Guild Wars rage for 4 million

NCsoft's free-to-play MMOG hits sales milestone through combined tally of original game and first two expansions.

While Blizzard's World of Warcraft remains the undisputed king of the massively multiplayer online market with more than 9 million subscribers, NCsoft's free-to-play fantasy MMOG Guild Wars has posted impressive numbers of its own. A mere five months after the ArenaNet-developed MMOG charged into battle, NCsoft revealed it had garnered the support of 1 million combatants. In June 2006, NCsoft followed up that announcement with news that the original Guild Wars and Guild Wars Factions, the game's first stand-alone expansion, had combined to sell more than 2 million copies.

With the game's second stand-alone expansion, Guild Wars Nightfall, having arrived last October, NCsoft today announced that the trio of games in the Guild Wars series has now sold a combined 4 million units. The milestone comes on the eve of the release for Guild Wars' third update, Guild Wars: Eye of the North, which is set to go live next week on August 31.

Billed as the first true expansion for the game (and the only one that isn't a stand-alone product), the focus of Eye of the North is on adding new content for existing players rather than introducing a new chapter to the game. The new content for the game includes new dungeons, heroes, items, and story content. ArenaNet also plans to use Eye of the North as a segue into Guild Wars 2, which is slated for a 2008 release.

In anticipation of Eye of the North's release, NCsoft will be hosting a sneak-peek weekend for the latest expansion from August 24-26. Players will be able to retain any achievements earned during the trial weekend when Eye of the North officially releases. For more on the sneak-peek weekend, head over to NCsoft's official site.

Guild Wars: Eye of the North is rated T for Teen and retails for $39.99. For new players looking to join in on the action, NCsoft will be bundling the original game with Eye of the North for $59.99. For more on Eye of the North, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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burn6
burn6

to downloadmanguy. playing guildwars and not playing other guildwars games because of your reason is not enough. all guildwars game have individual strengths, like heroes without nightfall, the expansion of the guildwars world and gameplay in eotn I think is also worthy. dude this game is waaay worth that small cost!! geez, you can buy all the guildwars games and play it until you got sick of it while you can only play WoW in 2-3 months? they just do the nerfing to balance the game and avoid exploits just like any MMO does. I will always be a guildwars fan/supporter until the MMO genre die, because this game broke away from the pack of game developers who are money-mongrels. I wouldn't mind paying a smaller fee monthly for guildwars2 if they surpass the existing guildwars flaws. but i have to agree with you on Factions, I also love that one, and the cinematics, is great! too bad nighfall and eotn doesn't have any. AB, the sin and ritualist are just awesome.

Neo_revolution7
Neo_revolution7

cant wait till this title comes out i have played previous gw titles were great still have to get eye of the north but nonetheless nothing can beat free online gaming :D

jimmulvaney
jimmulvaney

I must say, that for those who dont like to be picked off at a spawning point by other players, or get bored of "orc crush elf now", GW is definitely for you. NC Soft and ANet continue to up the bar that Wizards and the like fail to leap over. Plus it is fee free what more could you ask for?...Expansions? Got that too and once you join a guild you will wonder how you ever played without one, not like in Everqueer where you just love to strangle your members... :twisted:

gutterdude
gutterdude

Guild Wars 2 fully persistant world? If they can pull that off and make it a REAL mmorpg this game will kick okole and hopefully would force the other companys to make games fee free. But thats only if it gets a big enough following. Which is why I believe they should change the name of the game. Guild Wars title already has the stigmata of being a fake mmo attatched to it.

laverdegamer
laverdegamer

guild wars was a very great MMORPG. i do think its the best one without the monthly fee. out of all of the MMOs obsiously my opinion would be WoW but that dosnt change the fact that i cant afford WoW and that a big mistake of blizzard to do that monthly fee thing. if the monthly fee didnt happen then i would really have that game and so will millions of other poeplr that dont have it already.

