Blizzard has confirmed that World of Warcraft’s new Battle for Azeroth expansion pushed more than three million copies on launch day, despite some server wobbles, making this one the game’s fast-selling expansion ever. And mom told you World of Warcraft was dead.
Battle for Azeroth is the MMORPG’s seventh expansion, preceded by The Burning Legion (2007), Wrath of the Lich King (2008), Cataclysm (2010), Mists of Pandaria (2012), Warlords of Draenor (2014), and Legion (2016). Like everything else before it, the expansion introduces heaps of shiny new thingies to the game, including the Kul Tiras and Zandalar continents, with more content expected over the coming weeks. Also like everything else before it, the expansion’s narrative has been subject to some controversy.
According to the press stuff, Battle for Azeroth sold 3.4 million copies on 14 August, beating out the previous record of 3.3 million claimed by Cataclysm and Legion. That’s not too bad for a game that’s been out almost 15 years now, unless you’ve been grinding boars in Elwynn Forest and haven’t even left the house since then. You know who you are.