Blizzard's World Of Warcraft needs no introduction, it currently holds the world record for being the most most-subscribed MMORPG in the world. Till now, players have had to pay 15 $ a month to play the game. In March 2013, there were reportedly, 8.3 million subscribers playing the game.
However, there are now reports that the game is loosing subscribers. Apparently WOW has lost 1.3 million subscribers in the last three months alone. That barely makes it 6 months after the release of the newest expansion, Mists of Pandaria.
In October 2012, just when the new expansion was released, the game held a staggering record of 10 million subscribers and with in a span of 6 months, WOW has lost 1.7 million users. This could be due to fact that the game is already 10 years old or this could be due to the increasing no of free to play MMORPGs that are coming up. This brings us to the question, will Blizzard ever make the No 1 MMORPG of all time, free to play? The team apparently is considering it.
Previously in 2010, World of Warcraft's lead designer, Tom Chilton spoke to PC Gamer saying "at some point, it may not make sense for us to have a subscription fee." However, there has been no signs a change being implemented to counter, the fast dropping, user base.
There has been news that Blizzard is working on a new MMO called the Titan, which is still in a hush hush stage. The game is expected to release some time around 2014 or 2015.
There is a definite chance that the user base for World Of Warcraft will further decrease after the release of Titan. Perhaps then the company will think more strongly on making the game free. Then again, that's just a speculation.