Preorders of the new World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor have already exceeded one million copies according to Activison’s quarterly earnings call reports IGN.
Both constant and returning players eager for more World of Warcraft were able to preorder the game in early March, meaning it’s only taken two months for Warlords of Draenor to pass the one-million benchmark.
World of Warcraft has had a rather unsteady userbase over the last few years with more people leaving than coming back, though Warlords of Draenor’s announcement brought some 200,000 players back to Azeroth, putting the subscription numbers around 7.8 million.
This is an ongoing trend for the game though; every major update or expansion brings players back to Azeroth. The Cataclysm expansion sold over 3.3 million copies in its first 24 hours, and Mists of Pandaria brought subscription numbers back into the 10-million range.
Warlords of Draenor currently doesn’t have a fixed release date, though the game should be out before 2015.
Technically, if only a million people preordered this game, then 6.8 million people (the rest of World of Warcraft’s current subscription base) did not. That being said, the numbers are still impressive and it’s cool to see a game that released in 2004 still chugging along. Sure, subscription numbers fall more than they rise, but 7.8 million is a lot of people chasing the literal dragon.