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NCSoft's Guild Wars Sells 6.5 Million Copies

South Korean online game publisher NCsoft revealed that Guild Wars has sold more than 6.5 million copies worldwide since the episodic action MMORPG launched five years ago.

Eric Caoili, Blogger

September 1, 2010

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South Korean online game publisher NCsoft revealed that Guild Wars has sold more than 6.5 million copies worldwide since the episodic action MMORPG launched five years ago (when the firm last shared sales figures for the title in April 2009, Guild Wars had sold 6 million units). Around half of those sales took place in Europe, the company told consumer site Joystiq. NCsoft noted that Guild Wars' largest regional audience is in Germany, where it allowed the public to play the PC MMO's upcoming sequel for the first time at last month's Gamescom. Developed by NCsoft subsidiary ArenaNet, the first Guild Wars episode released in April 2005, followed by two episodes, Factions and Nightfall, and the Eye of the North expansion. The company is currently working on Guild Wars 2 and says it intends to release the game "when it's done". While gamers must first buy a Guild Wars episode to play the game, the MMO does not require monthly subscriptions to play (users cannot access some content without buying all of the episodes). Guild Wars 2 will feature a similar subscription-less model.

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Eric Caoili

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Eric Caoili currently serves as a news editor for Gamasutra, and has helmed numerous other UBM Techweb Game Network sites all now long-dead, including GameSetWatch. He is also co-editor for beloved handheld gaming blog Tiny Cartridge, and has contributed to Joystiq, Winamp, GamePro, and 4 Color Rebellion.

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