NCsoft is one of the world’s premier publishers and developers when it comes to MMORPGS, being the developer of the renowned Guild Wars franchise, they can officially hold their heads high this week after Guild Wars 2 take the top spot in the official charts of ten countries across Europe.
Officially released just ten days ago, Guild Wars 2 was eagerly anticipated by its legions of fans of the franchise, with over a million players logging in during the Headstart period. Media reactions have been stellar with the game receiving numerous top-mark reviews (10/10 Eurogamer.it, 5/5 FHM) and being hailed as; “easily the new benchmark for MMOs” (Empire), “redefines the MMORPG genre” (Eurogamer.es). Since its global launch the game has been flying off the shelves, with the innovative Collector’s Edition box proving extremely popular.
Guild Wars 2 now stands at number one in the official All Formats charts of the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands and Belgium – all the major territories within Europe.
“Our games have always been well-received in Europe, but this level of enthusiasm is both awesome and humbling”, said Mike O’Brien, president and co-founder of ArenaNet. “It also impresses upon us the responsibility we have to our players and explains why we’ve taken steps recently to constrain sales of Guild Wars 2 to ensure the highest quality of service. Of course, we hope to remedy this in the near future.”
But sales charts are a fickle beast, so it will be interesting to see just how long it can hold onto the crown, given that we have titles like Borderlands two coming out this month, it's going to have to hold its own against some huge multiformat releases, but while it may lose the number one spot, I hope to see this title sticking around in at least the top 20 for a good while yet.