Amazon Declares Diablo III Its Most Preordered PC Game Ever

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Amazon Declares Diablo III Its Most Preordered PC Game Ever

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You can probably guess which games it beat to get there.

It may be hard to believe, but we are a mere five days away from the release of Blizzard's long, long, long awaited dungeon-crawler, first announced in June 2008. People are already downloading their copies from Battle.net. And according to online mega-retailer Amazon.com, more people have preordered Diablo III than any other PC game it's ever sold.

The PC titles it surpassed to earn that lofty achievement, of course, are World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. It's probably a safe bet that the news has Blizzard's various development teams poking fun at each other over in Irvine, but then again, it's not like they're any strangers to setting PC sales records, either.

It would be interesting to know hard, concrete numbers for this sort of thing, or how D3 preorders compare to that of the record-setting Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops II. Of course, the Call of Duty series is available on three platforms, which might skew the results a bit.

This is, of course, only counting Amazon.com's numbers. It doesn't include anyone who buys the game via physical retail, orders it on Battle.net, or the WoW players who are getting the game free. It's a safe bet that come May 15th, anyone looking to tackle the evils of the Burning Hells won't be alone.

And now we understand why the game's launch might be a little sloppy.

Holy hell guys, Diablo III is almost here. I need to start warming up my mouse-clicking finger.

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And...I still won't be getting it, partly because I have no interest in the series and mostly because my desktop is old as fuck and cannot play it. I wouldn't like to play it on my laptop.

Looks alright, like to see how it turns out, after all the hype I've been hearing.

[sigh] ....and Blizzard is rewarded for their always online DRM and real money auction house. How many companies will follow suit?

Blizzard beats pre-order record: There was no way we could have been prepared for this!

Interesting to see the first 2 posts dumping on the game slightly.

All the hype, all the fancy updates, and I just don't want to get it. I don't want to spend that money on a game that definately won't live up to expectations and just doesn't.. evoke the same emotions with me that the original did.

So I find myself agreeing with them.

Huzzah!

Which reminds me, I need to buy a new mouse since mine is kinda crappy and probably won't last very long from all the clicking I will be doing....

I need to hurry on that because it's almost here! :D

TizzytheTormentor:
And...I still won't be getting it, partly because I have no interest in the series and mostly because my desktop is old as fuck and cannot play it. I wouldn't like to play it on my laptop.

Looks alright, like to see how it turns out, after all the hype I've been hearing.

I have a perfectly functional PC, and I'm, like you, still not remotely interested in it; For me, I would guess the top down presentation is what breaks my immersion and changes my opinion of the game.

Also, the lore is fairly generic, and I'm not too fond of the combat.

Akichi Daikashima:

TizzytheTormentor:
And...I still won't be getting it, partly because I have no interest in the series and mostly because my desktop is old as fuck and cannot play it. I wouldn't like to play it on my laptop.

Looks alright, like to see how it turns out, after all the hype I've been hearing.

I have a perfectly functional PC, and I'm, like you, still not remotely interested in it; For me, I would guess the top down presentation is what breaks my immersion and changes my opinion of the game.

Also, the lore is fairly generic, and I'm not too fond of the combat.

It's nice to see someone complaining about Diablo 3 in a way that I haven't heard in every Diablo 3 related thread ever.

Seriously guys why do you make essentially the same comment on every one of these threads. We get it, your not getting the game (usually the always on line bit). Why keep repeating it?

I was hoping that people would take a stand against their always on DRM bullshit, but I should have known better. Hopefully it'll be good, personally I won't touch it with a ten foot pole.

Honestly, I would never have played this game originally. I'm not a big fan of top-down, loot driven shtuff.

But...like...everyone's brother's sister's landlord's pet cat is playing it. I'll be missing out skype moments with friends, it'd be a travesty

damn peer pressure!

why does it have to be "most this" or "most that," can't we all just be happy that video games are doing well instead of feeling like we should be peer pressured into buying it because everyone else has?

Eh, give me some reviews first. Not on board the hype train at all.

Great, I'm one of the people who preorder it from that site. What? it was the cheapest website that is selling it (I was looking at HMV, Play, Shopto, Zavvi and Thehut).

GeorgW:
I was hoping that people would take a stand against their always on DRM bullshit, but I should have known better. Hopefully it'll be good, personally I won't touch it with a ten foot pole.

