Well, that didn’t take long. To nobody’s surprise, Diablo 3 is a hit. A huge hit. The Verge, via Blizzard Entertainment, are reporting that only a week after release, there are 6.3 million people playing Diablo 3 worldwide. That’s a whole lot of people.
“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.”
“Regarding today’s announcement, we recognize that setting a new launch record is a big achievement,” Morhaime continued. “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.”
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).
Commenting on the game’s sales achievement, Bob McKenzie, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop, stated, “Diablo III was one of our biggest PC launches ever and will help make this a record year for Blizzard at GameStop.”
These numbers are even more impressive when you consider the well-publicized and criticized server issues that plagued the launch of Diablo 3. Fans were, rightfully, up-in-arms about the fact that they were unable to experience the game even in a single-player setting, due to the server issues that dropped them from games, blocked them from connecting and caused severe lag. Blizzard has been working around the clock since release and most of these issues have now been resolved.
I’m currently a level 17 Monk and just reached the beginning of ‘Act 2.’ I’m enjoying the, ahem.. hell out of my time with Diablo 3. But what about you, are you playing it? If so, what do you think of it, and were you bothered by the server issues?