After already having shattered the record for the highest number of PC-games sold in a single month in January 2007 and November 2008, when the first and second expansions to World of Warcraft were released, Activision-Blizzard announced today it has once again established a new record by selling the newly released World of Warcraft: Cataclysm more than 4.7 million times in a single month, including digital downloads. More than 3.3 million of these units were moved during the first 24 hours after the initial release.
A few weeks prior to the release of Cataclysm, Blizzard announced that the worldwide playerbase of the MMORPG had grown to more than 12 million subscribers. These recent sales figures indicate that despite this tremendous success, more than half of the current players have yet to adapt to the new expansion. However, the expansion has yet to be released in China, where the second expansion to the game, World of Wacraft: Wrath of the Lich King, was only released in August last year. At this time, no information is available on when the third expansion will be made available in China.