World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria sales short of Cataclysm

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria sold 2.7 million copies in its first week after its September 25 launch and pushed subscriber numbers above 10 million once more, Activision Blizzard announced today. But even in seven days the newest expansion pack could not eclipse the day one sales of either of its predecessors, Cataclysm and Wrath of the Lich King, which respectively sold 3.3 million copies and 2.8 million copies in their first 24 hours.

The influential MMORPG will celebrate its eighth birthday in the U.S. next month. The game's subscriber base dipped to 9.1 million in the last round of figures released by the company in August, but Activision Blizzard said the game has enjoyed "major growth across all major regions" after Mists of Pandaria's launch. The pack launched in China on October 2 and that region's sales did not figure into the released numbers.

The expansion retails for $40 and adds a new continent, class, and race available for both the warring Horde and Alliance factions. GamesRadar's review for the new content is forthcoming, but until then our reviewer's initial thoughts are available in a review journal.


  • laurenhiya21 - October 4, 2012 9 a.m.

    Well of course it's going to sell less... it's pandas .-. I've already heard a lot of people complaining about how stupid pandas sound... probably those people don't care if the actual content is good or not... just that pandas aren't cool enough for them (or something :/) Personally I don't care one bit about this though, since I'm not into WoW Still though, 2.7 million copies in a week is still a lot, so I doubt they can complain too much
  • ObliqueZombie - October 4, 2012 9:05 a.m.

    Of course they are. People just disregard the content, the story, the mechanical progression, and see "PANDAria" and automatically assume it's ripping off Kung Fu Panda despite blatant facts saying otherwise. In other words, they judge something without ever trying it out--and if they did, they played it for one level during a Beta. I understand WoW fatigue--I, personally, have only been playing for just under 2 years--but to harshly judge it without looking into it? Oh well, back to Pandaria.
  • gazzc - October 4, 2012 11:26 a.m.

    I bought it to give the game 1 last chance after the failure of cataclysm.
  • robotdickens - October 4, 2012 12:20 p.m.

    Wow. Panda's didn't sell as much as a dragon trying to destroy the world? Who'da know! I'm being sarcastic by the way. I don't know if they actually thought this was a good game or they just said, "Why don't we go the route of Diablo III and just make some crap they don't need but thought was going to be awesome. We're Blizzard, hell we print our own money!"
  • CountJinsula - October 4, 2012 7:47 p.m.

    Pandas are childish and light-hearted, but this expansion is still brilliant. The questing, end-game content, storytelling, and in-game art in fantastic, if not the best we've seen yet. They have finally embraced the stylized art of WoW and used it to its best potential. The Pandaren are super stylized, but it works really well. The first time you encounter a Sha in the Jade Forest, it is beyond any world-ending dragon in terms of scale. The game is worth checking out, especially for long time WoW players. I had my skepticism going into this Expansion, but the opening quests leading into the new content was breathtaking (a giant air to ground battle with the Horde and Alliance? Brilliant) and the rest of the game followed suit. The Pandaren and Pandaria were conceived for Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne well before Kung Fu Panda first released (prior to that if you count the April Fools Joke). If anything, Kung Fu Panda ripped off Warcraft. Besides, if you think this expansion is too light-hearted to try, I have to say it is probably the darkest expansion I have seen yet. They go into very touchy subjects such as suicide and political morality within the several quest storylines (without being "preachy" might I add!) Overall, this is the most polished expansion yet, and I've been around for four launch nights now.
  • Vincent Wolf - October 4, 2012 11:58 p.m.

    Still too many idiots. Way too many idiots.... But ppl slowly, very slowly starting to get at least some brains...

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