A blast from the past.
Today’s investor call for the fourth quarter of 2012 reported that World of Warcraft’s subscription numbers are now at 9.6 million subscribers, down from the reported over 10 million at Mists of Pandaria’s launch. This still makes World of Warcraft the largest subscription-based MMO out there on the market by a long shot, but the numbers have seen a dip. However, it doesn’t mean that Blizzard isn’t breaking records. Diablo III remains the #1 best-selling PC game at retail, and Mists of Pandaria came in at #3. Although subscriber numbers seem to have dropped, they have yet to reach the Cataclysm low of 9.1 million prior to the release of Mists. Keep in mind that these numbers are for the final quarter of 2012, ending on December 31, 2012 — so they may not count players that received the game over the holidays and subscribed after the new year. For more information, the official press release from the investor call is available online.
Duncan Jones is about to make millions of fans across the globe ecstatic with the director being given the green light from Warner Bros to make a World Of Warcraft film.
WoW is one of the most popular computer game franchises of all time and Warner have been trying to adapt for some time already but no director has ever stuck aorund long enough to take it on.
“The gauntlet was thrown down ages ago,” commented Jones on Twitter. “Can you make a proper MOVIE of a video game. I’ve always said it’s possible. Got to DO it now! ”
Jones is thought to have a $100m budget to make this one happen, no small amount of money. A script is also in existence, having been written by Charles Leavitt.
No casting has been announced yet, although rumours are already linking Johnny Depp to the starring role. The projects producers; Thomas Tull and John Jashni eager for an Autumn start date. So expect confirmations soon.
World Of Warcraft is tentatively expected to open in 2015.