Diablo III sold an astonishing 3.5 million copies within the first 24 hours of availability. Another 1.2 million users received Diablo III for free as part of the World of Warcraft promotion, by activating an annual pass. On day one over 4.7 million people around the globe stormed Sanctuary. As of today the game has sold 6.3 million units worldwide and show no signs of stopping. It also helps explain all the issues that people had at launch. Think about it, 4.7 million people there on the first day, and almost another 2 million seven a few days later. Needless to say, this was completely expected given the insane volume of traffic.
Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment had the following to say about the incredible sales:
“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. 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. 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.”
For those of you who’ve already taken part in the launch, what were your experiencing? Are you enjoying the game, did you have a lot of issues? We’d also really like to hear what your initial impressions of the game are.