Blizzard has announced that the World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Expansion Pack has sold a whopping 4 million copies within its first month, making it the bona-fide fastest selling PC game of all time; Unseating the previous WoW expansion, The Burning Crusade, which held the title previously. Wrath of the Lich King was released on November 13th, 2009.
In addition to this, Blizzard announced that the worldwide number of subscribers who are paying a monthly fee to play World of Warcraft has increased to 11.5 million.
Sales of the World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Battle Chest also increased during the month as people returned to play the game after the release of Wrath of the Lich King, helping the subscriber base grab those extra 500,000 players.
“We’re pleased to welcome the new and returning players who have helped World of Warcraft reach these new milestones, and we appreciate the enthusiasm and support that the game’s global community has continued to show,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We look forward to providing all of them with an excellent entertainment experience for a long time to come.”
“Not only is Wrath of the Lich King still doing well, the base World of Warcraft game and the World of Warcraft Battle Chest are performing better than last year,” said Bob McKenzie, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop. “That type of traction is very impressive for a game that is going into its fifth holiday season and speaks to the enthusiastic player base Blizzard Entertainment products have.”