I think the initial sales curve is slower with MoP compared to earlier expansions since many had quit playing the game. They had to hear/read if MoP was any good first, before being sucked in again The true test of MoP:s greatness or not will be in the coming months..
So sold less than Cata, and pretty much all of those million will be gone by next month.
I'm not playing WoW (I find it silly that I have to say this or else be considered a fangirl) but that statement is asinine. 2.7 million is a lot, regardless of previous expansions, and there is no chance in hell they will all be gone in a month. There is content enough to sustain the playerbase for longer than that.
I can't believe how there are still people posting like this is bad news, comparing to previous expac sales. Seriously people, the MMO landscape is vaaaastly different from what it was when WoW launched and it's vastly different from when Cata launched. The fact that WoW, still a sub game in 2012, still manages to say "we have over 10 million subscribers" and sell almost 3 millions units of an expansion in its first week is something to be applauded. I think people who thinks "wow is dying" just because of those sales numbers don't know the first thing about the state of the gaming and MMO industry today.
BC was the lowest selling out the gate? That seems crazy considering how popular the game was, and for the very first expansion. Everyone I knew was absolutely buzzing about it before it was out.
Well, grats I suppose!
It was the weakest selling because back then the game had a relatively smaller playerbase. Yes it was in the millions, and thats a ton of people, but as the game got older it became more popular. Wotlk/Cata was where WoW imo became mainstream popular. BC was just the starting point that proved to people the game had something going for it. It was after the success story of BC that people started trying the game out more, hence the increase in sales, even if people don't think the later expansions were up to par with BC.
Considering the fact that there are 10M subscribers, I find 2,7M sold copies very very poor. It pretty much means that not even 1/3 of WoWs subscribers purchased MoP.
You do realise not everyone is an early adopter, right? I know a few people who will be waiting a little before buying MoP. They can already make a Panda, they have pet battles...it's new content without the new box. They don't need it right away.
First week and and of course it is declining, the basics in the game is 8 years old, GW2 and Tera and those have probably been forgotten for 5-6 years in 8 years. atleast in wow´s case it took over 6 years for it to decline, most other "wow killers"games less than a month for the decline.
I personally wouldnt blame age, the quality of the game has gone down a lot since the old devs left and started working on Titan