Guild Wars 2 sells over two million units

It's extremely hard for a PC exclusive game to break one million units in its entire lifetime. However, it looks like sales of the recently released Guild Wars 2 are very healthy indeed, even when the publisher behind the game, NCSoft, decided to stop digital sales of the fantasy MMO sequel for a little while.

Today, via Massively, NCSoft announced that sales of Guild Wars 2 have now broken the two million unit mark since the game launched on August 28th. Two days after the launch, NCSoft decided to halt first party sales of the game's digital download version. In short, there were too many players attemping to sign onto the servers of Guild Wars 2. Retail sales of the game were not affected.

Earlier this week, NCsoft resumed digital download sales of the game and that seems to be the extra push that was needed to break the two million sales barrier. The game itself, developed by ArenaNet, has already generated solid reviews and it seems like this game could avoid some of the problems that other recently launched and heavily hyped MMO games, such as Star Wars: The Old Republic, have encountered.

Source: Massively | Image via NCsoft

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Ravensky said,
GW2 is the most visual stunning MMO I have ever seen, it's amazing! I love it!!!

Even GW1 was better than looking than WoW. They didn't have to go far.

Aion for dummies is a great way to describe it. Not to mention, visually, it looks about as amazing as Solitaire on Windows 95.

I can't understand why the human race is accepting subpar garbage these days. I'd be willing to bet this mentally retarded generation would buy a steaming pile of sh3it if it was dyed white and had an Apple logo on the package.

GW2 is the biggest MMO joke to hit the market since Tera, but at least tera was visually stunning.

VoX said,
Aion for dummies is a great way to describe it. Not to mention, visually, it looks about as amazing as Solitaire on Windows 95.

I can't understand why the human race is accepting subpar garbage these days. I'd be willing to bet this mentally retarded generation would buy a steaming pile of sh3it if it was dyed white and had an Apple logo on the package.

GW2 is the biggest MMO joke to hit the market since Tera, but at least tera was visually stunning.

Your entire post tells me you either A.) haven't played it. Or B.) You wouldn't know if anything was good in life, so taking any advice from you is a mistake, in all aspects.

Considering GW is one of the best looking online rpgs to this day you sound like a troll or a big Blizzard fanboys.

VoX said,
GW2 is the biggest MMO joke to hit the market since Tera, but at least tera was visually stunning.

Hold on, TERA visually stunning? Between what? Sexified characters that fly pink flamingos?

I'm not a hater of TERA, I thought the gameplay was decent. It's the over saturated "visually stunning" environment I had big problems with...

dead.cell said,

It's the over saturated "visually stunning" environment I had big problems with...

^Is the reason it was uninstalled within the hour.

Is that all?. Where is the WoW killer everybody was talking about huh?. The game isn't at all revolutionary, and by buying this, you are officially telling companies you are willing to have a Cash Shop in the game AND pay for the game.

I swear, I have no hope for the gaming community. It's dead to me.

Mike Frett said,
Is that all?. Where is the WoW killer everybody was talking about huh?. The game isn't at all revolutionary, and by buying this, you are officially telling companies you are willing to have a Cash Shop in the game AND pay for the game.

I swear, I have no hope for the gaming community. It's dead to me.

Do understand the slow change in the gaming business model can be frustrating, but GuildWars 2 only has vanity items or items that speed things up in the cash shop. In addition, you can exchange gold earned in game towards gems (what is purchased to real world money).

I've also contributed to a far amount of games on kickstarter. That's also a change in the gaming industry that allows developers to be independent of the publisher.

Mike Frett said,
The game isn't at all revolutionary

This game gets a lot of thing right. And Blizzard could borrow some ideas from it.

The downlevel mechanic is one of them. It's great that my higher level friends can play with me without being able to one shot everything.

Mike Frett has a hard on for hating GW2 for some reason. He's never played the game, so don't take his opinion to heart. It isn't worth much at all.

Really enjoying the game, not saying it was smooth at launch, but for all the hiccups, was still very playable. Majority of the launch issues have been worked out.

Jason Stillion said,
Really enjoying the game, not saying it was smooth at launch, but for all the hiccups, was still very playable. Majority of the launch issues have been worked out.

I think in COmparison to alot of other launches, its considered smooth. I was able to play on Day 1, and have not had a single issue logging in at any point.. except when i got that 3 day ban.

I do feel the game can be 'beaten' very early, there are people in full exotics already..but at least its a game you can put down and pick up whenever you feel like due to the lack of monthly fee. This would also lead to people not burning out like they do in WoW.

Beyond Godlike said,
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Well, GW1 was able to be beaten, so to speak. But yeah, it's nice being able to know you can pick it up and enjoy yourself whenever you like. No stupid subscriptions keeping us behind the bars. Honestly, that's what kept me away from WoW. Wasn't worth subscribing to anymore for me; $15 just to dick around for a few hours wasn't worth it.

ahhell said,
Must....resist....buying....

Why ?

GW 2 is not a grind fest like some mmo are. It's an enjoyable online rpg you can play once in a while since it's free to play once you bought it anyway.

The main problem of the game imo is the online manual is crap. You need to learn to play the game by yourself and it's not really an easy game to masterize at first.

Once you got the mechanics of your class (i got it at around level 20) it's really a fun game.

GW2 is definitely showing to be good competition. Their release may have not been perfect, but the game as it stands now has a great base to work on. We have to remember what WoW had when it first came out, which wasn't a whole lot in the beginning.

There's definitely room to grow, bugs to fix, features to be added, but to this release, I say bravo. I guess if they held off any longer to keep adding every last feature in, the game would've never been released.

amazon uk was out of stock for about 1 week, their price was £35. the digital download is £50 which is pretty crazy, if anything it should be lower than retail price. Nice to see that WOW has some competition now though.