World of Warcraft: Cataclysm breaks PC sales records
Cataclysm, the third expansion for World of Warcraft, has set new records when it comes to PC game sales.
Blizzard has said that based on internal company estimates, the expansion has shifted over 3.3 million copies in its first 24 hours on sale. That would make it the fastest selling PC game of all time.
It comfortably beats the sales tally set by the previous Lich King expansion, which managed a paltry 2.8 million units during the first 24 hours on sale.
Over 10,000 game stores across the globe organised midnight openings when the game went on sale last Tuesday, so keen fans could play it as early as possible.
Mike Morhaime, CEO and Co-Founder of Blizzard, commented: “We had to bring Azeroth to the brink of destruction in Cataclysm, but the result was our best expansion yet. We want to thank all of our new, existing, and returning players throughout the world for their incredible enthusiasm and support, and we look forward to hearing what they think about all the new content.”
Despite the big sales figures, in the UK Cataclysm only managed third position in the weekly all-format game chart, still losing out to the big console franchises. Call of Duty: Black Ops held at number one, followed by FIFA 11 at number two.
Apparently Warcraft now has in excess of 12 million players across the world, a number not to be sneezed at (optionally, you can cough lightly).
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