Diablo III Has Sold 14 Million Copies

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Diablo III Has Sold 14 Million Copies

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Blizzard is understandably very happy with how well the game has preformed.

We all knew Diablo III has been an amazing success for Blizzard, but now the gaming giant has revealed just how massive it has been. "We're pleased with the response to the game's launch on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360," said Blizzard's Mike Morhaime. "Lifetime sell-through of the game across all platforms has reached over 14 million copies, and reviews have been very positive about how the game plays on console."

While Diablo III was the fastest selling PC game of all time, and was met with generally positive reviews, it did see some backlash from the dedicated fanbase, in particular, over the inclusion of the Real Money Auction House.

However, Blizzard attributes part of the success of the console version of the game to the decision to remove the Auction House entirely. The abandonment of the auction house helped to create a "more fun and satisfying game experience" that the game's players "responded very positively to," said Morhaime. The feedback had been so overwhelmingly positive, that the company will also remove the Auction House from the PC version of the game early next year.

Now, Blizzard is working on Diablo III's first expansion pack: Reaper of Souls, which is due out for the PC and PS4 in early 2014, with Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PS3 versions to presumably follow some time later.

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Steven Bogos:
However, Blizzard attributes part of the success of the console version of the game to the decision to remove the Auction House entirely. The abandonment of the auction house helped to create a "more fun and satisfying game experience" that the game's players "responded very positively to," said Morhaime. The feedback had been so overwhelmingly positive, that the company will also remove the Auction House from the PC version of the game early next year.

Say what you want about the game itself, but I give them at least some credit for acknowledging that the players were right and that the Auction House was a mistake.

Now if only they'd acknowledge that it was a bad idea to force players to play the game via online connection, they'd really be starting in the right direction.

Problem is, they may already be too late to win over some folks. Torchlight 2 stole some of their players, and Path of Exile is likely doing the same. Still, 14 million sales is nothing to sneeze at.

Blizzard. Ugh.

I wasn't going to purchase the new WoW expansion, but now I'm going to make a special effort to convince all my friends to avoid it as well. I'd like to take away from their sales in at least a tiny way. They feel more like a soulless money machine than gaming company lately. Taking Diablo and turning it into an auction house/bank for themselves was the final straw.

Maiev Shadowsong:
Blizzard. Ugh.

I wasn't going to purchase the new WoW expansion, but now I'm going to make a special effort to convince all my friends to avoid it as well. I'd like to take away from their sales in at least a tiny way. They feel more like a soulless money machine than gaming company lately. Taking Diablo and turning it into an auction house/bank for themselves was the final straw.

Except no one was ever forced to use even the gold auction house, much less the RM one. What's Blizz done to you that you feel you have to actively campaign against them? Just don't buy the expansion and be done with it.

I had a huge case of buyers remorse about a week after release, alas, refund was impossible. All in all, I've played for about a month, and only recently installed it again. After 18 month out of about 50 people on my ingame friendlist only 1 still played D3, others have last played more than 3 months before. I think more people play D2 now, than D3.

I suddenly feel really bad for about 14 million people.

The real question is how many will pony up for the expansion?

Its all very well claiming that you've sold X number of copies, but how much goodwill did you burn through and how many of those customers will buy any produt from you again?

And with other companies like Runic and Crate Entertainment begining to nip at your heels will those sales matter in the long run?

Maiev Shadowsong:
They feel more like a soulless money machine than gaming company lately.

Well, they were consumed by the festering, hell-bile of Activision. That probably had something to do with it.

The sad part is that 10-12 of that is PC sales. Which means consoles, with a combined market of 160 million people is estimates are to be believed, only bought 2 million. 4 million tops.

I am amazed they didn't call the console versions failures, because we all know publishers say games have to sell at least 6+ million on consoles to be considered a success

CriticalMiss:

Maiev Shadowsong:
They feel more like a soulless money machine than gaming company lately.

Well, they were consumed by the festering, hell-bile of Activision. That probably had something to do with it.

