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Warcraft expansion sells 2.7 million in first week

Warcraft expansion sells 2.7 million in first week

Mists of Pandaria first rolled out last week, with a separate launch in China a couple of days ago.

King of MMOs World of Warcraft's latest panda-themed expansion has failed to live up to the sales records of the game's previous expansion, Cataclysm, selling 2.7 million copies in its first week.

Although still a very successful first week by any other standards, by comparison, Cataclysm sold 3.3 million copies on its launch day.

The Mists of Pandaria is the MMO's fourth expansion and brings a new monk class to the game as well as introducing the panda-like Pandaren as playable characters, a race initially introduced to the Warcraft lore as an April fools joke in 2002.

The game's level cap has also been raised from 85 to 90 and the new island of Pandaria has been opened up as a new stomping ground for the forces of the Horde and Alliance.

The launch has managed to boost World of Warcraft's subscriber base back over the 10 million mark, having previously dipped to 9.1 million in the first half of this year. At the end of 2010, the MMO peaked with more than 12 million subscribers.

The 2.7 million sales do not take into account sales figures from China which saw Mists of Pandaria launched on October 2.

'We set out to expand on the sense of fun and discovery that's always been at the heart of World of Warcraft, in addition to adding a huge variety of new content and features to the game.' said Blizzard chief executive and co-founder Mike Morhaime. 'It's been gratifying to see the results of all the work we put into this expansion and to hear all of the positive feedback from players so far.'

The first major content patch for the expansion is currently being developed by Blizzard with release details forthcoming in the next few weeks.

As debate rages as to whether World of Warcraft has peaked or not, Blizzard is still working away on a top secret new MMO codenamed Titan. Although the developer has stated that this will be based on a brand new franchise, with the Pandaren transcending from April fool's joke to a major Warcraft expansion, there is more than one fan hoping for something similar to happen with World of Starcraft.

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SlowMotionSuicide 5th October 2012, 11:21 Quote
The fact that there is still at least 2.7 million people willing to pay for the privilige of owning the title in question definitely makes me a sad panda.
rollo 5th October 2012, 11:36 Quote
The fact it still has 10mil subs after all this time is a great achievement for any game, dout any paid mmo will ever see this level of users again.
blacko 5th October 2012, 15:24 Quote
pokemon online would easily get more than 10m subs.....
suragh 5th October 2012, 15:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by blacko
pokemon online would easily get more than 10m subs.....

No way! I hardly doubt that could compete with WoW. The offline versions of the pokemon franchise would certainly if you base it off how many have purchased perhaps.

EDIT: Is pokemon online subscription based? :o
Zoon 5th October 2012, 15:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by SlowMotionSuicide
definitely makes me a sad panda.
I C WHAT U DID THAR.
javaman 5th October 2012, 16:23 Quote
I think Blizz's biggest problem is people like me who sunk hours into WoW years ago simply don't have time (or money) to keep playing. New gamers don't really get anything going over old content alone while everyone works towards high end and raid. Finding the balance and adding relevant new content is getting harder and tbh less attrictive to level 5-10 levels just do beat the drum with the same old stick. yes I loved WoW to bits but as a part time at best gamer I just feel that the end content enjoyment is out of reach for me.
Harlequin 5th October 2012, 16:59 Quote
you havent played for a while have you?
[PUNK] crompers 5th October 2012, 17:46 Quote
I'm impressed by the numbers to be honest i wouldnt expect it to have sold that many especially with GW2 doing so well.

It wont be dying any time soon thats for sure, wont be growing either though.
rollo 5th October 2012, 17:55 Quote
At 10mil subs it does not need to grow, since its release its maintained itself as the biggest mmo by playerbase out there, Can say id never go back to it personally as i got bored of the genre, Level up to cap farm dung farm raids repeat on new content gets old.

guild wars 2 despite been free to play has bearly got 1/4th of the players is kinda mad. Pretty good game from what ive played so far ( level 37 )

Still waiting for the next big release in this market, Maybe Titan will provide what i am after. ( Hardcore game as wow was in vinalla and tbc, you must beat prev content to progress onwards)
Harlequin 5th October 2012, 17:57 Quote
chinese numbers arnt in yet either - and this really is a strong chinese exp pak
Dunc01 5th October 2012, 18:54 Quote
The expansion includes a very fun Pokemon style game aswell
Bogomip 5th October 2012, 19:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by javaman
I think Blizz's biggest problem is people like me who sunk hours into WoW years ago simply don't have time (or money) to keep playing. New gamers don't really get anything going over old content alone while everyone works towards high end and raid. Finding the balance and adding relevant new content is getting harder and tbh less attrictive to level 5-10 levels just do beat the drum with the same old stick. yes I loved WoW to bits but as a part time at best gamer I just feel that the end content enjoyment is out of reach for me.

