Beginning on November 23, World of Warcraft® players around the world embarked on an adventure into the unknown reaches of Azeroth beyond in Shadowlands , the long-awaited eighth expansion for the game. Blizzard Entertainment today announced that more than 3.7 million copies were sold worldwide during Shadowlands launch day , making it the fastest-selling computer game in the history of the game. sector*.
The previous industry record was held by Diablo® III, also from Blizzard, which sold more than 3.5 million copies on the day of its release. Today’s announcement confirms that Shadowlands has surpassed that milestone, as well as every other direct selling achievement within the same span of all computer games in history.
Additionally, World of Warcraft continues to receive a hugely positive response from the franchise’s global community:
- During the months leading up to the expansion’s launch and since its launch, the game has reached and maintained its highest number of players with long-term or monthly subscriptions compared to the same period before and after any WoW expansion of the last decade. both in the West and in the East.
- Players have spent more time in Azeroth this year than in the same period in any of the last 10 years.
- In addition, the total playing time so far this year has almost doubled compared to the same period last year.
“It has been tremendously exciting to enter this new dimension of the Warcraft universe with millions of players around the world,” said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. And it was very gratifying to see that players enjoyed all the new features and content in Shadowlands , such as Curiae or the WoW New Player Experience at Edge of Exile. And this is not over! ”
The launch of Shadowlands marks the beginning of an unprecedented adventure in World of Warcraft , as, in the coming weeks and months, many things await players. Starting today, Season 1 of the expansion kicks off with the opening of its first raid, Nathria Castle (Revendreth’s Gothic Fortress) on Normal and Heroic difficulties.
Additionally, Mythic Keystone Dungeons will also be available to tempt the heroes of Azeroth who dare more challenging challenges with better rewards. This season’s dungeon affix, Proud, pits heroes against their own sense of duty in the form of ego-spawned manifestations. Players will also be able to put their skills to the test in the arenas and battlefields when the expansion’s first rated PvP season begins .