Guild Wars enlists 6 million

NCsoft and ArenaNet's online RPG franchise surpasses new milestone nearly four years after original installment's launch.

Earlier this week, NCsoft added its roster of online games to Valve's digital distribution platform Steam, providing gamers with yet one more way to easily access its products. However, even without Steam's help, NCsoft is having no problems shifting units in one of its most popular franchises, Guild Wars.

Today, the South Korean game company announced that the Guild Wars franchise has officially surpassed the 6-million-unit sales milestone. The marker comes some 14 months after NCsoft said that sales for the franchise had exceeded 5 million units.

The Guild Wars franchise milestone comes nearly four years to the day after NCsoft released the ArenaNet-developed not-quite-massively-multiplayer online role-playing original Guild Wars to a decidedly positive critical reception. In the intervening years, NCsoft has churned out three new campaigns--Prophecies, Factions, and Nightfall--as well as the expansion pack Eye of the North.

NCsoft and ArenaNet remain at work on Guild Wars' fully fledged sequel, Guild Wars 2. However, the publisher has yet to attach a release window to the online game.

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67 comments
saxlax
saxlax

im with you there all the way :D

burn6
burn6

congratulations to NCSOFT for this achievement. truly guildwars is a great game. i have all of the games including the GOTY edition.

custerke
custerke

Im sick of waiting for GW 2, it gets delayed every year. in 2007 they said that it would be released summer 2008, in 2008 it got summer 2009, and now, in 2009, its delayed to 2010/2011. I do want GW2 to be good, but my patience is starting to run out. GW2 better be 1 hell of an awesome game if they need so much time for it. Though I still can't wait...

vortex_gw
vortex_gw

@ Evil-Assassinz Guild Wars 2 won't be coming any time soon so I recommend you to buy at least Guild Wars: Factions even only for the "single player". You can buy all 4 games for the price of one and on Steam I think they will be even cheaper...

Evil-Assassinz
Evil-Assassinz

I wonder when guild wars 2 is coming out cause i would love to know so that i wont waste my money on the 1st one and just buy the 2nd one

ExplosiveChorro
ExplosiveChorro

Man I'm dieing to FINALLY see some gameplay of Guild Wars 2. Anyone know if Arenanet is attending E3????

jgdecimus
jgdecimus

SWEET love this game and can't wait for #2! Great Job! :D

24k_Solid_Gold
24k_Solid_Gold

I love GW, it's a great quality game(s). The more I hear about GW2, the more I can't wait for it. Hurry up Arenanet! :P

myhuis1
myhuis1

They keep pushing the release back of this game, I hope its really worth the wait.

vengeance00
vengeance00

don't forget Warlord_Irochi its also free. i can see it's population grow during this recession just because it doesn't have a subcription cost. also i haven't played this since it first came out, bought the expansions but never played them. maybe i should pop in to see whats new (probably a lot!)

vortex_gw
vortex_gw

I read a recent interview with the founder of Arenanet. He said that GW2 would have less skills than GW. 2001-2003 working on the concept for GW. 2003-2006 development and 2006 released. He also said that many companies worked on their games for 2-3 years before they announced them but Arenanet announced GW2 early on. Something that Blizzard said "We usually release a game 3 or 3 and a half years afer we announce it." It's sad but Guild Wars 2 isn't coming any time soon. Best bet is late 2010. 6 million copies doesn't mean that many people play. When they asked him for actual numbers he dodged the question like ninja-arrow.

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

The person in the gameplay video has a terrible build. No energy management.

tommynj
tommynj

Guild Wars is successful because it is a great game and it has no monthly fee. If you thought Guild Wars was good, just wait until Guild Wars 2 hits the shelves. Arenanet is a quality game developer.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

So people still plays this?. While so many MMORPG aer going down month after month? That´s the reward for adding new content from time to time to your game. Congratulations NCsoft

BelmontMaster
BelmontMaster

Impressive. Guild Wars still has the best PvP system I have experienced. Way to go.

Leonagard
Leonagard

Iused toplay it but it still a good game better than many MMO!!! with an excellent skill system!"

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

and seriously, people who compare Guild Wars to WoW really havent played Guild Wars. They arent' comparable games. They have two completely seperate focuses, goals, etc. And to say that for a game that is 4 years old to take 14 months to sell 1 million copies is bad, that just means you don't pay attention to video games at all.

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

lol we heard about GW 2 in 2007, its 2009 and they still have no pics, gameplay, or release dates. If there was an actual release then I buy the expansions and come back to Guild Wars instead of just waiting.

Spybreak
Spybreak

Its good to hear, used to play a ton of this at college. Been a lot less now that I'm graduated and have crappy internet lol. Its a great game esp with a great guild. The formula that is successful with Guild Wars is the story based missions which don't feel like grinding as in WoW.

MikeLirette
MikeLirette

If there ever was a MMORPG that was pure and virgin like, GW would be that. Amazing game.

mangas
mangas

Can't wait for GW2, can´t believe it's been four years since I created my ranger...

asmoddeuss
asmoddeuss

Good to know , GW is a great game , my wife love it ! and we spent lot of time with it. Latelly we don't play as much as before but is still fun , we are waiting for GW2 , I hope it get release soon its hard to wait ;)

jazilla
jazilla

the new content release is awesome. a ton of new stuff to do. a ton of old stuff to do for new rewards. love this game!

