Diablo III Shatters PC Sales Records

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."


    Apparently it doesn't take into account Korea, where people pay for access to gamerooms rather than buying physical copies.

    Still, awesome sales numbers.

    I'd be playing it to, if the only place that had it wasn't EB. $89, thats just rude..

      Buy it online from bliz for $79

      Dick Smith and Big W both have it advertised for ~$60... or are they both out of stock?

      Dick Smith still has it... http://dicksmith.com.au/product/YG1075/pc-diablo-iii

        They don't - its back ordered, meaning they are out of stock too.

      I got mine from GAME for $75. One of the few GAMEs that aren't actually going out of business, lol.

        They're ALL going out of business dood.

          Not all. My local GAME is owned and operated by the owner. He's been using his own distributors and importing games etc for months now and is hoping GAME goes into liquidation so he can do whatever he wants with his store.

      I got my copy from EB bumped down to 69$ without even citing an ad or showing them on the website. Just mention JB HiFi has it cheaper and you should be fine.
      Also digital download.

        I called price match and they laughed and said no ones else has stock so they won't match it. I made them call 3 stores before they realised I knew no one else had stock, and I was just trolling.

          I pre-ordered for $55 from ozgameshop. It arrived on Tuesday.

        why dont you just get a copy online way cheaper and since ur already waiting might as well wait 7 days for shipment instead of waiting on unreliable EB 2 either call u when stocks there or sell u a over priced game . with the saving u could probs entertain urself by comverting the saving into dollars or 5 cent coins and throwing them at randoms!!!!

    Yay, Blizzard gets to continue adding to that giant pile of gold upon which they perch, surveying all below them with smug contempt.

    I bought the game. I played it for 30 odd hours but there's not a lot left to do anymore. Is 30 hours enough? Some might say so, I'm not sure myself. It didn't really live up to expectations, but it didn't suck either.

      Have you cleared inferno mode? I doubt it, people have only just began to kit it with wizards and I further doubt you beat it in hardcore mode. So no you haven't finished the game and considering the real money auction house isn't out you also haven't used all the remaining content. The same things were said about D2 being terrible in comparison to D1 and as a hardcore player of D2 I can say D3 is already offering more things to do and will be more so when further updates are released (PVP). D2 only seemed longer due to level grind but content wise you can beat hell in D2 a lot faster then D3 and inferno mode.... No one has cleared it properly.

        It's repeatable content though. And the RMAH won't make things better, it'll just make pay to win viable.

      30 hours in a week and it didn't live up to expectations? Maybe your expectations were a little high.

      I've done upwards of 35 hours myself, most of it co-op across two characters (Monk and Witch Doctor). Had a complete blast and am only just starting Nightmare mode. That's where the real game begins. Once you've had time to work out your character and get some decent loot, you can't start getting violently slaughtered by elite mobs in higher difficulties.

      It depends on what you expect out of Diablo III. If you're an RPG player that just plays through the story and looks for the next game, then yes, you're probably done with it. If you're the kind that seeks ever better items and armour for trading and running Inferno mode with a party, then no, it's not enough. It's a bit like asking if you're done with Left4Dead if you played through each campaign once.

      $2.50 an hour isn't worth your enjoyment? I've spent ~40 hours on it already, and will spend more on it. Great value for entertainment.

        Don't get me wrong, it's a great game and I'm sure it will do well for many years to come, I just said I wasn't sure if it lived up to my expectations.

        I'm mostly an MMO player, and I'm really looking forward to GW2, so D3 was only ever something to pass the time with and it did so admirably. I've just recently finished Nightmare with my Wizard but it's difficult sometimes to find decent groups. A lot of the time I join games only have people leave almost immediatly or are completely AFK.

    ....and people were saying that PC gaming was dying!

      And now people will start saying consoles are dying. Oh wait, they already have.

      It's ridiculus. And someone always comes out saying that mobile gaming is the future, even though mobiles will never match PCs and the next gen of consoles, not to mention the issues of ergonomic design, battery life, level of control, etc.

    Pretty impressive. Even some of my mates who haven't played games since highschool are jumping back in

    Now it's released, it's time for them to break every class, hooray!

      Didn't the Tuesday patch break Wizards?

        And Demon Hunters and Monks (more than they were)

    The games industry is so weird...

    Didn't we have broken records like just a few months to a year ago?

      I think it has been pretty much all of the WoW expansions that keep breaking fastest selling PC game records.

        Yep, all the Blizzard games have done it. WoW, Starcraft II & now Diablo III

    Sigh great game; but still getting crazy lag at times and rondom disconnections from my game...

    Can't wait to get home and sink another 6 hours of my life into it. Darn you work.

    Want to play MOAR

    Thus ensuring Always Online single player games from now on with increased annoyance and far less gaming satisfaction....

    *slow clap* great job there gaming community.

    Awesome news for PC gaming! I never got into Diablo before, gave it a try this time around, I can see the appeal.

    What I don't like though, is that it tells game publishers that it is perfectly okay to have always-on DRM for single player. Especially when there's lag.

    "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."

    I know a lot of gamers, and none of them agrees with this. Mostly because their high expectations included such things as "offline single player" or "even possible to play the game when they wanted to" - I know, it's simply not possible to please these crazy folks. What, next they'll be saying they want LAN.

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