Approx 2.7 units of Mists sold early, plus the sales just at/post launch, plus China coming on boards soon – WoW is back to 10+ million players and may get to a higher mark.
Mike Morhaime – “It’s been gratifying to see the results of all of the work we put into this expansion and to hear all of the positive feedback from players so far.”
I’m pleased, as it reflects how good I think this expansion is. Congratulations. There were initial reports that sales were less than Cata and less than expected, and however true they were they were slanted toward the retail sales of boxes which ignored the digital sales. I purchased a digital version, and think it is the logical way to pay. Sorry stores, you do not have a compelling offering. I guess there is Blizzard spin there too. The 3 month figure will be telling, and the 6 month stats will be definitive. As a player we generally know how it is going in a broad sense anyway by who is online and what they are saying.
I’ve seen some players return to try out the game, but not a massive amount of the really “old” players who left with significant burn-out in place. Some folks have had enough of the game, and feel that the flavour of wow’s treadmill is not for them anymore – fair call. I respect that, just as I respect that a player can return and get a new lease on life too. We have to do what we enjoy above all else.
There are also some bloggers returning too, so we should see an increase in the general wow chatter through the internet. It is exciting.
It’s odd to think that games will cycle in this manner on first impression, but it really is logical. Something is new and entertaining, then it becomes old – the manufacturers make a cal of how long to keep content out there, and how fast they can release it. 1 year with an end boss is too long, and the anti-subs reflected that.
Anyone else like to roll a Mogu character?
- Blizzard moves 2.7 million Mists of Pandaria units in first week (massively.joystiq.com)
- Analysts: Mists of Pandaria sales disappointing (massively.joystiq.com)
- Blizzard talks ‘Mists of Pandaria’ launch, lack of BlizzCon (theverge.com)
- How successful is Mists of Pandaria? (tobolds.blogspot.com)