In October of last year, Blizzard reported the life-destroying - or affirming, depending on your predilection for such titles - World of Warcraft had amassed a subscriber count of 12 million. However, in a conference call transcribed last night, Blizzard's CEO Michael Morhaime has revealed the numbers have since dropped to 11.4 million, in the wake of the much-anticipated Cataclysm add on.
Transcribed by Seeking Alpha, Morhaime stated Blizzard had "finished the quarter [Jan-March] with more than 11.4 million subscribers worldwide", a loss of almost 600, 000 subscribers from the initial 12 million projection announced last year. And it appears Cataclysm is to blame, so to speak, with Morhaime identifying fans eagerness to gobble up the latest add on offering resulting in a quicker drop in subscribers than initially expected.
"But that's why we're working on developing more content," he admitted, with sources outing Blizzard's plans to release two further World of Warcraft expansions in Q2 2012 and Q4 2013. What say you, Dealspwners? Is your love for WoW fading? [Eurogamer]