World of Warcraft Classic has more than doubled the game’s subscriber count
During the company’s Q4 2019 financial presentation, Activision Blizzard confirmed that World of Warcraft’s “active player community” has more than doubled since Q2 2019. This change came after the introduction of World of Warcraft Classic, a recreation of WoW’s early years which enables all WoW subscribers to experience vanilla WoW.
Blizzard described WoW’s “active player community” as being players with monthly or longer subscriptions, confirming that the introduction of WoW Classic has increased player engagement by giving subscribers more content to play. Blizzard has also timed content releases for both WoW and WoW Classic to ensure that there is always something new to look forward to. WoW Classic players will be able to play the game’s 40-player Blackwing Lair raid on February 13th, which acts as “Phase 3″ of WoW Classic’s update schedule.
Both WoW and WoW Classic will continue to be supported by Blizzard under a single subscription, offering players distinct experiences and varying content. Only time will tell of WoW Classic will be able to retain these increased subscriber counts past its first year of availability. Will WoW Classic be a long term success or a short term nostalgia boost for Blizzard? If you need Buy wow classic gold, you can visit our site 5mmo.com.
J. Allen Brack explained during that presentation that Blizzard thinks of the WoW community as supporting both the retail and “vanilla” versions of the game, “even though Classic and Modern are very distinct experiences. We’re committed to continuing to support both of those experiences over the long term.”
That statement appears to be true, at least up to this point, as Blizzard is slated to release yet another major content update for Classic on February 13th, 2020. This update most notably contains the raid known as Blackwing Lair. Classic will also be getting the original version of the Darkmoon Faire quite soon; Blizzard reported in a recent Tweet that the Faire will be active in Mulgore beginning February 10th.
Moving forward, it’s hard to see how Blizzard will continue to support Classic WoW with new content, as Bizzard will either run out of new content to add or be forced to destroy classic WoW with the game’s map-altering Cataclysm expansion.