I say it often, but it’s true. We are in another golden age of gaming. The number of quality games, big and small, is absurd. And another one just joined the list. Or, joined the list again.
World of Warcraft: Legion puts Activision Blizzard in another familiar spot. Another one of their games sold a ton. How much are we talking? A new press release says more than 3.3 million copies were sold on launch day. That matches the launch-day record set by previous expansions. Yep, big surprise. Another Activision Blizzard game with huge sales.
While 3.3 million copies are enough to make the execs smile, another metric probably has them jumping out of their plush chairs. “In addition, World of Warcraft’s launch-week player concurrency climbed to its highest point since the 2010 launch of the Cataclysm expansion,” reads the press release.
Damn. Those numbers are impressive. Too bad we’ll never know what “those numbers” actually are.
Last November, Activision Blizzard said they would no longer give out subscriber numbers. “This is the last quarter that we plan to provide subscriber numbers,” Blizzard said in its quarterly report last year.
“There are other metrics that are better indicators of the overall Blizzard business performance,” the company added. Yep. Who doesn’t love all those “engagement” metrics? Instead of subscriber numbers, we’ll get figures like “hours played” or “monsters slain” or “time spent in queue on launch week.” You know, those kind of pretty stats. Kidding aside, be on the lookout for something like “active users” in the next earnings report.
Blizzard even talked up what’s coming next in WoW: Legion. They don’t want to repeat the mistakes of Warlords of Draenor. Patch 7.1 was teased at PAX West. Check out the trailer below.
Man, I think I’m going to have to jump back in. My level 80 Paladin has been sitting idle for far too long.
Were you one of the 3.3 million on launch day? How do you like Legion so far?