By now you've heard of it, or know a gamer that waited in line to purchase or oodered it before its release date--Diablo 3, the action-role-playing game series has made history.
It is the fastest-selling PC game in history. Diablo 3 sold more than 3.5 million copies in the first 24 hours after its release, according to multiple gamer sites.
On May 15, Blizzard Entertainment Inc. announced it had more than 2 million preorders, and more than 8,000 midnight launch events at retail stores worldwide so that "gamers across the planet (can) storm Sanctuary in hot pursuit of the Lord of Terror."
Diablo 3 is available by download for both Windows and Macintosh systems at a suggested price of $59.99; a special Collector's Edition is available for a suggested retail price of $99.99, and includes several extras.
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In the first week of sales, Diablo 3 sold (based on internal numbers as well as data from key distribution partners) more than 6.3 million copies of the game, according to Mashable.com.
"We're definitely thrilled that so many people around the world were excited to pick up their copy of Diablo 3 and jump in the moment it went live," said Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime, according to ComputerandVideoGames.com. "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 3 players out there have a great experience with the game moving forward, and I also want to thank them for their ongoing support."
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