Guild Wars II the fastest-selling Western MMO ever - Report

Citing data from DFC Intelligence, ArenaNet says fantasy MMO game off to fastest start in Europe and North America of all time; player base stands to double when released in China.

Guild Wars II is the fastest-selling massively multiplayer online role-playing game in North America and Europe of all time, developer ArenaNet announced today.

The announcement was based on data from DFC Intelligence, a market research and consulting firm for interactive entertainment. The full report was not made public.

Sales of Guild Wars II in North America and Europe reached more than 3 million units in January.

According to DFC Intelligence analyst David Cole, Guild Wars II is in an "impressive position" heading into the game's release in China. Historically, similar franchises stand to grow substantially when released in the Chinese market, Cole said.

ArenaNet said Guild Wars II has the potential to see its player base double when it's released in China. To bring the fantasy MMO game to China, ArenaNet has partnered with KongZhong Corporation. No date for the game's release in China has been announced.

The developer also announced today that a free trial for Guild Wars II will begin on Friday, August 23, and run through Sunday, August 25. Those interested in participating can sign up through the game's website.

For more on Guild Wars II, check out GameSpot's review.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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AdrenaI1ne
AdrenaI1ne

Can you please explain to me how Guild Wars 2 is the fastest selling MMO with 3.5 million in 9 months when Cataclysm sold 3.3 million on day one?


I'm guessing they're comparing figures from WoW classic 8 years ago and not counting expansion sales, it's the only possible way it makes sense. But if that's the case than these numbers are incredibly misleading and don't hold as much value as they make it seem.

feleas
feleas

how does this make sense? World of Warcraft sold 14 million in its first 3 months. I'M CONFUSED AS TO HOW THIS IS THE FASTEST GROWING MMO!

swordbreaker100
swordbreaker100

thats good im happy for arenanet, theyre getting recognized for releasing a great game 


scowny97
scowny97

This game if great. If you don't plan on being sad and playing this game 24/7, then I highly recommend this game. It's good fun with huge updates every two weeks, adding new content. Plus, without a monthly subscription. It's easily one of the best MMO's out there. People who say this game is dead has obviously not been on recently because it's alive and generally has a great community. Either way, different people have different opinions but it's worth buying it and having a go :)

LaserXUKM
LaserXUKM

If only it was somewhat close to GW 1....

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Looked less appealing than the first GW. At this point, I will probably never play it.

drybones41
drybones41

I haven't played GW2 in a few months. It was fun, but i got bored. I kept doing the same things with the odd WvW tossed in. It got repetetive imo. I got my monies worth for sure, but it hasn't stuck with me. I'm not sure what it is like now so i should give it another go later on. 

Everquest Next looks very promising. I should jump into FFXIV ARR beta again to see if that got better as well.

4le_breVVer
4le_breVVer

Really? I played it for 3 weeks and had enough. The game is boring after level 30. I'm not a fan of scaling your level to the zone. I get it's to prevent grinding but the game doesn't have the appeal that other mmo's have.

MichaelDBZ
MichaelDBZ

Up until GW2 the main reason I didn't play MMOs was because of a subscription fee. I played a few free ones, but that was it. Also the free ones made me feel like I was limited in what I could do because I wasn't subbed. After GW2 I doubt I'll ever be paying a sub fee for any MMO unless the game is that good.

soniquete
soniquete

I started playing from first open beta, was hyped about it but stopped playing after several months.. somehow it couldn´t keep my attention for a longer period, something WoW did for me back in the vanilla times..

E-Magnate
E-Magnate

Lots of people complaining about losing interest really quickly - come back (if you want) in a year or two because you bought it and it's yours. It'll definitely have more to offer by then time if you don't find any lasting appeal as of now (quantity or quality-wise).

I took a 4 month break from it and found a lot of worthwhile content when I came back. It's just going into 1 year and let's be real any game that offers "massive" (as in MMO) content needs time to polish and grow.

You pay for it once and it gave its money's-worth when it came out. If it wasn't for you then it wasn't for you. To each their own I suppose. Cheers! :)

dpclark
dpclark

Anyone able to kill the Champion Bandit Lieutenant with a solo Thief in the Queensdale Bandithaunt Caverns?

killman961
killman961

As much as i loved this game, i was done with it after maxing out all my classes. That's my experience with ALL MMORPG's sadly. 

marco1k1
marco1k1

I like the game a lot and was super hyped back in Beta and have played since then, the problem a lot of people will have when moving to GW2 from other MMO's is the fact that you don't need to spend all your time playing it and it can easily be played more casually.

