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5-10-2011 @ 10:27AM
Race changing goblin to worgen? That's the least of it: Faction changes, server transfers, the remote auction house/guild chat, star ponies, mini pets... Blizzard has done an excellent job of offering ancillary services to increase revenues. Profit has certainly not been a problem, especially on a per account basis. Even if per account profit is up, Blizzard needs subscribers to be able to take advantage of those services.The problem is that a 5% decline on a subscription base of its size is worrisome considering our proximity to the latest expansion. Subscription numbers peaked at the END of Wrath of the Lich King. If anything a new expansion with tons of content, revamped zones, upcoming raids, and new races should have increased the subscriber base; instead we've seen the opposite effect.There are any number of possible reasons; longer queue times, more difficult content (dungeons requiring intelligent crowd control), repetitive content (instead of making a +10 gem I make a +30 gem: Woo-hoo!), class changes that have upset players, unbalanced PvP, or any combination of the aforementioned or things I haven't considered. Heck, it's the first time subscriber levels have fallen: It could even be a statistical outlier! Finding out the real reason, though, should be of top priority to Blizzard.Personally I'm on break from the game itself right now as I focus on my family, job, and school (though I like to keep up on developments, hence, here I am). As the current subscriber base ages I've noted that many of my peers fall into a similar category.
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