World of Warcraft has been suffering as of late with subscriber numbers falling by the millions, we reported earlier this year that the games lead designer Tom Chilton had said that it makes sense for WoW to go down the free-to-play route because of this, but that may not be the case – ever.
Blizzard have made it fairly clear that going free-to-play won’t happen. Speaking with Eurogamer at BlizzCon key developers spoke out about Chilton earlier comments. “We didn’t make the game to be free-to-play,” production director J Allen Brack said. “We would have to rework the game pretty significantly in order to make it free-to-play. It’s not something we’re currently considering.”
Fairly recently World of Warcraft has eased off on the subscription model giving new players the chance to play the game up until level 20 without having to pay a cent. But that doesn’t mean it’s all unicorns and rainbows ahead for the game, unfortunately subscriber numbers are still falling with Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime announcing that the game had lost another 100,000 subscribers over the last three months leaving the subscriber count around the 7.6 million subscriber mark.
Blizzard recently announced the Warlords of Draenor expansion which lets players revisit Draenor circa Warcraft 1-3 though a time travel mechanic, because of this it lets you instantly level a single character to 90 which Blizzard hopes will encourage inactive players to get back into the game.