Festering hell-bile? Go on, tell us what you really think of Activision :P

Ultratwinkie:
The sad part is that 10-12 of that is PC sales. Which means consoles, with a combined market of 160 million people is estimates are to be believed, only bought 2 million. 4 million tops.

I am amazed they didn't call the console versions failures, because we all know publishers say games have to sell at least 6+ million on consoles to be considered a success

I was about to point this out too. Though, considering that they had to put relatively little work in than if they had no PC template to start with, that's not bad profit-wise.

Diablo 3's expansion looks really good and with Auction House going I see good things for its future.

Maiev Shadowsong:
Blizzard. Ugh.
I wasn't going to purchase the new WoW expansion, but now I'm going to make a special effort to convince all my friends to avoid it as well.

Attempting to push your agenda on others, that must be fun.

If they remove always-on they can count me in as a customer. Until then I'm perfectly happy with Torchlight 2.

I didn't play either Diablo or Diablo 2. Never played WoW or Warcraft or Starcraft. None of the games appealed to me and I was positively neutral when it came to Blizzard. Then my buddy who loved Diablo 2 convinced me to buy the Diablo 3 for sixty bucks because all my other friends were getting it. I think I played for about five hours before deciding it wasn't for me. And everyone else who bought it didn't last much longer than me. I won't say anything bad about Blizzard but their one chance to hook me was not a success.

P.S. That friend also got me to play The Old Republic for about two weeks before I decided what I knew all along: I hate mumorpugers.

Ultratwinkie:
The sad part is that 10-12 of that is PC sales. Which means consoles, with a combined market of 160 million people is estimates are to be believed, only bought 2 million. 4 million tops.

I am amazed they didn't call the console versions failures, because we all know publishers say games have to sell at least 6+ million on consoles to be considered a success

and a large chunk of those 10-12 million also came from the people who got tossed a copy for buying a years subscription for WoW.

Clive Howlitzer:
I suddenly feel really bad for about 14 million people.

I kinda laughed at them for buying into it at launch and getting fucked by the servers, but now I just feel sad for them.

I would have bought Diablo 3 if it hadnt been always online, but now even if they made it offline it would be too little too late.

jackpipsam:
Diablo 3's expansion looks really good and with Auction House going I see good things for its future.

Maiev Shadowsong:
Blizzard. Ugh.
I wasn't going to purchase the new WoW expansion, but now I'm going to make a special effort to convince all my friends to avoid it as well.

Attempting to push your agenda on others, that must be fun.

Telling people a company is good and you should buy their stuff: sharing opinion.

Telling people a company is shite and you should avoid their content: "pushing your agenda on others".

Your post makes me giggle.

That is an obscene amount of sales for a game that received so much internet hate. Goodness me.

I'm amazed.

D'oh well, I mean I suppose it's good that people are spending money in this economy.

Edit: I guess I shouldn't have been amazed. I checked the wiki link in the OP, and wow. 6 million sales in the first week. I did not know that.

Caiphus:
That is an obscene amount of sales for a game that received so much internet hate. Goodness me.

I'm amazed.

D'oh well, I mean I suppose it's good that people are spending money in this economy.

Edit: I guess I shouldn't have been amazed. I checked the wiki link in the OP, and wow. 6 million sales in the first week. I did not know that.

Ever heard of the term "vocal minority?" The critical reception surrounding the game was overwhelmingly positive, and I would gather for every one "worst waste of $60 ever" guy out there, there are a thousand who enjoyed the game (myself included)

Steven Bogos:

Ever heard of the term "vocal minority?" The critical reception surrounding the game was overwhelmingly positive, and I would gather for every one "worst waste of $60 ever" guy out there, there are a thousand who enjoyed the game (myself included)

I guess it didn't seem like the vocal minority at the time. I remember it being on the same sort of level as the SimCity kerfuffle.

But yeah, a ton of my friends in England bought it, with generally positive opinions. I was put off since my internet is shite* and cuts out periodically.

Glad you enjoyed it though, by all means.

*By shite, I mean it's cut out twice this evening for 5-10 minutes at a time. This is considerably worse than average, but I just cbf'd dealing with that silliness.

Maiev Shadowsong:
Blizzard. Ugh.

I wasn't going to purchase the new WoW expansion, but now I'm going to make a special effort to convince all my friends to avoid it as well. I'd like to take away from their sales in at least a tiny way. They feel more like a soulless money machine than gaming company lately. Taking Diablo and turning it into an auction house/bank for themselves was the final straw.

Blizzard still takes the second place in the AAA industry over the least soulless companies out there, only second to Valve.

I don't get how them trying to fix some of the problems related to their previous title makes them money grabbing. Both the online drm and auction house was a combined effort at stopping people from hacking and duping items, which we all agree was a rampant issue in Diablo II. They failed, they acknowledged it, and they're removing the feature..albeit being a bit late in my opinion. Good luck getting EA to do that with any of their games. They usually rather see their games fail than read community feedback and improve upon them.

If any company in this industry is worthy of "getting your money", Blizzard is one of them. If you don't want to buy the next WoW game, thats completely understandable. I'm not either. I'm sick and tired of that game. But I'm not going to run around yelling to everyone on the street about how soulless the company is.

Played it in the Beta, decided it wasn't for me and went back to Diablo 2. Now it's on console I'm quite tempted to get it though. I think it's definitely the sort of thing that me and a friend could have a good laugh completing on Co-op.
I just want Warcraft 4 though really.

Excludos:

Maiev Shadowsong:
Blizzard. Ugh.

I wasn't going to purchase the new WoW expansion, but now I'm going to make a special effort to convince all my friends to avoid it as well. I'd like to take away from their sales in at least a tiny way. They feel more like a soulless money machine than gaming company lately. Taking Diablo and turning it into an auction house/bank for themselves was the final straw.

Blizzard still takes the second place in the AAA industry over the least soulless companies out there, only second to Valve.

I don't get how them trying to fix some of the problems related to their previous title makes them money grabbing. Both the online drm and auction house was a combined effort at stopping people from hacking and duping items, which we all agree was a rampant issue in Diablo II. They failed, they acknowledged it, and they're removing the feature..albeit being a bit late in my opinion. Good luck getting EA to do that with any of their games. They usually rather see their games fail than read community feedback and improve upon them.

If any company in this industry is worthy of "getting your money", Blizzard is one of them. If you don't want to buy the next WoW game, thats completely understandable. I'm not either. I'm sick and tired of that game. But I'm not going to run around yelling to everyone on the street about how soulless the company is.

I won't say Blizzard is soulless, they are......lazy.

WoW has spoilt them. A steady flow of cash from a franchise that is functionally immortal has made them possibly reduce the amount of effort they put on other projects. Lets be very frank, Diablo 3 could have been a lot better than it was. But with Blizzard comfortable in the embrace of the WoW safety net, they just went, eh sod it.

I've played WoW for a fair amount of time. But I utterly gave up on the release of sodding Panda Island. Is there any reason to it? Any plot? Nah, just lol yeah i think it'll be fun to go there.

The next expack.....warlords of whatsit? Involving Gromm time travelling? Yeah. Fuck that nonsense.

I won't say Blizzard is on the same level as EA or anything, but I dare say Blizzard has lost a significant amount of the drive and vision that makes them a great company.

Shadowsetzer:

Maiev Shadowsong:
Blizzard. Ugh.

I wasn't going to purchase the new WoW expansion, but now I'm going to make a special effort to convince all my friends to avoid it as well. I'd like to take away from their sales in at least a tiny way. They feel more like a soulless money machine than gaming company lately. Taking Diablo and turning it into an auction house/bank for themselves was the final straw.

Except no one was ever forced to use even the gold auction house, much less the RM one. What's Blizz done to you that you feel you have to actively campaign against them? Just don't buy the expansion and be done with it.

Not sure how much you know about how the AH works, but read up on it. We might not be forced to use it, but the items on the AH affected the item drops in game. So even if you never entered the AH, your game experience was lessened because of it.

