In some more record-breaking news, the highly-anticipated World of Warcraft expansion, Shadowlands, has officially become the fastest-selling PC game in history. While this may come as no surprise to those who are already well aware of WoW’s chart-topping player-base, the announcement on the eve of what is sure to be another record-breaking release in Cyberpunk 2077 has cemented a notion that we already suspected: 2020 has been one hell of a year for video games.
Since its release on 23rd November, the eighth expansion to reestablish WoW’s 16-year reign has sold more than 3.7 million units worldwide, surpassing a standard that was previously set by Blizzard’s own Diablo III. Which places them firmly alongside CCP Games as an overachieving games company in the habit of breaking their own records.
In addition, this year saw players spend more time in Azeroth to date than in any other year this decade, with total player time in-game nearly doubling compared to the same period last year.
“It’s been a huge thrill to enter this whole-new dimension of the Warcraft universe together with millions of players around the world,” said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. “It’s been equally rewarding to see players enjoying all of the new features and content in Shadowlands—whether they’re exploring new aspects of their characters with the Covenants or setting foot in WoW for the first time with the new-player experience in Exile’s Reach—and there’s much more to come.”
Of course, we at MMOGames have also been keen to discover what all the hype surrounding Azeroth’s own afterlife is all about, so keep an eye out as we will soon be publishing our own review of the World of Warcraft expansion in the coming days. In the meantime, Season 1 has just dropped for Shadowlands with the arrival of its first raid, Castle Nathria – the gothic stronghold of Ravendreth – so let us know your thoughts in the comments!
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