From the “Probably Not That Surprising” department comes Blizzard’s admission that World of Warcraft‘s recent drop in monthly subscriptions—from nearly 12 million in November 2010 to 10.3 million in November 2011—is, at the very least, “attributable” to their newest and biggest MMO competitor, Star Wars: The Old Republic.
In an interview with Eurogamer, senior WoW producer John Lagrave said, “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 [WoW expansion pack set for later in the year] Mists of Pandaria, so it’s not surprising.”
Although the number of subscription drops since the December release of SWTOR aren’t explicitly clear, it’s now safe to assume that the amount of WoW players, while still huge, is slowly dwindling. Of course, we’re talking about a nearly eight year old game, so the drop is certainly to be expected. Even still, SWTOR averages 1.7 monthly subscribers at last check, a number which, while certainly impressive, still has a long way to go before it can catch up to Blizzard’s behemoth.