World of Warcraft Warlords of DraenorWorld of Warcraft has enjoyed a boost to its subscribers as players prepare for the next expansion pack, Warlords of Draenor.

Blizzard announced that subscribers rose to more than 7.4 million as of the 30th September, up 600,000 from the previous subscriber count back on the 30th June, and comes close to the game’s high-point for subscribers, which came back in March with 7.6 million.

The rise is credited to the release of Warlords of Draenor, which is set for release on the 13th November.

In preparation for the expansion’s launch, Blizzard has released a new update, Patch 6.0.2: The Iron Tide. The update introduces a number of new features and improvements, including:

• “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 November 13 launch

A full list of patch notes can be found here.

To try and get the expansion’s release operating as smoothly as possible, Blizzard has also added all previous expansions to existing World of Warcraft accounts. This means all subscribers or reactivated accounts will be up-to-date with content through to Mists of Pandora.

How excited are you excited for Warlords of Draenor?