Blizzard Entertainment, Inc, celebrated today, announcing that Diablo III is the fastest selling PC game of all time.
After 24 hours, over 3.5 million copies had been sold. This isn’t counting the number of people awaiting to play the game at launch, which came to a whopping 4.7 million players! This made it the biggest launch in PC game history.
It is no wonder Blizzard had a set back on the servers causing all kinds of problems, though they obviously didn’t anticipate such a result.
The sales of Diablo® III after the first week had reached more than 6.3 million! These are huge numbers for a PC only release.
“We’re definitely thrilled that so many people around the world were excited to pick up their copy of Diablo III and jump in the moment it went live,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We also regret that our preparations were not enough to ensure everyone had a seamless experience when they did so. I want to reaffirm our commitment to make sure the millions of Diablo III players out there have a great experience with the game moving forward, and I also want to thank them for their ongoing support.”
“Regarding today’s announcement, we recognize that setting a new launch record is a big achievement,” Morhaime continued. “However, we’re especially proud of the gameplay feedback we’ve received from players worldwide. We’re pleased that Diablo III has lived up to players’ high expectations, and we’re looking forward to welcoming more players into Sanctuary in the days ahead.”
Diablo® III officially launched on May 15th 2012. It would seem retailers did expect high demand.
8000 retailers opened at midnight to welcome the fanbase; These included retailers in the U.S., Canada, Europe, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and in the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.
“After previously hosting the UK launch for World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade® and Wrath of the Lich King®, it’s great to have Blizzard Entertainment return to HMV Oxford Street for Diablo III,” said Ewan Pinder, head of technology and games at HMV. “The event was a massive success on all fronts – going beyond all of our expectations – and the player response is testament once again to their dedication and commitment to Blizzard’s games.”
More information on Diablo® III and for a digital download, go to:
The game is available on both PC and MAC, for both retail and download versions, and has been given a 16+ rating from PEGI and BBFC, and ‘M’ for Mature from ESRB.
If you happen to want Diablo® III in other languages, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc, have this covered, offering Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, European Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean, and traditional Chinese versions.
Players in the Latin American countries & Russia will be able to purchase the game locally, and online on June 7th 2012.
The game was developed from the ground up to fully utilise the Battle.net® platform. Industry leading matchmaking and communication allow for players to join forces in online co-operative play.
It also powers the auction house the game offers where you can trade treasure found in the game.
The only issue with Diablo® III that players have focussed on is the must to always be online to play; Even in Single Player modes. Moments of downtime, as experienced at start up could potentially make the game unuseable whilst the situtions are fixed, and updates are performed on the servers.
Has this affected your decision to buy and enjoy the game?