The report is somewhat dubious in that it includes no verifiable data – neither game reports active player or subscription numbers, and the source claims to have reached that conclusion “by combining online social activity, sentiment tracking, public statistics, rankings and more.” The website further splits Shadowlands and Classic numbers into two separate categories, even though their subscriptions are shared, and yet still reports that Shadowlands has over 5 times as many subscribers as Final Fantasy despite purportedly having less active players, resulting in numbers and a resulting claim which are questionable at best.
Taliesin and Evitel break down these ideas and discuss why sentiment tracking is not necessarily indicative of active player or subscriber numbers, and that there’s no real proof to back the claim, although their own anecdotal evidence suggests it still may be true.
World of Warcraft Shadowlands patch 9.1: Chains of Domination was supposed to get a release date last week. We all KNEW it would happen. It didn’t. So we are left waiting for Chains of Domination and all the new gameplay it brings; new zone Korthia, new raid Sanctum of Domination and the Sylvanas boss fight, new Mythic Mega-dungeon Tazavesh, new cinematics and Legendaries and story and more. In the mean time, though, there are reports that for the first time Final Fantasy 14 has eclipsed WoW in terms of player numbers. How true are these reports? Why has it happened? Amd what can Shadowlands do to become the top MMORPG again?