After a period of time where the subscribers only seemed to decrease, Blizzard has announced that World of Warcraft subscribers are up to 7.4 as of the 30th September, which is up from the 6.8 reported in June.
As I alluded to in the title for this piece, this growth in subscribers can probably be fully put at the door of the upcoming expansion pack, Warlords of Draenor, but I think part of the gratitude also belongs to the Iron Tide patch, which introduces many of the game changing feature updates in preparation for WoD.
You can find all the changes that the Iron Tide brought to the party below.
- Iron Horde Incursion World Event: players looking to upset the Iron Horde invasion can journey to the Blasted Lands to face down the onslaught and venture into the revamped five-player version of the Upper Blackrock Spire dungeon.
- New Character Models: several of the game’s original races are new and improved, with increased resolution as well as updated animations and facial expressions.
- Interface Improvements: questing is now easier than ever with an updated quest log and inventory changes, including a Toy Box for the fun items players acquire through their adventures.
- Character and Class Changes: myriad character- and class-specific updates are now live, making this a great time for players to refamiliarize themselves with their characters ahead of the expansion’s launch.