The truly remarkable thing about PC gaming in 2020 isn’t the fact that the fastest-selling PC game of all time launched earlier this year. It’s that the brand new record was then broken again less than three weeks later.
Don’t call it a comeback. PC gaming is just getting bigger and better with each passing year, and the sales numbers—and expanding options for PC gaming—reflect that.
World Of Warcraft’s Shadowlands expansion was a smash success, praised by critics and gamers alike when it launched on November 23rd, 2020. It was so hotly-anticipated that, despite WoW being 16 years old (it launched on Nov. 23rd 2004) the expansion sold 3.7 million copies on day one.
Until yesterday, this Shadowlands was the fastest-selling PC game of all time, beating out the previous record holder—also from Blizzard—Diablo III by around 200,000 units.
The interesting thing here is that the time it took to beat Diablo III’s record 3.5 million day-one sales was very nearly a decade. That game launched on PC in May of 2012. It’s taken over eight years to top it.
And then, less than three weeks later, the record was once again snagged, this time by CD Projekt RED’s Cyberpunk 2077. 8.5 years whittled down to just 18 days. That’s crazy.
Cyberpunk 2077 sold 4.72 million copies on PC on day one out of a total of 8 million. It’s released to somewhat more mixed reviews than Shadowlands, but it’s already garnered a rabid fan-base. Maybe too rabid, but that’s gaming for you.
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- In 2020, the two fastest-selling PC games of all time were released within three weeks of each other.
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