Cataclysm Sells 4.7M Units in One Month

Monday Blizzard Entertainment said that World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, the third expansion for its insanely popular MMORPG on the PC, sold more than 4.7 million units in the first month of its release. It's also now the fastest selling PC game of all time, stealing the crown away from the previous champ and second WoW expansion, Wrath of the Lich King.

"We created thousands of new quests, introduced new lands to explore, and extensively revamped the game world for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, making it our biggest and most ambitious expansion yet," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment.

Cataclysm was simultaneously released in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Europe, Russia, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand on December 7. According to Blizzard, the expansion sold 3.3 million copies in the first day of its release. The expansion then became available in Korea and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau two days later on December 9.

Prior to the launch of Cataclysm, WoW's subscriber population had grown to more than 12 million players globally. To keep up with the growing demand, Blizzard is currently hiring on new hands to help with WoW and other tasty Blizzard titles. As of this writing there are numerous positions open that are listed right here.

"We’ve been floored by the community's response so far, and we'd like to thank them for their continued passion and support for World of Warcraft, and for helping Cataclysm reach this incredible milestone," Morhaime said.

Gamers who haven't given in to the pressure of playing Blizzard's MMORPG prior to Cataclysm's release can check out the game for ten days free. To get in on the action, start by heading here.

  • jeffredo
    Regret buying it. I don't really care for the overhaul and haven't enjoyed the game much since the pre-expansion patch in November.
  • joytech22
    I played for 2-3 weeks but quit because i had no idea what to do, Don't care that i'm a noob.
  • x3style
    Well worth it, i havent been away from wow for allmost 2 years, i got Cataclysm Collectors Edition, and the changes are well worth it WoW is not back with the fresh new revam it really improves on what needed improved a long time ago with BC and WotLK.
    Recomment to aget 1-2 month game time and take it slow let it sink in, its how the game is most enjoyable. Don't rush the game it will spoil everything.
  • punnar
    The expansion was brilliant. Everquest did many years ago when they released Everquest 2 and it was a flop.

    To me Cataclysm is baiscaly a new game but they let you keep your characters from the old game so you can enjoy the new game game content right away instead of starting over.
  • Von Death
    jeffredoRegret buying it.x3styleWell worth it...The Internet: forcing humanity to recognize our inherent differences since 19?? (disagreed upon date).

  • rantoc
    Its a forum, people are allowed to have different opinions. Its only health rather than the "mainstream" worshipers without a will of their own!
  • g00fysmiley
    i'm enjoying it, mmo's aren't for everybody, heck computer games aren't fo everybody... but WoW is fun, good low cost entertainment for me and my wife, and i thank blizzard for providing a fun cheap media to be part of :D
  • mavroxur
    WoW has been a failure since the pre-WOTLK patches when they started dumbing down the game and nerfing everything to make the game easier. That's why I quit before Wraith, and after wraith came out, i played for a few weeks (to give it the benefit of a doubt) and regretted even trying it after WOTLK. It's not the challenging, interesting game it once was back in the Pre-BC and BC days.
  • samely
    "It's also now the fastest selling PC game of all time"
    Should expansions to an existing game count as an individual game in sales? I don't understand this.
  • zak_mckraken
    I'm pleased with the new content so far. They added a lot of quests, but not that much like it feels you've been in the same zone for weeks. There's more cinematics (maybe too much in Uldum) that makes you feel more part of the story. The dungeons are well designed and are insanely difficult on heroic mode! It's a good thing, because in WotLK it was more pussy/normal than normal/heroic. I haven't stepped in any raid yet, but we should make our first attempt in Bastillon of Twilight this sunday.

    Considering thse addition, the revamping of all the old zones, the graphics amelioration, the rewriting of the caracter progression, we can safely say that it's a whole new game, not a simple expansion.