Blizzard: Some WoW Subs Lost to The Old Republic

An interview on Eurogamer.net talks with World of Warcraft producer John Lagrave about the state of the game. He discusses the subscriber numbers for the MMORPG, saying that they have lost some players to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, though they think there are others hibernating until the release of the next WoW expansion:
"We certainly do look at [where WOW players go], and we have a very smart bunch of guys who do our analytics for us," said senior World of Warcraft producer John Lagrave.

"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.

"Are they going elsewhere? Yes they are. We don't have a lock on all the best games in the world - Skyrim was an amazing game."
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As is always the case for me, even though I hate WoW (nothing personal; I hate all MMO's) I'm interested in seeing if the cultural phenomenon of something like WoW can be sustained into another iteration or if it was a one-shot "man, moment, machine"** kind of event. Of course WoW would lose more and more subscribers over time after reaching critical mass (which seems to have been ~12.4 million subs for WoW); the real test is when WoW2 is released.




** Based on the History Channel show, this is what I call a fortuitous joining of the right people making the right product at exactly the right time. It's success will spawn many copiers but none will ever entirely duplicate the success because the requisite conditions are not there. In music, The Beatles would be an example of this.
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