Merl57
Merl57

good to hear I played this game more than any other in my whole life but I have barely touched it since my xbox 360 maybe I'll go back in GW2

Pete5506
Pete5506

I'm glad that Guild Wars is still going stronge

gameking5000
gameking5000

14 months to get 5 mllion to 6 million subscibers. Compared to WoW that's a long time

fredwv
fredwv

people still play guild wars??? News to me... I remember when GW was supposed to be the wow killer. LOL

makafri
makafri

Guild wars add every anniversary a major content patch for free... I know that if this players that haven't played the game for 2 or 3 years take a look with the new stuff will get to the game very fast... the hardmode is awesome, the new items are awesome the elite zones are always fun to play... the economy is the best on any MMORPG...

dennis8
dennis8

I got the first campaign a few months after its release, and bought the other campaigns and expansion pack a few days after their respective releases. I used to play GW to death :P that was til all my frends left for WoW hehe... but i still check on my character once in awhile, and i recently logged in and found out some of my characters got their minipets :) free in-game gifts once a year FTW! bring on the sequel!!! when its ready though.. we dont want a buggy game now do we :P

leoleez
leoleez

man this game is fun... PvP is now really not fun cause everyone left and there's not much except for the amazing people playing. However I love the cmpaign and this rewards me, I like unlocking lots of content

lathan94
lathan94

This game was really fun for maybe a year for me then i got world of warcraft and it suddenly became not so fun. I dont like world of warcraft now so i dont know what im going to do.

AstroChimp83
AstroChimp83

Pretty decent game for being a subscription free MMORPG. I haven't played in probably 2 years now, but it is good to know that if I want to jump back in, all my characters and equipment are still there. PvP is fun, but the rest got old kinda quick....

uberjannie
uberjannie

one of ncsofts only success. Others are Lineage and city of heroes/villains. Anyone remember auto assault and tabula rasa. I played them both but plaync publishes games that not many people want to play. Lets face it, who wants to give a green light to a game that doesnt have inventory stacking, considering around 50 items had the same picture it was hell to manually stack them. As far as I know, 3 months into the game, Tabula Rasa still didnt have stacking.. Dont blame the devs, blame the publishers!

Syntax82
Syntax82

I have enjoyed Guild Wars and all its add ons, I still avidly play pay to play MMOs but GW is a nice (and challenging) break from the super massive "I need all your time" MMOs. I can't wait for GW2 good job NCsoft:)

adecoy95
adecoy95

@ jackholeface00 its true that its alot of money, but if someone is interested in playing an mmo that long they will not be spending money on other games. mmo games are actually cheaper entertainment wise than your average game. if you play a game for 40 hours a month, you will play out your game every month or two. thats 30-60 dollars a month!! an average of 3x more money than a mmo. of course disposable income changes this also, some people have more than others

bodylotion
bodylotion

Guild Wars isn't a bad game but if you don't really like PVP it's probably not that fun. I didn't like the fact that you can't see anyone outside the city walls.

JackHoleFace00
JackHoleFace00

I've never played mmorpgs, but if I did I think I'd play GW 2 once it comes out. Sounds sweet, and no subscription fee makes it an easy winner. [I still can't believe how much people pay for WoW. Let's say you play for 2 years. That's around $30-$50 for the original game, another $50 for WotLK, and 24 months x $15/month. Grand Total: ~$450. That's nuts!]

travisstaggs
travisstaggs

Awesome, I use to play Guildwars constantly, might install it again.

dark_spawn627
dark_spawn627

Personally didn't like GW too much. I reached 17 and needless to say after a while everything got pretty boring. Not so much the gameplay as the game world itself. Being an mmo and having everything outside the city instanced is a good idea, sometimes. It just feels like a single player campaign and that's really not why I play mmos. Now I've played WoW before and quit at least 5 times. And though grinding was too much to deal with I loved the other people that are grinding with me as well as the enemy faction (God damn Alliances). I put both games aside and am really waiting for GW2. It seems to be adding that open world feel like most mmos and am hoping it'll bring me back to the mmorpg genre (and with no monthly it'll be easy on my wallet).

PolskaKing
PolskaKing

Nice. Guild Wars is an really great game. I havent been around for a long time in the game but I love it!

eestiwe
eestiwe

Well, I was playing 1 month ago. Cant say that about now. It really gets boring when you have done everything in the game. Now I'm just selling my rare weapons to buy an Everlasting Phantasmal Tonic. Still fun to play on holidays and events(Halloween,Christmas,Canthan New Year, weekend events) Still not as fun as it used to be tho. Overall a great game, had me playing for 2 years!!! Happy 4th Birthday Guild Wars!

-FlyLo-
-FlyLo-

I still liked WoW more. Great game though, I'm still waiting for GW2 :x

chappy_man
chappy_man

it was fun but i gotta say i liked and still like WoW, but hey variety :P

zyxomma100
zyxomma100

Wonderful game. I don't play nearly as often as I used to, and I know for sure that they aren't even close to 6 million regular players. But I love their business model, and I love how they keep supporting their game with free updates. They just churned one out for their 4th anniversary, and it seems amazing from what I read on the release notes. Tomorrow once I get more time I'm playing again.

Dr_Snood
Dr_Snood

Man glad people still play this game! I quit it a few years ago, but used to love it.