World of Warcraft seems to be losing subscribers at an exponential rate, and the unstoppable force may be seeing continual losses. According to GamesIndustry.biz, Activision Blizzard has revealed the game has lost 600,000 subscribers in the latest quarter of 2013, putting their subscriber base at just 7.7 million.
As recovered WoW addicts, we're still not entirely sold on Mists of Pandaria as fuel to rekindle our old flame, but we are certain of one fact: we like pretty things. At the very least, WoW: MoP (which sounds like some sort of as-seen-on-TV miracle cleaning device) has some serious good looks going for it. The game engine may be rapidly approaching its eighth birthday, but you wouldn't know it based on Blizzard's stellar art direction. Gleaming green forests, towering Chinese temples, a dungeon full of knife-fighting monkeys – what else do you really need? A release date? Well, we don't have that. But we do have four trailers. That's better than one measly release date, right? Don't answer that.
During last weekend's BlizzCon, the titular PC gaming giant unveiled the latest addition to its world of strife, backstabbing, and apocalypse dragons: Pandas. Now bears, of course, are generally horrifying creatures. We are thankful for our right to bear arms primarily because we fear bear arms. Pandas, though? They're generally associated with cuddles, rainbows, and Jack Black. Surely, Warcraft's finally jumped the shark, right? No more junk, no more soul – just heaping dollops of d'aaaaaw? Not so, says Blizzard. Apparently, pandas can be badasses too.