Dark fantasy-themed online RPG game, “Diablo III”, dropped last Tuesday (May 15), and gamers can’t get enough. They’re playing so much, the title is breaking records.
Blizzard Entertainment says the long-awaited RPG has set a record as the fastest-selling PC game of all time, with more than 6.3 million people buying the game in its first week.
According to Yahoo! Games, getting to that number is complicated, though.
In the first 24 hours, the game sold 3.5 million copies. Then, you have to add another 1.2 million copies on top of that for the people who got a free copy of the game after signing up for a one-year subscription to “World of Warcraft.” Also, you have to calculate Korea’s wildly popular game rooms, where the game has become the most-played title with a market share of 39 percent as of yesterday (gamers there pay for access, not physical copies).
While critics loved “Diablo III,” giving it a cumulative score of 89 on MetaCritic, it could’ve gotten a much higher if not for its well-publicized connectivity issues it has suffered.
On MetaCritic, more than 4,000 users have given the game a cumulative ranking of 4.1 out of 10, because of first day connection problems.
The developer was excited about the record, but made sure to note the rocky launch issues in its comments.
“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 co-founder 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.”
For more info, or to play yourself, visit Diablo3.com.