Even with the server crashes and the intermittend service, Blizzard Entertainment’s biggest release of the year managed to break all sorts of records.
Diablo 3, the hugely-popular RPG game that follows on from the 12-year-old Diablo 2, sold 3.5 million copies in its first 24 hours available, and according to Blizzard, makes it the “fastest-selling PC game” of all time. “More than 4.7 million gamers around the world were poised to storm Sanctuary on day 1 of Diablo 3’s release,” said Blizzard CEO and cofounder Mike Morhaime.
He also apologised for the server issues, and said that they were not prepared for the huge influx. “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.”
While 3.5 million copies were sold in the first 24 hours, the game managed to rake in over 6.3 million copies at the end of the first week.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor