Diablo III fans have spoken. They’ve been waiting for this game to come out, and they came in numbers to buy it.
Diablo III sold 3.5 million copies in the first 24 hours, defeating the previous record holder, Blizzard’s own World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. But then you have to add another 1.2 million copies on top of that for the people who got a free copy of the game after signing up for a one-year subscription to World of Warcraft. Then add Korea’s wildly popular game rooms, where the game has become the most-played title with a market share of 39 percent as of yesterday (gamers there pay for access, not physical copies).
Add all of that together and you’ll find out that more than 6.3 million people had bought the game.
Blizzard was excited about the record, but made sure to note the rocky launch issues in its comments.
“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.”
With critical acclaim and box office records, it looks Diablo III is the PC game to be playing right now.