The only realistic hope to have is that people (by and large, don't get your panties in a bunch) will show slight discomfort when Blizzard decides to put things up their asses. But that's only slightly realistic.

Gah, these sorts of news kill me, even though they're not unexpected. Makes me feel hopeless and dead inside.

Personally, I played the beta, and didn't like it, which is strange, as I usually love the top down loot driven RPGs (titan quest being a favorite), but I just didn't like Diablo 3... Seems I'm going to be the odd one out among my friends.

I really needed it after playing ME3. Should be good. Amazon will deliver it soon I hope.

Hm... this is surprising.... i mean when i played the open beta of Diablo 3, i was so massively disappointed with it.

I mean, yeah surely it will sell well. But really?

Yeah. Count me among those who who won't be sailing the diabolical seas to carpal tunnel island. I'm not trying to be a buzzkill but I find it interesting how many commenters are so patently unimpressed considering the pedestal this franchise has held for so long. It will undoubtedly be highly polished and supremely addictive. Personally I think it's attractive, if somewhat typical (having a distinct, cohesive art-style is one thing but not all your games need to resemble one another) and I'm sure the whole auction house business will be incredibly successful.

Basically Blizzard haven't taken a single false step in releasing a game that will surely rake in bazillions in long-term profit.

And yet why does it seem kind of stale and cynical? Less lovingly, hand-crafted art polished to a sheen and more smooth, sterile plastic, measured and molded with mathematical precision to probe emotional buttons.

Don't know really, but it's more an emotional response for me than the accumulation of specific wrongs. Perhaps 5 years is just too long for the hype (I was really looking forward to this game) to be maintained. The result just can't justify the development time for me, nor the build up, and ultimately strikes me as curiously lifeless. The always online palava and the real money auction house only put a couple of names to my general unease. Anyone else feeling this?

I'll play it first and then decide. I did pre-order it because I enjoyed the first two a lot and want to experience the new one.

I don't care too much about the auction house - its a feature I will, most likely, completely ignore (unless I stumble upon some loot that is in high demand - maybe I'll consider selling it). But the "always online" thing is a bit annoying (although if I'm ever offline at home it will probably mean the power is down as well so it should bother me too much).

Either way I'm keen to get started as a demon hunter and take down hell's minions once again.

GeorgW:
I was hoping that people would take a stand against their always on DRM bullshit, but I should have known better. Hopefully it'll be good, personally I won't touch it with a ten foot pole.

People "taking a stand" against DRM are hilarious. It's an online game, therefore it requires a connection. SHOCKING!

Should it have an offline mode as well? Probably. Is it the end of the world "Oh my God this changes my opinion of the game entirely" sort of issue? Not even close.

I'm interested in the game despite the online DRM and cash shop (neither of which should affect me too much, as I always have an internet connection and I don't plan on touching the cash shop), but I think I'll wait for it to come out and get reviewed first.

Blizzard usually makes good games though, so I'm sure it'll turn out well.

MetallicaRulez0:

People "taking a stand" against DRM are hilarious. It's an online game, therefore it requires a connection. SHOCKING!

Should it have an offline mode as well? Probably. Is it the end of the world "Oh my God this changes my opinion of the game entirely" sort of issue? Not even close.

You. You feel the way I do. Let's create a bonfire and dance around it and spit on people who don't feel the same way!

. . .I don't know where that came from. Anyway, I don't get why this is such a big deal but companies steadfastly refusing to heed the call of security experts to beef up the places where they store things like, you know, personal information and credit card numbers goes off like a shameful . . .er, I should probably stop there.

And don't get me started on facebook, which. . .hm, yeah.

My biggest issue with D3 is the limited party size. There are TOO MANY people I want to play with, and so few slots. With a limited time to play, it's going to get messy.

MetallicaRulez0:
People "taking a stand" against DRM are hilarious. It's an online game, therefore it requires a connection. SHOCKING!

Should it have an offline mode as well? Probably. Is it the end of the world "Oh my God this changes my opinion of the game entirely" sort of issue? Not even close.

It requires a connection because Blizzard wants to control their customers more, for whatever reasons. There's nothing that makes it any more of an "online game" than D2 was on any significant level. Maybe it's shocking because there isn't anything that screams "online only"? Where the hell do you think the outrage came from, butthurt pirates?