Sadly that is less of a choice than I'd like due to the lack of harder and larger group based content but frankly who ever said you HAD to have that in an MMO?

Its sad really, most people join, max out then leave but its hard to tell them that's a mistake.

Stebsis
Stebsis

I played this some 200+ hours and imo the best game of 2012, but around winter I just stopped. Didn't feel like playing anymore. Mesmer started to get boring after all that time and when I tried couple other classes I just couldn't bother trying to discover the maps I already did with my first character, do all the quests and stuff like that again and then I just quit. Still, it was really fun the time I spent with it. Hopefully FFXIV will keep me occupied at least the same time.

DrowNoble
DrowNoble

I wonder how these claims are verified.  Time Tech had an article about this written by Matt Peckham.  Below is a highlight...

DFC analyst David Cole says his company came to its conclusions about the sales record by “triangulating against multiple data sources” (which is keep-out-of-the-weeds-speak for “trust our wizard math”).  When asked for clarification about whether ArenaNet and DFC mean Guild Wars 2 is the fastest-selling MMO worldwide or just in the West, I was told that since no one has solid data on Eastern sales, they had to stick with “in the West,” but that it’s probably true (across the board) in terms of sales, since Eastern MMOs are given away for free.

So basically I read this is they have sold a lot to be sure, but are just making a "really good guess" that they are the fastest selling online game ever.   I was a bit surprised, considering so many people I know, myself included, tried the game and quit shortly there after.

Oh well, grats to you ArenaNet.  Too bad I'm done with NCSoft games.

ruisan101
ruisan101

being in a Large guild in World vs World vs world is by far the most fun i had in the game but then my Guild disbanded and i just couldn't find enough other content to keep me playing so i left. Great game but not enuff replay value for an MMO.

echolimaromeo
echolimaromeo

...and we stopped playing it just as fast as we bought it.

moniso
moniso

I played the game until I found out that PvE leveling is separate from PvP leveling!

that changed  now?

João Maia
João Maia

"It has more original content than WoW for example" Do you even... know just how... like, gigantically stupid that sentence is? Have you ever even seen World of Warcraft? It has five entire continents in which every single area very likely has been explained in one of dozens of books, every semi-important to important NPC has had a part in the lore for several books and ingame questlines, with some characters actually having entire books dedicated to their exploits. It has thousands upon thousands of quests, all of which feature a specifically unique storyline that gives depth to zones which already had lore-related depth before the MMO even existed. There is so much lore in World of Warcraft, and so much content, that to make a game that would feature all of its story is, today, technologically impossible to fit into a regular format. The entire lore transcripted into text and compacted makes a bigger file than most free-to-play MMORPGs in the market just two or three years ago. Please. By Odin, like your game. I wish everyone to be happy, and if Guild Wars 2 is your thing, than I am happy for you. But do not say such monumentally stupid things.

Peets83
Peets83

I like GW2 a lot. I have been playing for 450 hours and I still haven't managed to do everything. Especially because of the two week update. So much content to do! I really wonder how come some people cry that there is nothing to do. Do they miss half of the game?!? They'll have my support and I sometimes buy gems to support the great effort they have been doing.

Salt_AU
Salt_AU

Probably because it promised so much and delivered none of it.

BuddhaWrath
BuddhaWrath

GW2 has been one of my favorite MMOs ever so far. Having played since release, built a close-knit guild of 125 members, legendaries, 7000 AP and so on, I'm rather disappointed about the reluctance of new and sustainable content over the past year of playing. 

These "2 week content updates" are nothing more than a distraction of forgettable mini-games when they could be working on and releasing some meaningful content instead. Sure they will keep making costumes and gem-store items along the way in hopes to keep you sucked in.

Personally I'd rather pay for an expansion that offers some real added gameplay than to get free minigame updates every 2 weeks. A guildmate mentioned how they might be putting all their marbles into other countries for now because they plan to release an global expansion or something. Just disappointed at ANet.

PS. If you're new the game is still great to play, but if you're a vet with 7K+++ AP the game has nothing left to offer. It's plain dried out now, sadly. 

Abanaa
Abanaa

Ppl quit playing it almost as fast as they bought it. Low lvl areas are quite empty.

