Lich King claims 2.8M souls in 24 hours

Second World of Warcraft expansion officially fastest-selling PC title of all time following beyond-brisk day-one sales.

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As only the second expansion to an 11 million-player massively multiplayer game, there was little doubt that World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King would sell well. Today, developer-publisher Blizzard Entertainment told the world exactly how well, announcing the add-on had sold a staggering 2.8 million copies in its first 24 hours on the market. GameStop reported that the expansion is already their top-selling PC title of 2008. Although currency fluctuations and discounts prevent an accurate estimation of the expansion's exact take, 2.8 million units at the US price point of $39.99 stacks up to nearly $108 million.

The last known whereabouts of many WOW players.

Wrath of the Lich King's launch was heralded by 15,000 midnight launch events worldwide. Whether they were in the US, UK, or Australia, all events were mobbed by fans whipped into a frenzy by a steady drumbeat of hype. The fact that it has been nearly two years since the first WOW expansion, The Burning Crusade, also played a large part. That game, too, shattered records when it sold 2.4 million copies in the 24 hours after its launch on January 17, 2007, back when WOW only had 8 million subscribers.

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King will raise the level cap to 80 and will add new abilities and talents to all classes. It also introduces the Death Knight hero class and a new profession--inscription--that will let players permanently enhance spells and abilities. The expansion also adds new character-customization options, as well as a massive new realm, Northrend. For more details on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage, and check back soon for a full review.

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144 comments
Decrate
Decrate

KEK, thats a lot of sales! BUR!

LewyDeng2
LewyDeng2

needless to say it can be difficult even for casual players to control urges.

samuro88401
samuro88401

I agree with Master_chief, the stereotype of the WoW player being addicted and playing all the time and never leaving his house, failing all his classes and never exercising . . . . Such BS! i play casually, my friends and i play all the time together and we still, leave our houses and go have lives, we exercise regularly, and we are passing all of our classes because we can control ourselves when it comes to playing a game. its true that some people lose control, and that's too bad because those people now give other players a terrible reputation. besides, the people who are "addicted" most likely have other psychological problems. to all who say WoW should be banned . . . perhaps you should find better things to be doing in your so called life than complaining about something that doesn't affect you and any way what so ever. Blizzard Entertainment is the best game developer in the world in my opinion, all of there games are great.

Master_Chief_14
Master_Chief_14

alistair_rags, I play world of warcraft, and i'm not addicted to it. I believe this is a matter of self control. For example, people die because of smoking, but cigarettes aren't banned from stores. Now i don't want wow banned because little kids have an "obsession".

BlackKnightOfH8
BlackKnightOfH8

Sorry spacer69, it won't happen. An I say that because of how console games/gamers work. Gears of War 2 just came out for 360. It's hot right now and everyone is playing it. But, 1-2 months from now...maybe even less(Left 4 Dead) Gears of War 2 will be dead online because the next "hot" console game has come out. An constantly having to shell out 50+ bucks for the next hot game every other month just gets tiring.

OmegaCookie7
OmegaCookie7

I can't understand the appeal of this game. I just didn't find it fun, and I levelled my way to 90 on Runescape.

Tescas
Tescas

In that case EVERY game is a disease.. lets banish all games because there were kids that killed friends because they did what that guy on mortal kombat does... Every movies are diseases... lets banish movies and tv... because there was a kid that saw robocop and killed his father... etc... And please tell me the difference between playing the same game 3 hours/day or play 10 different ones the same 3 hours/day? Wow players are addicted to one game.. the others are addicted to whatever game is fashion on that given momment.. dont be hypocrit... if you are in a games site its because you love games... ;)

dsa0224
dsa0224

its very sad when people do stupid crap because " OMG, i can kill a cab driver like in GTA4, let me try it in real life" people like that give gamers a bad name

Fabuloso
Fabuloso

I agree with you alistair_rags, I really do, but still I play this game every day.. Paradoxia, hehe

alistair_rags
alistair_rags

The creators of this game have just gone over the top, they have created a game that takes advantage of little kids and draws them in and they can't stop playing it. I hate this game and people take it too seriously. This game should be banned for the good of humanity.

merlin19783
merlin19783

Look guys at the end of the day people make choices and do what they see as best. At the moment this is the biggest (I'm not saying best here) game in the world and lots of people do love playing it. On the scale of how much people play your bound to get people on the silly end who literally lock them selves away and play 24/7, yes crazy I agree but Human beings are doing crazy all across the planet as you can see via the news/youtube etc. I know someone who had a blood clot and died because he played this game too much, very sad yes but at the end of the day you can't stop people doing what they want to do. Live and let live I say and if you don't like the game then don't play it :) Peace

dsa0224
dsa0224

WoW players who cant understand three simple words: GET A LIFE!!!!!! games are no longer fun or acceptable when it becomes an obsession

cyborg100000
cyborg100000

How can you not have time to play this game? It's not like you HAVE to spend even 4 hours a day to catch up to the end game now. This is damned casual friendly MMO now so I really don't see why this will take away your life.

lucfonzy
lucfonzy

"There has already been one death of some idiot playing the game non stop, these freaks give games a bad name." Anyone remember manhunt? Some kid killed his friend after playing that game. What about GTA4? some kid killed a cab driver after playing that game. Pfft

BloodMist
BloodMist

*rolls eyes* Yeah it's common knowledge that that's a stereotype, unless you're omniscient and actually do know what everyone on the entire planet is doing at all times of the day.Which of course, you don't.

LewyDeng2
LewyDeng2

@BILLNYE6983: well there are a hell of a lot FEWER people who play CoD4 all day than there is WoW. And even if some1 does play cod 4 all day, there probably not doing that every day, where as in WoW u have millions of people who play all day ever day, not the same case in CoD4 or ANY other game for that matter. Its not stereotyping, its common knowledge.