It may not be an issue for you. But for everyone who:
A) Doesn't have a stable internet;
B) Lives in shitty (as far as this issue goes) places like Australia;
C) Wants to play outside of the comfort of their house;
this is potentially an issue, and potentially a big one.

Now I've said this before numerous times. You're not obliged to be outraged at the DRM, hell, you're not even obliged to care about other people having problems with it. But don't marginalize the issue just because it doesn't affect you.

UnderGlass:
Yeah.

Yeah me too. I love Diablo and I've essentially been waiting for this game for a decade now and you just can't maintain or live up to that kind of hype. My friend confirmed my fears when he played the Beta. He said Character creation seemed to be scaled back...no idea why they would go for that in a game like Diablo.

It seems a little lifeless to me aswell, not sure why. Art style is just...underwhelming I guess.

MetallicaRulez0:

GeorgW:
I was hoping that people would take a stand against their always on DRM bullshit, but I should have known better. Hopefully it'll be good, personally I won't touch it with a ten foot pole.

People "taking a stand" against DRM are hilarious. It's an online game, therefore it requires a connection. SHOCKING!

Should it have an offline mode as well? Probably. Is it the end of the world "Oh my God this changes my opinion of the game entirely" sort of issue? Not even close.

Well, there are other things I don't like about the game from what I've seen, the DRM is just the worst. The thing is, with this DRM there arise a whole lot of trouble, such as no mods or maps, which was a big part of Diablo 2. To add to that my and many other's internet connection isn't all that stable, which of course makes the game pretty much unplayable. So yeah, it's a big deal.

Hammeroj:

MetallicaRulez0:
People "taking a stand" against DRM are hilarious. It's an online game, therefore it requires a connection. SHOCKING!

Should it have an offline mode as well? Probably. Is it the end of the world "Oh my God this changes my opinion of the game entirely" sort of issue? Not even close.

It requires a connection because Blizzard wants to control their customers more, for whatever reasons. There's nothing that makes it any more of an "online game" than D2 was on any significant level. Maybe it's shocking because there isn't anything that screams "online only"? Where the hell do you think the outrage came from, butthurt pirates?

It may not be an issue for you. But for everyone who:
A) Doesn't have a stable internet;
B) Lives in shitty (as far as this issue goes) places like Australia;
C) Wants to play outside of the comfort of their house;
this is potentially an issue, and potentially a big one.

Now I've said this before numerous times. You're not obliged to be outraged at the DRM, hell, you're not even obliged to care about other people having problems with it. But don't marginalize the issue just because it doesn't affect you.

Whatever reasons? Wanting to create a more stable and secure environment is the reason. Not every company is out to diabolically control their users.

Do I go old school and roll a barbarian first? Or give a monk a shot? Decisions, decisions.

Didn't like the D3 demo much at all with the virtually game-breaking teleporting enemies and lag, that was.easily the biggest deal breaker for me.

Not surprised this is the biggest pre-order for Amazon though, it's not on Steam after all and was the cheapest outlet excluding supermarkets.

freakonaleash:

Hammeroj:

MetallicaRulez0:
People "taking a stand" against DRM are hilarious. It's an online game, therefore it requires a connection. SHOCKING!

Should it have an offline mode as well? Probably. Is it the end of the world "Oh my God this changes my opinion of the game entirely" sort of issue? Not even close.

It requires a connection because Blizzard wants to control their customers more, for whatever reasons. There's nothing that makes it any more of an "online game" than D2 was on any significant level. Maybe it's shocking because there isn't anything that screams "online only"? Where the hell do you think the outrage came from, butthurt pirates?

It may not be an issue for you. But for everyone who:
A) Doesn't have a stable internet;
B) Lives in shitty (as far as this issue goes) places like Australia;
C) Wants to play outside of the comfort of their house;
this is potentially an issue, and potentially a big one.

Now I've said this before numerous times. You're not obliged to be outraged at the DRM, hell, you're not even obliged to care about other people having problems with it. But don't marginalize the issue just because it doesn't affect you.

Whatever reasons? Wanting to create a more stable and secure environment is the reason. Not every company is out to diabolically control their users.

But this is Activision we are talking about, of course they want to control their users.