downloadmanguy
downloadmanguy

Ahhh... Guild Wars. Fond memories of the long past bring about foul thoughts of the present. Guild Wars, as it was in 2005, was the most compelling fantasy MMOrpg that had ever been. It broke the mold of traditional MMO gaming and gave us something wonderful, engrossing, visually stunning, and memorable. But know that if Guild Wars WAS the beautiful child of the online gaming movement, it has seriously suffered from reverse-ugly duckling syndrome. What I mean, truly, is that this game that I cherished so dearly for quite some time has done nothing but go downhill since the release of its "expansions". I think many regard such a claim as "fanboyish" or "conservative", though it is quite the opposite. I was prepared for and anticipated the release of Factions along with many others. I loved Factions, in spite of its flaws and played it incessantly for some months. During, and not long after the release of Nightfall, however, the game simply went to hell. Massive changes to major areas of the game including, but not limited to, re-working of longstanding primary attributes, complete nerfing of farming (it was already hard to make money), and changes in PvP layout and play. It seems that in an effort to correct every problem with the game, they have made the game itself a problem and I can no longer recommend it to anyone. My faith in Anet has plummeted greatly, and I refuse to purchase neither Eye of the North, nor Guild Wars 2.

playstation_wii
playstation_wii

Can't wait for this game, but I really want the second one! :D

igl
igl

Awesome. I gave up on wow rather quickly and the fee is very unattractive and does not justify "keeping the servers up". GW is the living proof with more content, more updates and no problems. Alot of devs should learn from anet, they get things done great.

sigma8
sigma8

If this is good news for Arena, then I am happy for them. I got sick of the WoW grind, and after finally convincing some other fed up WoW friends to hop over to guild wars, we've been having a blast ever since. Being able to respec at a whim, and the sheer number of abilities just adds so much depth and flexibility and ... I think it's just really nice. More of a thinking-game than WoW, where you just learn your class and bash the same 3 or 4 buttons. I actually like the the fact all the outdoor areas are instanced. Although, I wish it was possible to allow people to enter an instance after the fact. Like maybe be able to invite someone to your party from anywhere... and then they could catch up with you and enter your instance... which would mean they also wouldn't get SUCKED out of town when you entered the instance.

zyxomma100
zyxomma100

Just got back into GW after about a 4 month hiatus. And I wonder why I left, this game is so fun. I'll definitely be a proud owner of all four campaigns come September.

Gen-Gawl
Gen-Gawl

Good for GW. It's nice to see that they can still compete in a market that has Wow.

iuns
iuns

Guild wars owns wow because of the COST! Guild wars is £10 per game off play.com and nothing after that. Wow is £10 plus another £8.20 a month! So a NEW COPY of guild wars EVERY MONTH OR a month of world or warcraft?

mc2much
mc2much

Guild wars rocks, i mean nothing can beat hours of gameplay and of course its all free after you've bought the game

GrimGravy
GrimGravy

good job even when you are free your almost have half the pop of wow lol

def_mode
def_mode

GJ ANET! one of the best mmo's i played

Pete5506
Pete5506

Wow vary nice, I like to see this game do good and not WoW

thanatose
thanatose

Nice!!! I'm glad to see GW is doing that well.

Runningflame570
Runningflame570

Watch out WoW the assassins (and wars, eles, paragons, dervs, mesmers, rits, necros...) are coming for you. ;)

Shinedown220
Shinedown220

Can't wait to see what NCsoft comes up with for the PS3.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Not surprised. If WoW weren't out there, Guild Wars would probably have a lot more people.

LordDeArnise
LordDeArnise

Sweet-o. This proves that even a MMO like Guild Wars can sell.

Tremere1
Tremere1

To those saying GW1 is not a MMO. Guild Wars 2 will be the same as GW1, but it will have PVP and everything that WOW has, meaning better graphics than WOW and some other improvements.

keci_kt
keci_kt

I am counting the days. Just 7 more days till i get mines

troness
troness

Well apparantly the person who wrote this article, and others posting here didn't know Guild Wars wasn't an MMO because they call it one many times. Don't get all bent out of shape, I still said its a good game. But my point is the whole "free MMO" gimic is a play on words. The game is closer to Diablo II then it is to an MMO.

