Who says that PC gaming is dead? Diablo III had its share of controversy well before the game ever launched. The real-money auction house, no offline play and skill system revamps were three things that could have blown up in BlizzardÂs face, but despite that and the horrible post-launch issues that plagued the game, Diablo III has still managed to become the fastest-selling game on PC ever according to reports.
In its first 24 hours, Activision Blizzard has revealed that Diablo III sold more than 3.5 million copies and that number doesn't include copies obtained through World of Warcraft's Annual Pass deal. By the end of the first week, more than 6.3 million people were playing Diablo III worldwide, making it one of the largest PC gaming launches in history. In a statement, Blizzard boss Mike Morheim stated that he regretted the launch issues and added:
Regarding today's announcement, we recognise that setting a new launch record is a big achievement. However, we're especially proud of the gameplay feedback we've received from players worldwide. We're pleased that Diablo 3 has lived up to players' high expectations, and we're looking forward to welcoming more players into Sanctuary in the days ahead.
Updated: Added the official press release.
DIABLOÂ® III SETS PC-GAME LAUNCH RECORD
The forces of Sanctuary already stand more than 6.3-million strong and growing
IRVINE, Calif. -- May 23, 2012 -- Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that as of the first 24 hours of DiabloÂ® IIIÂs release, more than 3.5 million copies had been sold, setting the new all-time record for fastest-selling PC game.* That number does not include the more than 1.2 million players who received Diablo III as part of signing up for the World of WarcraftÂ® Annual Pass promotion. Altogether, more than 4.7 million gamers around the world were poised to storm Sanctuary on day 1 of Diablo IIIÂs release -- representing the biggest PC-game launch in history.
As of the first week of the gameÂs availability, that number had already grown to more than 6.3 million.* The above figures also do not include players in Korean Internet game rooms, where Diablo III has become the top-played game, achieving a record share of more than 39% as of May 22.Â
ÂWeÂre 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,Â said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. ÂWe 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.Â
ÂRegarding todayÂs announcement, we recognize that setting a new launch record is a big achievement,Â Morhaime continued. ÂHowever, weÂre especially proud of the gameplay feedback weÂve received from players worldwide. WeÂre pleased that Diablo III has lived up to playersÂ high expectations, and weÂre looking forward to welcoming more players into Sanctuary in the days ahead.Â
Diablo III went live on May 15, with more than 8,000 retailers throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau opening their doors to players at midnight or concurrently with the local release time in celebration of the launch. In addition to being able to buy the game at retail stores, gamers in the regions above as well as in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil are also able to purchase Diablo III digitally via the official Diablo III website (http://www.diablo3.com).
Commenting on the gameÂs sales achievement, Bob McKenzie, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop, stated, ÂDiablo III was one of our biggest PC launches ever and will help make this a record year for Blizzard at GameStop.Â
According to John Love, director of video games at Amazon.com, ÂNot only did Diablo III break the record for most preordered PC game of all-time on Amazon.com, but it also shattered the record for best day-one sales for any PC game ever on Amazon.com.Â Blizzard thanks its retail partners around the world for their support and commitment to the Diablo series.
Diablo III is available for WindowsÂ® XP/Windows VistaÂ®/WindowsÂ® 7 and MacintoshÂ® at a suggested price of $59.99 USD for both the retail DVD-ROM version and the digital version sold directly from Blizzard. The game has received a Mature rating from the ESRB.
Players in the Latin American countries listed above and in Russia will be able to purchase Diablo III at local retail locations starting June 7. Digital availability via http://www.diablo3.com for the Russian version of the game will also begin June 7. In addition to the English version, Diablo III is fully localized into Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, European Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean, and traditional Chinese.
Diablo III is the latest chapter in BlizzardÂs critically acclaimed actionÂrole-playing-game series. The game continues the epic Diablo storyline, with players taking on the role of one of five heroic characters -- barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk, or demon hunter -- and embarking on a perilous quest to save the world of Sanctuary from the corrupting forces of the Burning Hells. As players adventure through rich and varied settings, theyÂll engage in pulse-pounding combat with hordes of monsters and challenging bosses, grow in experience and ability, acquire artifacts of incredible power, and meet key characters whoÂll join them in battle or aid them in other ways. Diablo III features the intuitive interface, fast-paced action, and visceral gameplay that Diablo players have come to expect and enjoy.
Designed from the ground up to leverage the full functionality of the Battle.netÂ® platform, Diablo III also provides gamers with industry-leading matchmaking and communication tools, allowing adventurers to seamlessly join forces for cooperative play. Battle.net also provides the infrastructure for the Diablo III auction house, a feature-rich marketplace that SanctuaryÂs heroes can use to trade their hard-earned treasures. To learn more about the auction house and the other features of Diablo III, please visit the official website at http://www.diablo3.com.
With multiple games in development, Blizzard Entertainment has numerous positions currently available -- visit http://jobs.blizzard.com for more information and to learn how to apply.
* Based on internal company records and reports from key distribution partners.
About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of WarcraftÂ® and the WarcraftÂ®, StarCraftÂ®, and DiabloÂ® franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard EntertainmentÂs track record includes fourteen #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company's online-gaming service, Battle.netÂ®, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.