'Diablo III' sets PC launch record
Blizzard Entertainment have announced that as of the first 24 hours of 'Diablo III's 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 Warcraft' Annual Pass promotion. Altogether, more than 4.7 million gamers around the world were poised to storm Sanctuary on day one of 'Diablo III's release - representing the biggest PC-game launch in history.
As of the first week of the game's 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 percent as of 22 May 2012.
"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' went live on 15 May 2012, 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.
'Diablo III' is available for Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7 and Macintosh for both the retail DVD-ROM version and the digital version sold directly from Blizzard. 'Diablo III' has received a 16+ rating from PEGI.
'Diablo III' is the latest chapter in Blizzard's critically acclaimed action–role-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, they'll 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 who'll 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.net 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 Sanctuary's heroes can use to trade their hard-earned treasures.
Date Posted : 24 May 2012