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Diablo III Sets PC Launch Record

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Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today 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 1 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% as of May 22.

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.
- Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment

Diablo III went live on May 15, 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 (http://www.diablo3.com). 

After previously hosting the UK launch for World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King, it’s great to have Blizzard Entertainment return to HMV Oxford Street for Diablo III, the event was a massive success on all fronts - going beyond all of our expectations - and the player response is testament once again to their dedication and commitment to Blizzard’s games.
- Ewan Pinder, head of technology and games at HMV

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 and BBFC.
Players in the Latin American countries listed above and in Russia will be able to purchase Diablo III at local retail locations starting June 7. Digital availability via http://www.diablo3.com for the Russian version of the game will also begin June 7. In addition to the English version, Diablo III is fully localized into Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, European Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean, and traditional Chinese.

You can read GameGrin.com's review of Diablo III right here: http://www.gamegrin.com/game/review/pc/diablo-3-pc-review

Kaostic | 23rd May, 2012

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