Well, they’ve done it again; Diablo III‘s release last week marks the biggest launch any PC game has ever had.
According to Blizzard’s internal estimates and figures from their retail buds, the game sold 3.5 million copies within its first 24 hours. This does not include the 1.2 million copies WoW‘s Annual Pass subscribers were given. Put the two together though and you have the biggest PC launch of all time.
After week one, 6.3 million were owners of the full game.
Here’s a bit from Mike Morhaime, Blizzard co-founder and CEO: “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.”