After sitting at, or close to the top of PC sales charts for most of
the year it should come as little surprise that the reigning king of
the MMOG hill, style="font-style: italic;">World of Warcraft,
has hit yet another subscription milestone. Today, Blizzard
Entertainment announced that WoW's subscriber base has surpassed the
11.5 million mark – a number made even more impressive once
you consider how recently
they announced hitting 11 million.
Wrath of the Lich King has also gone on to sell over 4 million units
within it's first month, which roughly translates into a gigantic pile
of Death Knights now scampering around Azeroth.
Within its first 24 hours of availability, Wrath of
the Lich King sold
more than 2.8 million copies, making it the fastest-selling PC game of
all time. In addition to winning a number of editor’s choice
awards from major gaming publications, the expansion has now gone on to
sell more than 4 million copies in its first month, setting a new
record for monthly PC-game sales. Both sales records were previously
held by World of Warcraft’s first expansion, The Burning
“We’re pleased to welcome the new and returning
players who have helped World of Warcraft reach these new milestones,
and we appreciate the enthusiasm and support that the game’s
global community has continued to show,” said Mike Morhaime,
CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment®. “We
look forward to providing all of them with an excellent entertainment
experience for a long time to come.”
“Not only is Wrath of the Lich King still doing well, the
base World of Warcraft game and the World of Warcraft Battle
Chest® are performing better than last year,” said
Bob McKenzie, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop.
“That type of traction is very impressive for a game that is
going into its fifth holiday season and speaks to the enthusiastic
player base Blizzard Entertainment products have.”
Impressive indeed. Something tells me that there won't be too
many people predicting
declining subscription numbers for Blizzard's juggernaut heading into
the new year.
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