Guild Wars Tops 5 Million Unit Mark


NCsoft and ArenaNet are pleased to announced that the Guild Wars franchise has sold over 5 million units in North America, Europe, and Asia. Reaching this benchmark after just three years is something celebrate.

“Reaching five million mark is extremely gratifying for us at ArenaNet because it shows the hard work and dedication we put into our games has resonated with the fans,” said Mike O’Brien, co-founder of ArenaNet. “We are totally committed to supporting all of our Guild Wars players, and at the same time, we’re extremely excited to work on the game‘s evolution. Certainly the future of Guild Wars is as bright as its past and present.”

The series consists of the original Guild Wars followed by expansions Factions and Nightfall and the sequel to the original Eye of the North. The companies are currently working on Guild Wars 2, which will be a more traditional MMO.

Personally, I like Guild Wars because of the current format. You purchase the game and play all you want. You can solo with an NPC party or adventure with a party of online friends. Our group plays LAN style bringing three or more computers into the same room. It’s no surprise to me that this series has done so well in such a short period of time.

via Press Release

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10 Comments on Guild Wars Tops 5 Million Unit Mark


On February 26, 2008 at 4:27 pm

I was a big fan of Guild Wars for quite a while, so I’m glad to see it’s continuing to do well. It definitely is an interesting model for an MMO-esque game, but in the end (after two years of playing) a lack of an auction house and any real persistence had me forking money over for WoW and LotRO.


On February 26, 2008 at 4:37 pm

I’ve had guild wars since a little while after it came out and I still play it regularly. People say Oh well the level cap is 20 that’s no fun. Well the game isn’t about leveling up. The game doesn’t even get good until you hit 20. I have Prophecies, Nightfall, and Eye of the north and all are very good.


On February 26, 2008 at 4:44 pm

How in-depth is it? Would I like it if I liked Hellgate, Dungeon Siege, Baldur’s Gate II or Morrowind?

Do players sophisticatedly use ingame chat or do they all n00b style:

“how can i get more gold or xp [system references are bad] so i can levels?”


On February 26, 2008 at 5:04 pm

I play EverQuest on a regular basis. Is Guild Wars anything like it? If so, I would be interested in trying something new out. I know about WoW but what others do any of you recommend?



On February 26, 2008 at 6:21 pm

I’m pretty sure that if you head over to you can get a trial of the game so you guys can try it out.

Hellgate isn’t actually a terrible comparison in terms of structure, but GW is a far superior game in my opinion.

Jason, the main difference between Guild Wars and your average MMORPG is that GW is almost entirely made up of instances rather that a large persistent world. Towns and cities, however, get all the players together for party formation, trading, etc.


On February 26, 2008 at 6:36 pm

I’ve played GW since day 1 and I’ll still play it a while from now, I do take a few weeks break now and again though, the lack of any real grind (it’s optional if you want the good gear but un-need to progress) in order to reach the level cap, this is a good thing compared to WoW where it’s basically a constant grind from level 1 all the way up.

I play with friends via Ventrilo and it makes playing it more fun than with a public group as you can actually communicate properly.

I keep hearing about how WoW is all about having the top tier gear and who can spam their macros fastest, Guild Wars only lets you have up to 8 skills at any one time, you can only swap skills in the towns and outposts, this promotes actual skill and thought, PvP is organised and uses even teams in an arena style environment, stopping the idiots from one faction camping around areas with lowbies and killing them.

The game actually has a full story fleshed out with cut-scenes and voice acting, not many MMOs have something like that.

And with it being free to play, it won’t eat into your wallet if you enjoy it and play a lot, the only thing that costs money is the 3 campaigns and the expansion although there are a few optional upgrades they offer little to no advantage over others.


On February 26, 2008 at 6:39 pm

Oh, Fileplanet has a couple of trials, one for subscribers letting you sample all 3 campaigns and one for free users that lets you sample Factions I think(or Prophecies, one of the two)


On February 26, 2008 at 7:15 pm

5 million isnt a shabby number at all, especially considering what its up against and how little they spend on advertising.


On February 27, 2008 at 1:15 am

Honestly i thought Guild Wars was one of the lamest games i’ve played this decade.


On February 27, 2008 at 2:19 am

Did you not play halo 3?