It was NOTHING but a sickening money grab. The extreme lack of good gear in the game made gearing up a joke, and if you wanted to progress you could either put in 100000000000 hours to MAYBE get an item you needed that MAYBE rolled the stats you needed in MAYBE the right amount. Awful, awful design.

tzimize:

It was NOTHING but a sickening money grab. The extreme lack of good gear in the game made gearing up a joke, and if you wanted to progress you could either put in 100000000000 hours to MAYBE get an item you needed that MAYBE rolled the stats you needed in MAYBE the right amount. Awful, awful design.

That was true for the first week or so (if that), then they buffed the drop rates so insanely the game just fucking vomits good loot (I once went through 3 different weapons in 5 minutes because better ones kept dropping), and Loot 2.0 isn't even out yet.

And that's if we decide that the "I can't beat the game, it must be P2W and nothing at all to do with the fact that I can't use 2 buttons and breathe at the same time." crowd needs to be listened to instead of stamped on.

Steven Bogos:

Caiphus:
That is an obscene amount of sales for a game that received so much internet hate. Goodness me.

I'm amazed.

D'oh well, I mean I suppose it's good that people are spending money in this economy.

Edit: I guess I shouldn't have been amazed. I checked the wiki link in the OP, and wow. 6 million sales in the first week. I did not know that.

Ever heard of the term "vocal minority?" The critical reception surrounding the game was overwhelmingly positive, and I would gather for every one "worst waste of $60 ever" guy out there, there are a thousand who enjoyed the game (myself included)

Ever heard of free game with WoW subscription? Considering wow had about 11 million subs back then its not exactly a wild guess where most of the sales came from. And it even kept the awful cataclysm expansion from turning into a subscription freefall as it was threatening to do.

Maiev Shadowsong:

jackpipsam:
Diablo 3's expansion looks really good and with Auction House going I see good things for its future.

Maiev Shadowsong:
Blizzard. Ugh.
I wasn't going to purchase the new WoW expansion, but now I'm going to make a special effort to convince all my friends to avoid it as well.

Attempting to push your agenda on others, that must be fun.

Telling people a company is good and you should buy their stuff: sharing opinion.

Telling people a company is shite and you should avoid their content: "pushing your agenda on others".

Your post makes me giggle.

You're trying to force others to stay away from something they may enjoy because of your own personal opinions of the company.

A lot of people on the D3 forums point to these figures as proof that Diablo 3 is a complete failure.

It's known that over 12 million sales were made in the first month. This means that fewer than 2 million copies have sold on PC, Xbox, PS3 combined over the span of 16+ months. Given that almost everyone initially bought this off the strength of the Diablo brand, the expansion pack is going to be a guaranteed failure. Likely shipping fewer than 1 million copies globally on all platforms.

As a Diablo 3 super fanboy I'm a little more optimistic. I think RoS, the AH removal and the patches released have substantially improved the games outlook since launch. I also believe that a good portion of people who have 'quit forever' will actually revisit the game on occasion and possibly enjoy the experience. However, having well over a year of endless terrible PR and fan hate has done permanent lasting damage to this game. Many gamers won't trust a critics review since they didn't properly convey the game at launch which led gamers to feeling betrayed.

All told...I'm predicting the expansion to ship closer to 3 million copies globally on all platforms. Just under 1 in 4 initial buyers will pick it up. Whether that's considered a success or a complete failure is a matter of opinion.

Held off buying it on PC for the myriad of reasons that everyone else has already listed, plus I was still burnt from my StarCraft 2 experience.

But I did end up picking it up for my 360 about 2 months ago, and it's hands-down some of the most fun I've had with a game in years. I'm one of those gamers for whom Diablo I and II were defining moments for me - heck, I almost failed out of college my freshman I played so much Diablo.

I never thought I'd end up loving another Blizzard game after their departure to the world of MMOs and a lack luster Starcraft, but I've never been so happy to be wrong.

Kungfu_Teddybear:

Maiev Shadowsong:

jackpipsam:
Diablo 3's expansion looks really good and with Auction House going I see good things for its future.

Attempting to push your agenda on others, that must be fun.

Telling people a company is good and you should buy their stuff: sharing opinion.

Telling people a company is shite and you should avoid their content: "pushing your agenda on others".

