Well the numbers are all in. Apparently is seems as though Diablo III has becomes the fastest selling PC game of all time, shifting 3.5 million units in the first 24 hours of its release.
That number doesn’t include the 1.2 million who received a copy of the game for signing up to the World of Warcraft Annual Pass deal.
All up — that means 4.7 million folks were sat at the computer on launch day wondering that the hell and error 37 was.
A week into the game’s launch that number has now grown to 6.3 million. That’s more than the population of my home country Scotland. Man.
The response from Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment was celebratory, but restrained, considering the issues so many players had on launch day and beyond.
“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,” he said. “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.”