Please support Game Informer. Print magazine subscriptions are less than $2 per issue


World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Shatters Sales Record

by Matt Miller on Jan 10, 2011 at 06:04 AM

Blizzard's latest expansion has sold a lot of copies in one month. How many? Well, more than the population of Costa Rica.

Official estimates claim that Costa Rica has a population of 4,509,392, and Blizzard says that Cataclysm has sold more than 4,700,000 copies worldwide according to a recent press release. That's a new record for PC game sales, beating the previous record set by Wrath of the Lich King.

"We created thousands of new quests, introduced new lands to explore, and extensively revamped the game world for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, making it our biggest and most ambitious expansion yet," says CEO and Blizzard co-founder Mike Morhaime. "We’ve been floored by the community's response so far, and we'd like to thank them for their continued passion and support for World of Warcraft, and for helping Cataclysm reach this incredible milestone."

There should be plenty more where that came from. Prior to the launch of Cataclysm, there were over 12 million subscribers playing WoW. That's a lot of loot for Blizzard to split up among the party.