Guild Wars Hits Two Million
June 19, 2006 (BELLEVUE, WA) â ArenaNetÂ®, developer of the worldâs leading subscription-free online roleplaying games Guild WarsÂ® and Guild Wars Factionsâ¢, and NCsoftÂ® Corporation, the worldâs leading developer and publisher of online computer games, announce today the Guild Wars franchise has sold more than two million units worldwide to date. In further news, sales data from The NPD Group shows Guild Wars Factions as the number one selling PC game in North America for the month of May 2006.
âThe highly successful release of Guild Wars Factions has solidified the Guild Wars franchise as a mainstay with gamers,â says Bob McKenzie, Senior VP of Merchandising, GameStop, Inc. âAs a top seller for GameStop and EBGames, we watch with high interest how this property continues to make a stronghold for itself in the marketplace.â
When the first installment in this award-winning series, Guild Wars, launched in April 2005, it revolutionized online gaming and was an instant bestseller worldwide. Not to be outdone, ArenaNetâs hotly anticipated Guild Wars Factions, released April 28, 2006, was the number one game in both North America and Europe for the month of May.
âArenaNet continues to take chances in both game design and business model, and itâs great to have the fans respond so enthusiastically right out of the gate with Guild Wars Factions,â says Patrick Wyatt, co-founder of ArenaNet. âOur fans have been overwhelmingly supportive of Guild Wars, and we will continue to make the Guild Wars franchise bigger and better with each release.â
Guild Wars and Guild Wars Factions are global online roleplaying games in which players immerse themselves in a rich fantasy world, build personalized characters, compete in head-to-head battles with players from around the world, and find adventure in missions and quests. In the game that has captivated millions of players, more than 7000 guilds worldwide are currently competing in the Guild Wars Factions tournament season, the finalists of which will be flown to Leipzig, Germany in August to compete for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes. For complete tournament rules, please visit www.guildwars.com.
Guild Wars Factions is rated T for Teen.
ArenaNet, located in Bellevue, Washington, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NCsoft Corporation. ArenaNet has built a state-of-the-art interactive game network and develops premier multiplayer online games for dedicated game players. ArenaNetâs titles, Guild Wars and Guild Wars Factions, are global online roleplaying games that allow gamers to play with anyone, anytime, and anywhere in the world. More information about ArenaNet can be found at www.arena.net.
About NCsoft Corporation
NCsoft North America is headquartered in Austin, Texas and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Korea-based NCsoft Corporation. NCsoft, with its own development and publishing offices in Texas and California, also works with other NCsoft subsidiaries and third party developers throughout North America to develop and publish innovative online entertainment software products. The company has successfully launched multiple online titles in the last three years and continues to support its AAA franchises that include LineageÂ®/Lineage II, City of HeroesÂ®/City of Villainsâ¢, Guild WarsÂ®/Guild Wars Factionsâ¢ and Auto AssaultÂ®. More information about NCsoft can be found at http://www.plaync.com.