster than SOE, but I think we can still expect a long healthy life for WoW.
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