Straight from sales-tracking group NPD, the below data covers December 28-January 3. Apart from a shuffling of positions, the only difference between this list and the past three weeks is the regular edition of World of Warcraft replacing Bejewled Twist.
- The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / EA Maxis / $14 (Average)
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard / $40 (Average)
- Spore / EA Maxis / $44 (Average)
- The Sims 2 Apartment Life Exp. Pack / EA Maxis / $20 (Average)
- World Of Warcraft Battle Chest / Blizzard / $38 (Average)
- Fallout 3 / Bethesda / $50 (Average)
- Left 4 Dead / Valve / $49 (Average)
- Call Of Duty: World At War / Treyarch / $50 (Average)
- World Of Warcraft / Blizzard / $20 (Average)
- The Sims 2 Mansion & Garden Stuff Exp. / EA Maxis / $17 (Average)
Ok, I don't get it. Why the large disparity between the number of WoW subscribers and number of copies of expansions sold?
(lifted from Wikipedia, so accuracy is questionable, but let's presume the numbers are ballpark...)
# World of Warcraft (11.5 million subscribers)
* World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade [expansion pack] (3.5 million)
* World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King [expansion pack] (4 million)
you can buy it online from blizzard which probably doesn't count towards the sales
This. Borrow media from a friend or download it and then you just send Blizzard some money and they upgrade your account. No fuzz with going to the store or entering cd-keys. Those numbers are definitively not included in those numbers you got there.
You get to download the game using bittorrent totally officially when you buy it online.
I think the TBC and WOTLK numbers are just for the first month at reatilers.
A lot of that number that hasn't bought but is subscribed is probably very casual players. They don't rush out and wait at the midnight release of every expansion or prowl the WoW forums. I know a lot of MMO players like this who may only play a couple hours a week and won't be bothered to get the expansion ASAP, but would probably buy it eventually.
Those numbers were only accurate as of a few months after each expansion's release. Blizzard just doesn't bother releasing their latest numbers because everyone already knows they're huge.
The Battle Chest probably screws with the numbers too.