Guild Wars passes the 5 million mark

Posted by Theo Valich

Bellevue (WA) - Blizzard's 800-pound gorilla World of Warcraft isn’t the only relevant game in the MMORPG genre.

We were told by NCsoft and ArenaNet that worldwide sales of the Guild Wars franchise recently surpassed five million units. To be fair, we have to note that this number does not mean that there are five million Guild Wars gamers in the world. It is simply an indication how many game boxes of the franchise have sold so far. This includes the original Guild Wars game, as well as expansions such as Factions, Nightfall and Eye of the North. Looks to us like a decent run-up to the release of Guild Wars 2, a title that is expected to hit the market in late 2008 or early 2009.

Apparently, PC gaming isn’t dying, but is evolving from single-player scenarios into huge virtual communities. The two most popular titles alone attract an audience of 15 million gamers these days.