The 1-60 is one of the best bits of the game now :)

Sad to see a few people on this forum who still look down on WoW players, we get enough of that from our IRL freinds ;) Been playing the expansion a bit, not had too much time for it but its been pretty good so far :)
Andy Mc 6th October 2012, 08:14 Quote
Shocked they didn't release this to coincide with a kung fu panda film.
sub routine 6th October 2012, 09:50 Quote
Most fun I've had levelling in a long while, I was sceptical of MOP when I heard about pandas and pokebattles but it really is pretty well polished. Good fun if not very challenging so far, just taking my time with it though.
Jipa 6th October 2012, 14:56 Quote
Kinda the same as

"drug dealer jailed for selling crack cocaine for up to 2700 addicts"
Gradius 6th October 2012, 15:20 Quote
Impressive to see the sales figures on suchs CRAPPY & total EPIC FAIL game!
javaman 6th October 2012, 15:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by Harlequin
you havent played for a while have you?

Not since January this year. Rolled 2 new characters and got one of my old ones to 85. After a month decided I can't be arsed with this anymore. Polishing up an old bike doesn't make it new. Either way I didn't have the time to get my characters to 85, or even gear up the one I had just to come home from uni and sit until all hours of the morning trying another raid. Final month I gave up quests and just leveled in instances (if you could ever get into them). Ive always enjoyed instances more and the difficulty made it feel exciting but honestly, nothing is really attracting me back to this especially when ive 20 games on steam still to play and once theyre done I refuse to pay £18 to get 2months play time on a game. It is horrible value really, when a game feels more like work or you have to play it or it goes to waste its no longer worth it. Yes they do a great job in servers and updates but financing isn't my department. I cannot afford to or even have the time to play as much is required to justify the price.
will_123 9th October 2012, 21:57 Quote
Never played a subscription based game. Crazy they still attract so many people to play this game. Fair play to blizzard.
Bogomip 9th October 2012, 22:18 Quote
It really is a good game - people have bad experiences or hear them and go all unholy bat **** mental on it. It does, like any game of its genre must, have a lot of repetitive elements- but the social element is still unmatched in gaming and the hard mode raiding formats (and the challenge dungeons) are incredibly challenging, especially the first time round.

The problem wow does have is the old contingent finds new changes very easy to deal with, and the long experience they have had with the game make it much harder to deal with. Take starcraft 2 for example. The expansion will be more of the same, different story, some new characters, but essentially the same thing/idea but more scenarios. This isn't a game even sc2 fans will play the campaigns on over and over, they probably haven't single playered in a long time, so the expansion feels much fresher. With wow however you do the same things to quest fresh as you do to quest old (admittedly they could come up with more new ways to earn xp), making it feel much more like more of the same.

In the end, wow is a great game, and ill still play for many years to come I am sure (in some capacity). Ill say again what I said before, "Sad to see a few people on this forum who still look down on WoW players, we get enough of that from our IRL friends". It is imo not anybodies place to tell them what they should and shouldn't enjoy :)
Fizzban 11th October 2012, 20:59 Quote
When you consider the quality and quantity of the MMO's available...this is quite an embarrassing result.. For Us!

WoW gets a bad rap, and I think it deserves a good portion of that. But while it may not be the demon we make it out to be, it is not the best out there. That consumers keep going back to it is embarrassing. When people find out I game the first question they ask is do I play WoW..like f**k no! I don't play that crap. I've been gaming for over 25 years! And that is what they ask me?!

****..this game needs to stop using Viagra and just go away.

STOP buying the updates..have you no self-respect?! It is more of the same, a few Pandas and re-hashed dungeons does not change this!
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