Blizzard today announced
has topped 12 million subscribers, following the Wrath of the Lich King
expansion launch in mainland China just over a month ago
and in anticipation of the third expansion, Cataclysm
, coming this holiday worldwide.
For a time, it seemed as though World of Warcraft's
subscriber base was well on its way
to 20 million -- somewhere in the ballpark of Australia's total population. Then, in December 2008, the game reached
11.5 million subscribers, and six months later, the number hadn't changed
. It appeared the world's most popular subscription-based MMO had reached its cap.
is released on December 7
, World of Warcraft
will have passed its sixth year in operation. And with 12 million-plus paid