Blizzard Says It Delivered 4.7 Million Copies of Diablo III on Release Day

Blizzard Entertainment said this week that it sold more than 3.5 million copies of Diablo III on launch day, setting the record for fastest-selling PC game. The company also sold 1.2 million copies of the game to subscribers of the World of Warcraft Annual Pass, meaning 4.7 million copies of the game were in the hands of gamers on day one.

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There were a number of server slowdowns and issues for gamers looking to play the game on opening day and, as a result, Blizzard was very apologetic in its statement:
"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," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "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."
To cut down on cheating and piracy, Blizzard requires the Diablo III client to be connected to their servers at all times during gameplay, even during the single-player campaign.

Diablo III is available via Blizzard's website and at retail stores.

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32 months ago
Yea, I totally enjoyed being locked out of a game when I was trying to play it Single-Player.

Oh whats that? It's to stop the Pirates? In 2 weeks when they've circumvented this measure, the Pirates will be getting the better gaming experience while paying customers are dicked with this.
Rating: 28 Votes
32 months ago
I'm not happy with the requirement of a internet connection.. Also what happens 5-10 years from now? Will the servers still be around? I doubt It..

It's more like we are renting a game.. I really hope later there will be a patch for offline play..
Rating: 20 Votes
32 months ago

I'm not happy with the requirement of a internet connection.. Also what happens 5-10 years from now? Will the servers still be around? I doubt It..

It's more like we are renting a game.. I really hope later there will be a patch for offline play..


I feel the same way. I'd love to buy and play the game, but under these circumstances Diablo can remain in hell.
Rating: 14 Votes
32 months ago

I'm not happy with the requirement of a internet connection.. Also what happens 5-10 years from now? Will the servers still be around? I doubt It..

It's more like we are renting a game.. I really hope later there will be a patch for offline play..


Will the servers be around? Knowing Blizzard, yes.

The thing about having to be online and connected to a server to play though is that there's freaking lag in single player. That's unacceptable.
Rating: 12 Votes
32 months ago

I'll go to Engadget when I want to read about random tech stuff. More apple stuff less random stories.


Errr? Blizzard Entertainment is one of the few publishers which actually publishes top titles for Mac - and that on the same launch day as PCversions, not 5 years later. This game broke sales records for the first day (so did Diablo 2 by the way back then) and that also because it is for both PC and Mac. This is not a random story. If you just want to read about the latest rumors about hardware, why do you even bother posting? Troll?
Rating: 8 Votes
32 months ago

I know this is a wee bit off topic but I was wondering (since I have a wack of Diablo players in here) if someone could explain to me the multiplayer aspect of Diablo. I've been watching videos having never played WoW/Diablo 2/any MMoRPG and I just can't figure out what you do when you connect with friends in Diablo. I don't usually play these sorts of games, but I loved Skyrim so I'm considering it.


I will definitely do the honor:

In Diablo, it is very simple. You usually have an NPC fighting with you. In Diablo 3, it is first a Templar which later in the game you can exchange for a Scoundrel. Later in the game, you can also choose the Enchantress.
The moment, you choose to play an open game, other players can join. You will loose your Follower (Templar or so on) and that other person will fight with you. Up to four people can fight together. You get a system message that someone joined and that your foes got stronger or that someone left and the enemies get weaker. This happens without you having to worry about it (except you are in the middle of a fight and 3 people join - you might be toast at that point - but even that is survivable). In other words: It's easy as pie! Run to the front lines and fight side-by-side!
Alternatively to letting people join, you can join a game in your character menu by selecting to join a public game instead of starting a game.
Have to correct that: Actually, when the last friend or random player left, you are asked if you want your Follower back and you are back in business.

About the loot:
In Diablo 3, everybody has his or her own loot. That means, you open a chest or kill a foe and gold and items drop. You cannot see what drops for your mates and they cannot see yours - but if you drop something out of your inventory, other can see it and pick it up. Therefore, don't sort things by dropping stuff in a multiplayer game because people can snatch it. This system makes it easy for you to give things away to others if you don't want it.

Also: Your Treasure Chest inventory is the same accross all characters. So, in order to get a bow to your Daemon Hunter from your Monk, you just place it in your chest and log in with the other character.

Another Also: You can improve your Blacksmithing skills and Jewelcrafting skills. If you do so, they will be improved accross all your characters. So, you farm resources with your highest character and you will be good. My tip: Always demount jewels before selling/destroying items you don't want to use anymore. Can't have enough of them.

Another thing is (like skyrim) if you hack your equipment why does it matter if it only affects you..? Does it?


Not really. Since this game is clearly more made towards multiplayer and will include PVP at one time, people who cheat might ultimately be a threat to other people's game experience. As an example: If I play a sorcerer and I am one of the Damage Dealers, I don't want to feel useless because someone hacked (or altered) his Barbarian's equipment and slashes everything with two hits. Where would be the fun in that game? Where is my sense of accomplishment? I also don't want to be forced to run alone to avoid these kind of things... If that is rendered impossible with the online-only system, I am guarantied a better quality and fairness. Besides: Played through Normal difficulty with a Monk - easy as pie! Really! Diablo didn't get me below 50% health. I already realized that Nightmare, the next difficulty, is way harder and starts to be more fun. There again: I can't cheat my way through and I think it is way more rewarding.
Rating: 6 Votes
32 months ago
agree with everyone, offline play should have been standard for single player
Rating: 6 Votes
32 months ago

I'm not happy with the requirement of a internet connection.. Also what happens 5-10 years from now? Will the servers still be around? I doubt It..

It's more like we are renting a game.. I really hope later there will be a patch for offline play..


Diablo II (released in 2000) can connect to battle.net and play multi-player still, so I would assume yes.

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Will the servers be around? Knowing Blizzard, yes.

The thing about having to be online and connected to a server to play though is that there's freaking lag in single player. That's unacceptable.


Yes and lag in the middle of a heated battle = rapid player death when it catches up. :mad:

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I've read that the Diablo 1 servers are still up, so one would think Diablo 3 servers will still be up in 5-10 years. Not sure why anyone would really want to play a 10-year old game, but that's their choice!


You would be surprised at how many people were still playing D2. I started playing it again this year with my 12 year old son. It is still a very fun game, the graphics are pretty rough though/
Rating: 5 Votes
32 months ago

I've read that the Diablo 1 servers are still up, so one would think Diablo 3 servers will still be up in 5-10 years. Not sure why anyone would really want to play a 10-year old game, but that's their choice!


Because Blizzard takes forever to release sequels? That's why I was still playing StarCraft 12 years after its original release.

Also, SumoHamster is correct, Battle.net is still available, 15.5 years after its launch, for the original Diablo.

Blizzard knows how to build up a fan base*. They know that it's worth it to support a game over a decade after its release so that you'll buy all of their games and tell all of your friends (and strangers on forums,) to buy the game, too. Well, not all of their games... I'm a huge Blizzard fan, but only for their RTS games. I have Diablo II... and that's really enough of that kind of RPG for me... I vastly prefer games like Zelda when it comes to role playing adventures...

*unlike companies like EA who seem to only know how to piss players off and spend more on advertising crap than actually developing it.
Rating: 5 Votes
32 months ago
There are reasons that it's online and it's all about money.

Since they will be fully releasing the totally B.S. "Real Money" auction house, they must prevent duping and other ways of cheating otherwise it'll burn.

Since I have 0 intention of paying real money for a few pixels that add 20 life to my toon, It will never see the light of day with me.

Please Blizzard, allow us to have a D2 style, segregated off-line character that we can play with at the cottage on a rainy night.
Rating: 4 Votes

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