WOW: Warlords of Draenor pre-orders good, Diablo 3 sales better, COD still king of the hill.
By Alex Walker on May 7, 2014 at 8:13 am
While there might be more active players in DOTA 2 than World of Warcraft these days, that doesn’t mean the game is failing – if anything, it’s doing just fine, thank you. Activision-Blizzard’s first quarter figures for the 2014 fiscal year have revealed that pre-sales of the Warlords of Draenor expansion to the MMO giant have already topped 1 million, with an alpha test to launch “soon”.
The report also has plenty of hard figures on all of the other company’s franchises. Over 10 million accounts have been registered, for instance, for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, while World of Warcraft itself had 7.6 million subscribers at the end of the first quarter. Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls sold more than 2.7 million units in its first week, which you’d imagine Blizzard would be properly chuffed with.
Not everything is rosy though, although Activision are certainly upbeat about it all. Software sales are down, but that trend has been blamed on the release of the new consoles and is expected to hold until the user base grows. Eric Hirshberg, CEO and President of Activision Publishing, added that Call of Duty Ghosts: Advanced Warfare would be the most “polished” release in the series’ history due to the three-year development time for the game, a first for the series.
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