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Blizzard Admits that People May Be Leaving WoW For The Old Republic

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Look, World of Warcraft still boasts a bigger population than some small countries. But there's been some shrinkage in recent months. Could the Force be a reason for the dip in subscribers?

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Blizzard's finally saying that it might be. After previously making vague statments that intimated the launch of the EA/BioWare massive multiplayer game barely affected them, Senior WoW producer John Lagrave tells Eurogamer that a drop from 11.1 million to 10.3 million over three months might be "attributable" to The Old Republic.

"Of course people are trying Star Wars - our development team are trying Star Wars! I'm one of the few people who's still playing it actually, but yeah we've seen a dip in subs. It certainly has to at least be attributable to The Old Republic, but it's also attributable to people who want to wait and get Mists of Pandaria, so it's not surprising."

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Lagrave also waves off any speculation that WoW will be switch to a full free-to-play model anytime soon but says that Blizzard may extend the free trial to a higher level in the future.

Blizzard acknowledges Star Wars: The Old Republic's impact on WOW [Eurogamer, via Gamasutra]

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DISCUSSION

Personally, I didn't leave WoW for TOR, I left it because the Cataclysm heroic dungeons are literally impossible to finish with PUGs, and my guild was too busy raiding all the time to help me catch up. Once I got my World Explorer achievement and tabard, I just gave up on the game.

If you want to fix WoW, fix the radically self-interested playerbase and make it so people who don't spend their entire waking lives raiding are the only people who can succeed.

Also, fix the human/tauren/dwarf/night elf character models. It's been almost 10 years and they're still ugly as sin, ESPECIALLY compared to the expressive, well-animated Cataclysm models.