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Frank Pearce: WoW to Return to Growth

Posted by Michael Bitton on May 28, 2010  | Comments

Frank Pearce: WoW to Return to Growth - MMORPG.com

Speaking to the folks at VG247, Blizzard's Executive Vice President of Product Development Frank Pearce believes that World of Warcraft will begin growing again this year, as it has been stuck at roughly 11.5 million subs (nothing to sneeze at!) since 2008.

Pearce believes that a combination of the launch of Cataclysm around the world, and hopefully the approval of Wrath of the Lich King in China (they're still playing The Burning Crusade), will create new growth for World of Warcraft:

“They’re still playing The Burning Crusade there, because we’re waiting for approval for Wrath from the appropriate agencies. And once we get that approval and launch Wrath in China then I think we will see growth.”

“Hopefully we will get some people back from Cataclysm as well. I don’t think 11.5 million is a peak, necessarily, but there are certain things that we need to do and need to do well in order to see it go further.”

via VG247

[Thanks Piasek for the tip!]

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Michael Bitton / Michael Bitton / Michael began his career at the WarCry Network in 2005 as the site manager for several different WarCry fansite portals. In 2008, Michael worked for the startup magazine Massive Gamer as a columnist and online news editor. In June of 2009, Michael joined MMORPG.com as the site's Community Manager. Follow him on Twitter @eMikeB
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