Blizzard Entertainment has just announced that the studio’s recently released Diablo III has effortlessly entered the record books to become the fastest-selling PC game in history, as more than 3.5 million copies of the action RPG were sold on day one.
It doesn’t stop there, though.
Thanks to Blizzard’s World of Warcraft Annual Pass promotion, 1.2 million additional gamers received Diablo III, which takes the number of players ready to dive into the game within the first 24 hours up to an incredible 4.7 million.
Now one week following the game’s release, there are a whopping 6.3 million players with a copy of Diablo III, now ready to play following the title’s unfortunate online server hiccups.
In addition, these numbers also don’t take into account people playing Diablo III in Korean Internet game rooms, where Blizzard claims that the game “has become the top-played game, achieving a record share of more than 39% as of May 22.”
Here’s the full statement from CEO and co- founder of Blizzard Entertainment, Mike Morhaime:
“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.”