Mr.Amakir:

freakonaleash:

Hammeroj:
It requires a connection because Blizzard wants to control their customers more, for whatever reasons. There's nothing that makes it any more of an "online game" than D2 was on any significant level. Maybe it's shocking because there isn't anything that screams "online only"? Where the hell do you think the outrage came from, butthurt pirates?

It may not be an issue for you. But for everyone who:
A) Doesn't have a stable internet;
B) Lives in shitty (as far as this issue goes) places like Australia;
C) Wants to play outside of the comfort of their house;
this is potentially an issue, and potentially a big one.

Now I've said this before numerous times. You're not obliged to be outraged at the DRM, hell, you're not even obliged to care about other people having problems with it. But don't marginalize the issue just because it doesn't affect you.

Whatever reasons? Wanting to create a more stable and secure environment is the reason. Not every company is out to diabolically control their users.

But this is Activision we are talking about, of course they want to control their users.

No, this is is Blizzard we are talkin about.

Crono1973:
[sigh] ....and Blizzard is rewarded for their always online DRM and real money auction house. How many companies will follow suit?

Hopefully a lot, the RMAH may be the best thing that has ever happened to gamers!
Whether I make $0.00 or $20.00 a year for casually playing a video game, it's all win.

On topic, I'm extremely surprised to see this. I knew Diablo 3 was big, but I just assumed that over %50 of it's player base already got the game for free through WoW. Didn't expect Amazon to do so well off of pre-orders.

Played the beta a few hours. Left a big "mjeh" feeling after all those expectations and hype. Diablo was awesome back in the day, but dungeon crawlers like that just feel old to me now. Point and click to do everything.

All my friends are jumping on it like rabid dogs. I might get it when it's down in price. With bullshit DRM and greedy RMAH features, it's just not worth full price to me. Maybe after the summer or something...

shintakie10:

Mr.Amakir:

freakonaleash:

Whatever reasons? Wanting to create a more stable and secure environment is the reason. Not every company is out to diabolically control their users.

But this is Activision we are talking about, of course they want to control their users.

No, this is is Blizzard we are talkin about.

Blizzard/Activision. They're merged, they're one now. They're like Arthas and the Lich King. Funny when you think about it...

Snowblindblitz:
Do I go old school and roll a barbarian first? Or give a monk a shot? Decisions, decisions.

Having played in the beta, I'd say you're definitely thinking the right way to go with the melee classes. Monk and Barbarian were definitely the most satisfying to play.

UnderGlass:
Yeah. Count me among those who who won't be sailing the diabolical seas to carpal tunnel island. I'm not trying to be a buzzkill but I find it interesting how many commenters are so patently unimpressed considering the pedestal this franchise has held for so long. It will undoubtedly be highly polished and supremely addictive. Personally I think it's attractive, if somewhat typical (having a distinct, cohesive art-style is one thing but not all your games need to resemble one another) and I'm sure the whole auction house business will be incredibly successful.

Basically Blizzard haven't taken a single false step in releasing a game that will surely rake in bazillions in long-term profit.

And yet why does it seem kind of stale and cynical? Less lovingly, hand-crafted art polished to a sheen and more smooth, sterile plastic, measured and molded with mathematical precision to probe emotional buttons.

Don't know really, but it's more an emotional response for me than the accumulation of specific wrongs. Perhaps 5 years is just too long for the hype (I was really looking forward to this game) to be maintained. The result just can't justify the development time for me, nor the build up, and ultimately strikes me as curiously lifeless. The always online palava and the real money auction house only put a couple of names to my general unease. Anyone else feeling this?

YES! Almost exactly like that!

I won't be getting it. Not only does my internet randomly disconnect for days at a time, I found the closed beta (I was in it for months) to be extraordinarily laggy and severely boring.

It really saddens me the game has so many pre-orders.

TheBobmus:
Eh, give me some reviews first. Not on board the hype train at all.

Ditto, and I really enjoyed the first 2 Diablo games. Diablo III, not feeling the love. I'll wait for reviews from actual players, and not the Payola crew. If it lives up to the hype, then I'll consider it. Still looking forward to Guild Wars 2 more.

Crushing disappointment for all the good little boys and girls!

(Cynical? Moi? Well, we'll see.)

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