kyosukeugc
kyosukeugc

"""Guild Wars isn't an MMO. Its a good game for being free, but an MMO, it is not. """ so it's not a Massive Multiplayer Online game? Gee.... who knew... *rolls eyes* Ignorance is bliss I suppose. GW is a great series of games and well worth trying out if you haven't before. For the record and stated by Anet GW2 will be more "WoW-like" and do things to surpass the "worldly" aspects that WoW has. and yet still be free gamig! :D

scyldschefing
scyldschefing

I don't think that Guild Wars is a MMORPG like most other fantasy MMO's are, and further more I don't think that they were trying to be either. Guild Wars is great for what it is, but it's not my cup of tea. I accept that some people prefer it over more traditional style games (like WoW), but not everyone will. Granted, there are a lot of aspects of WoW that I wish were more like GW. GW2 looks like it's going to combine the best elements of both types of games, and I hope that it does so in a way that appeals to fans of both styles of games.

CaptainDingo
CaptainDingo

"It's good if you're ignorant to what a full blown MMO has to offer." Or if you don't have a $100+ a year to spend on one game.

CaptainDingo
CaptainDingo

"Guild Wars is all about PvP, the rest is just fluff." I dunno, man. You've got a vast majority of the fanbase that says the exact opposite. :P Not a vocal majority, but they are vast...

jop360
jop360

Yup go guid wars...can't wait to play the beta for GW2...the first next-gen mmo

radiocreed
radiocreed

I already pre-ordered GWEN, the new skills are my main motivation to get the expansion. Guild Wars is all about PvP, the rest is just fluff.

sacatash
sacatash

I like Guild wars...its a good alternative to WoW if you just want to start up a game and get some hack and slash action...the single player mode is also pretty good...the best thing though is you do not have to pay monthly to play it..

troness
troness

Guild Wars isn't an MMO. Its a good game for being free, but an MMO, it is not.

PattyL_uk
PattyL_uk

Well im a new MMO-RPG player moved from fps to this started out on WoW enjoyed it very much got guild wars this monday with factions and nightfall and i liked so much bring on eye of the north and guild wars 2! also bring on WoW new expansion and warhammer online

jazilla
jazilla

4 million copies. Kudo's.

Binarynova
Binarynova

I've played quite a bit of Guild Wars, but honestly I'm really tired of the game in general. I don't have a good guild, and I don't typically play with other people. The henchmen and heroes were supposed to help solo players like me by allowing us to see the whole game. Unfortunately, that's just not how it worked out at all. When I step out into the desert my fate is pretty much 50/50. And then I'm still missing out on 5 out of every 6 drops. So, suffice it to say, I'm going to pass on EotN and just wait for GW2. I'm looking forward to it because it sounds like NCSoft is picking up several ideas from more mainstream MMO games while still retaining the no-monthly-fee style that I loved about Guild Wars. Hopefully some of those ideas will translate into a more enjoyable game, both for small group players and solo players.

Romanticide
Romanticide

It's good if you're ignorant to what a full blown MMO has to offer.

Cubehouse
Cubehouse

Ahh, NCSoft... free MMORPG's are fabulous... I don't know about other people, but I do other things in my life and sometimes don't play a game for a number of months. So, Guild Wars is fantastic for me. I can pick it up whenever I want and my character is still there :)

runstalker
runstalker

Some of the best in-game artwork in the series can be found inside the catacombs, dungeons and towers. Really great architecture and color use. For that reason alone, I'm going to check out Eye of the North. After 8+ months of no contact with the game, it should feel fresh. Besides, I want those character bonuses for my GW 2 descendants.

Somazx
Somazx

Not much of an MMO really.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I still have it installed, but I'm more excited about GW2

Srinivassa
Srinivassa

Yeah, GWEN is too much GW for me. I want the new skills though. I don't want to slog through more PvE to get them. Don't know if I will get this one. Considering the PvP-only skills pack if they make it available.

GMAN32X
GMAN32X

This is great news. I'm glad to see an MMO without a subscription fee succeed. NCSoft could sell even more copies if they brought GW to the PS3 (hint, hint).

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

I enjoyed GW...Nightfall was a great expansion but I don't plan on getting this.