World of Warcraft Legion Sells 3.3 Million Copies On Launch

Any World of Warcraft player out there should know by now that a new expansion, World of Warcraft Legion, has now launched and is available in the game. The expansion, which focuses on a new invasion by the demonic Burning Legion, sold 3.3 million copies on its launch day, and has seen player numbers skyrocket.

Legion, which has only been out for around a week as of today, has already thrown a number of twists into the story. For instance, Ysera, the Dragon Aspect of Nature, has been killed, along with such other well-known heroes of the game like Vol’jin, former Warchief of the Horde, Varian Wrynn, King of Stormwind and former leader of the Alliance’s armies, and Tirion Fordring, a former Silver Hand paladin and leader of the Argent Crusade.

Along with this, Illidan Stormrage has made a reappearance at the head of an army of his Illidari demon-hunters, which is a new class that came with World of Warcraft: Legion. Restricted to being either blood elves or night elves, the Demon Hunters are Illidan’s attempt to fight the Burning Legion’s armies of demons on their own terms.

With everything coming down on Azeroth at once, and with multiple big-name NPCs and characters kicking the bucket, it’s not surprising that this has been one of Blizzard’s best debuts for a new expansion: its Cataclysm and Warlords of Draenor expansions also had around 3.3 million sales at their launch.

At the same time, this also fits the pattern with what World of Warcraft has undergone before; a spike of activity at the debut of a new expansion, then several weeks down the line activity drops off again. For lifelong World of Warcraft players there’s only a little that you can do that you haven’t done before, so players normally jump on to do all of the new content, then go off and wait for the next expansion.

World of Warcraft Legion is currently available for PC and Mac OS X.