TheMadmage
TheMadmage

Hvac, the 10 million figure is not exactly what you think they are. Over 6 million of them are asian accounts that have a different pricing structure. They pay significantly less (hourly rate in the pennies) than North American or European customers.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

$15/mth - 1 person $180/year - 1 person 10,000,000 accounts (before Linch King) Total = $1,800,000,000 / year for Activision-Blizzard for WoW The game has been our since 2004, so multiply that by 4 years and you see that they have made $7,200,000,000 since the games release on subscriptions alone. Not that I have the time for the game anyway, but don't you think it's time the customers see some kick-back from this outside of having to pay for new expansions? I say Acti-Blizzard lowers the monthly fee to $5/month per person. It seems like they would be able to afford it...

LikwidX3
LikwidX3

kool. WoW kicks ass at selling lol. and CryonicMaestro i bet you feel good about your life, posting about how other people dont have lives? you're "cool".

runnermpls
runnermpls

interestingly enough, i work for a major retailer and video games and gaming systems are the one area of the store that is surpassing forecast while sales in everything else are slumping.

ftjx
ftjx

this is good. Setting a new sales record in times of recession, very impressive.

CryonicMaestro
CryonicMaestro

haha I love the title of this Article , bunch of no-lifers

BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

I like how people can play call of duty all day and not get flak about it but if you play WOW that is all you ever do and your addicted. Most people I know who play WOW or any MMO are laid back about it, and even the ones who are more serious don't take it THAT seriously. Stop the stereotyping.

baal46
baal46

The success of WoW is a strong stimulus to other publishers to take the risk associated with producing games, especially for the PC. Whether you like WoW or not, it is undeniably a good thing for the industry. Wishing for it to fail is pretty darn ignorant.

ChampMLG
ChampMLG

Haha I'm down with the South Park episode that would be sweet

starwars999
starwars999

Blizzard is really doing well for themselves.

shadowblade99
shadowblade99

Yay, much like Star Trek before it, WoW isn't about to die. That's fine with me (well as far as Star Trek is concerned that fine with me). Maybe we'll get another great South Park episode after this.

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

I'm one of those 2.8 million. It's definitely a much much better expansion than BC was.

petrino
petrino

is werid...i went back to my old neighbor hood where i grew up to see my dad...and i went past the old soccer field...nada...no kids playing...and that football field used to be a mudhole in summer...now it was overgrown... computers are taking over the world... we are slaves to the machines

Coolvetica
Coolvetica

I miss the days when people use to play outside :(

-Beatz-
-Beatz-

Woah, that's really, really a lot. But I'm not surprised, since WoW has like, 11 million subscribers (which there aren't actually 11 million people)

dsa0224
dsa0224

no wonder why the play grounds are soo empty these days and no one wants to hang out at the club

02sfraser
02sfraser

no suprises there. at GAME we got 2 big boxes of it. gone in a day.

Ze_das_coves
Ze_das_coves

wow, that shows that pc games can still sell a lot. I loved WC3 and Frozen Throne and was really considering getting WOW, but then the “paying to play” thing and the fact that I'm not that all into RPGs kinda pulled me off. But I would probably have spent a lot of time playing if I had bought it, so maybe it was for the best (having to study and what not :P) The only thing I can ask Blizzard now is WC4. Based on the fact that people say WOW continues to improve gives me hope that when they do it, it will also rock!

Slizergiy
Slizergiy

Oh dear. I was part of that first 24 hours statistics. Oh well. I like playing WoW just as the next person does, but I have a life as I have other things to do as well, like drawing and Uni (which ultimutly comes first). If one can have a balance then your fine.

Falru
Falru

I would've been so much happier if they'd continued Arthas's story in RTS, he's one of my favorite video game characters of all time. I loved Warcraft III and his fall from humanity, and the gameplay was great. But I tried and failed to find any enjoyment in WoW, the gameplay feels almost identical to the RTS (and a map variant called DotA) and 95% of the players seem to be immature whiners and drama queens. wonder if Korea would implode if they announced World of Starcraft. I love blizzard for doing this though: http://www.halolz.com/2008/11/13/nice/

abr_alex
abr_alex

lol and they say PC is dead :))))

CureForLiving
CureForLiving

I started playing wow too late, so I'm personally going to focus on more of the the existing content before buying the expansion.

Sheiko
Sheiko

Simply put: WoW=all your base are belong to us. Addicted or not Results mean this must be good.

witide
witide

My brother bought Lich King in the afternoon of the opening day. He likes the game, isn't addicted, and just plays for a few hours when he feels like it. People need to stop stereotyping the players and realise that it's popular because it's enjoyable.

hansolo14
hansolo14

Dark_Mits it's not about preference's, we are negative about this game people that had played and enjoy it, yes, but had realize that work's as a drug, dont compare WOW sales with GOW2 cause junk..s are capable of anything for their dosis

Dark_Mits
Dark_Mits

I'm not surprised by the many negative votes on this topic, after all, you people are angry cause it's not Halo 3, or GTA4. Seriously, if the title was "World of Grand Theft Auto is a reality", people would be clicking thumbs up on any comment congratulating the team that did that. There is a game that is more successful than your fps/tps. Deal with it. It does not mean your game is worse or less enjoyable. And if the game was terrible, it wouldn't be critically applauded.

Wrecked69
Wrecked69

Lich King is terrible. It's success just shows how many people are hopelessly addicted to WoW.

darin025
darin025

Im not a PC gamer, but DANG 2.8M in 24 hours?!?! Ill give props to those numbers. What a strong fan base...

SPD_WeBmAsTaH
SPD_WeBmAsTaH

I may have the game, but I still own my own soul. HAAAAAA TAKE THAT LICH KNG!