AlmaDanny
AlmaDanny

This China release thing is a joke. Chinese have been playing since release. How do i know? I even used to be in a chinese guild to do guild missions like a guild with nearly 200 ppl and most of them can't even speak English. My classmate came from Shandong area or something and he is playing with his mates from the same area. It is just Arenanet's trick of making you believe that their game is free from Chinese.

wexorian
wexorian

As i know servers are Not populated too much, Hype was so high that it sold quite widely , Kevin gave it high score ofc, But population drop happens when you mimic other MMO's and do nothing innovative.

wexorian
wexorian

I'm looking up forward for wildstar, GW 2 does not come even near :)

emperiox
emperiox

Guild Wars 2 sucks even runescape is better than this piece of shit

nedrith
nedrith

Honestly I could care less about sales numbers for a B2P MMO.  How many of those people are actually still playing on a regular basis is the real question.  Obviously a B2P MMO will have more sales than a P2P MMO but can they actually keep the people playing.


3 million in January isn't exactly amazing especially if 1/3 of them stopped playing though something tells me that it's more than just 1/3rd.

AdrenaI1ne
AdrenaI1ne

To elaborate on what I said, WoW classic was released a long time ago when the market was much smaller and MMOs were just taking off in popularity, as well as being an original and having to build it's player base as opposed to being a sequel.

If anything, WoW expansions almost selling more in day one than what GW2 has sold in 9 months shows how a WoW 2 game would completely obliterate this so called "record". But they're emphasizing it for GW2 on a technicality and it's bogus.

I'm not here to hate, but come on... anyone with any insight on these numbers can see right through this. Don't be fooled.

emperiox
emperiox

@DiscGuru101 It's not even remotely close to Guild Wars 1. Trust me, DO NOT BUY IT!

emperiox
emperiox

@4le_breVVer Yeah, what is the point of leveling if it doesn't benefit you in earlier level zones? Downleveling is so stupid and nonsensical. All the dickheads are going to respond me buy saying "it's to prevent griefing!"...my response to that is...do high level players in WoW go around killing all the low level monsters to prevent noobs from doing quests? Most people aren't that douchey and nothing would change from removing downleveling.

jcsadone
jcsadone

@moniso Erm, no. But there is no such thing as PvP leveling. You're maxed out in PvP, you gain glory not xp and it doesn't affect your abilities. But no, you can not lvl up your toons in PvP.

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

@Peets83 People just have different ideas of what they enjoy doing, that's all, so it's only natural that some will get bored of a game while others will love it. It happens in all games.

jcsadone
jcsadone

@Abanaa On what server? Mid lvl areas are empty - true. Never seen low lvl area that is not vastly populated. Maybe try changing server - I heard that T1 WvW oriented servers are quite empty in PvE and there is one underdog that is actually poorly populated all along.

emperiox
emperiox

@wexorian Dude, it's so obvious that they didn't even try anything innovative. It was just a cash grab to ride on the popularity of Guild Wars 1

enartloc
enartloc

@wexorian If WildStar also failes,we can stop playing MMO's and go pro into tetris,it's the last chance at a great mmo out there.

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

Keep going dude , you just getting good at it. Post another hate comments and you will get the world attention

@emperiox 

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

@nedrith lot of them are coming back because major updates are released every 2 weeks

bionicearlobe
bionicearlobe

@chibi-acer @Peets83  Same

When i first started playing it i though i'd get two years out of it like i did with WOW, i only game a couple of hours a day max and this only ended up lasting me 6 months.

The reason why i got bored is all the combat skills open up really early for all classes so i felt that once i'd maxed out one character and seen most the world it was hard to go beyond lvl 30 with other classes as you've seen "almost" everything that class has to offer at that lvl.

Still the best game of 2012 for me and one of my all time favourite.

Peets83
Peets83

@TenraiSenshi @chibi-acer I can understand that you can get bored of it. That is a good reason and there is nothing wrong with it. But I am still wondering why people say there is nothing to do. Anyway, people have to play which games they like and don't dwell on the games they no longer like.

emperiox
emperiox

@acelogan1989 @nedrith Yeah ok acelogan, keep telling yourself that LOL. I'm in one of the biggest guilds on my server...over half of the people haven't been online for more than a month.

wallydog63
wallydog63

@acelogan1989  Or maybe the game just sucks.  I won't go back.  GW1 is tons better than 2.  I know a lot of people who have left and aren't going back.  You know, I think I read somewhere that even TOR has more people online on a regular basis then GW2 right now.  So much for the WOW slayer ( and no, I don't play WOW.  Never have never will).