As World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King was released, it was expected to be a success, but who knew it would now be the fastest selling PC game of all time? Yup, folks, it has, as the one of the successful games releases its second expansion pack. Here is the full article:
IRVINE, Calif. - November 20, 2008 - Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that World of Warcraft®'s second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King™, has sold more than 2.8 million copies in its first 24 hours of availability*, making it the fastest-selling PC game of all time. This eclipses the previous record of nearly 2.4 million copies sold in 24 hours, set in January 2007 by Blizzard's first World of Warcraft expansion, The Burning Crusade®. Wrath of the Lich King was simultaneously released in North America, Europe, Chile, Argentina, and Russia on November 13; Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand on November 14; and South Korea and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau on November 18.
In celebration of the launch, more than 15,000 stores throughout the world had their doors open at midnight to welcome thousands of expectant players. Several of these locations were attended by Blizzard Entertainment representatives, who met players and signed copies of the game.
"We're grateful for the incredible support that players around the world have continued to show for World of Warcraft," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Wrath of the Lich King contains some of the best content we’ve created for the game so far, and we look forward to seeing even more players log in to experience it in the days ahead."
"After a single day of availability, Wrath of the Lich King is already the bestselling PC game of 2008 at GameStop and ranks as one of our top-selling products so far this year," said Bob McKenzie, GameStop’s senior vice president of merchandising. "In keeping with the tradition established by their previous releases, Blizzard Entertainment has again created a product that not only reflects their high standards of quality but is clearly an instant hit with gamers around the country."
Prior to the launch of Wrath of the Lich King, World of Warcraft’s subscriber population had grown to more than 11 million players, further strengthening its position as the world's most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game. More information about the new expansion can be found at the official Wrath of the Lich King website: www.worldofwarcraft.com/wrath.
Kind of crazy for an expansion pack to get this much attention. But it has, and it's still growing. But this game marks an end to the World of Warcraft series for now, as Blizzard has it's full attention on Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2, and World of Warcraft is now one of the most played games on PC. What a spectacular finish! And we hope to keep playing WoW forever.
there's still at least 2 more expansions to come for WoW. Nothing came to an end just yet. The WoW team isnt moving to the next-gen MMO, that team is being hired right now. They might go help when things are almost done, but it just barely started.
Blizzard said they will support WoW even at the time the next MMO is out and that they hope it will remain strong. That said, i dont think we wont see another expansion within the next 4 years (minimum) till the release of the next MMORPG.
I dissagree, I believe that there will be one more WoW expansion (My estimates are in two and a half years) before the next MMO. That way, there will be more money coming into WoW and they can begin hyping the next MMO 6 months later and give themselves a year to play with. (That's of course assuming the MMO comes out in 4 years.)
Either way though, my bet is that a WoW expansion comes out in 2 and a half years.
Diablo 3 will beat this record in the blink of an eye, I promise you. But yes, very surprising for an expansion.. Would just like to say this is not the end of WoW, and they are probably already working on the next expansion.
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i saw that guy athens was the first one to reach lvl80 but the gamemaster banned him because of mob tagging, i am not sure what that means because i didnt play in a loooooong time..but that guy is hillarious
Mob Tagging - In an area full of people trying to kill the same mob, one person goes and hit as many mobs as he can handle at just once. This will mark the mob to the person who damaged it. Others will get no exp or loot from them thereafter, unless the tagger left the area or died.
I kinda agree with Linkx on the number of expansions left. I wouldn't mind two more expansions, but I simply have my doubts as to how long Blizzard can keep WoW alive. At the moment its definantley not dying, but two years is a long time in the game industry.
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Of all things important in Online Gaming, there is one thing no game developer can "fix" - it's community.
Diablo III will not beat the 1-day sales record. WoW got the record because they have a huge online-population, and a lot of those people need the expansion to further their experience. Diablo III won't come close to beating it.... But maybe it's expansion will
I think it could break the record. I mean, Diablo 3 is probably the most anticipated game sequel ever. We've been waiting for it a long time, the second part is a law, it is made by blizzard, there is no way it could possibly fail and people know it. how often do we get to buy games which we are sure are great and have no doubts about riding the hype train?