Your post makes me giggle.

You're trying to force others to stay away from something they may enjoy because of your own personal opinions of the company.

I find no problem with people sharing their experiences about stuff, and actively promoting the good or bad about it.
Its called capitolism.

Well, I'd love to check the source cited, but all it does is lead to a grey blank page (also owned by Themis-Media).
Journalism!

The abandonment of the auction house helped to create a "more fun and satisfying game experience" that the game's players "responded very positively to," said Morhaime. The feedback had been so overwhelmingly positive, that the company will also remove the Auction House from the PC version of the game early next year.

Wow!
It's almost as if...the conveniently dismissed "vocal minority" was absolutely right!

babinro:
A lot of people on the D3 forums point to these figures as proof that Diablo 3 is a complete failure.

It's known that over 12 million sales were made in the first month. This means that fewer than 2 million copies have sold on PC, Xbox, PS3 combined over the span of 16+ months. Given that almost everyone initially bought this off the strength of the Diablo brand, the expansion pack is going to be a guaranteed failure. Likely shipping fewer than 1 million copies globally on all platforms.

Aye.

http://diablo.somepage.com/news/1489-activision-blizzard-q4-2012-earnings-report

12 million sales by the end of Q4 (Feb 2013). At least 10 million of those were by August of 2012 according to Blizzard.
Meaning that its sales rate fell off a cliff at least within ~2.5 months of launch.

Unlike my quoted colleague, I have absolutely no faith left in the Diablo series, or Blizzard.
The Always-Online bullshit more or less rendered me unable to play their games without great tedium thanks to my shitty ISP and their local monopoly. Besides, what I've seen of D3 from others (online and first hand) I'm not missing anything except a lot of grind.

harrisonmcgiggins:

I find no problem with people sharing their experiences about stuff, and actively promoting the good or bad about it.
Its called capitolism.

A more accurate term would be "advocacy". Though I'm sure someone else can find one that's even more accurate than that.

Kungfu_Teddybear:

Maiev Shadowsong:

jackpipsam:
Diablo 3's expansion looks really good and with Auction House going I see good things for its future.

Attempting to push your agenda on others, that must be fun.

Telling people a company is good and you should buy their stuff: sharing opinion.

Telling people a company is shite and you should avoid their content: "pushing your agenda on others".

Your post makes me giggle.

You're trying to force others to stay away from something they may enjoy because of your own personal opinions of the company.

Force? I don't think you know what that word means.

Shadowsetzer:

Maiev Shadowsong:
Blizzard. Ugh.

I wasn't going to purchase the new WoW expansion, but now I'm going to make a special effort to convince all my friends to avoid it as well. I'd like to take away from their sales in at least a tiny way. They feel more like a soulless money machine than gaming company lately. Taking Diablo and turning it into an auction house/bank for themselves was the final straw.

Except no one was ever forced to use even the gold auction house, much less the RM one. What's Blizz done to you that you feel you have to actively campaign against them? Just don't buy the expansion and be done with it.

I admit that actively campaigning against Blizzard is stupid, but you can't really say they didn't force anyone to use the auction houses. Blizzard admitted they made the game worse, mostly because the loot drop system was built around the concept that people would be using the auction houses.

Maiev Shadowsong:

Kungfu_Teddybear:

Maiev Shadowsong:
Telling people a company is good and you should buy their stuff: sharing opinion.

Telling people a company is shite and you should avoid their content: "pushing your agenda on others".

Your post makes me giggle.

You're trying to force others to stay away from something they may enjoy because of your own personal opinions of the company.

Force? I don't think you know what that word means.

It's not like I literally meant you were going to physically force them, but be snide about it all you want. All I'm saying is that actively going out of your way to make people stay away from something they may enjoy, simply because of how you feel about the company, is pretty much pushing your agenda on others. Maybe you should let your friends decide for themselves if the next expansion is worth buying. You can always say you won't be buying it and why, if they agree with your views then there you go, if not then you should just leave it. I'm sure they're smart enough to figure it out for themselves.

Aeshi:

tzimize:

It was NOTHING but a sickening money grab. The extreme lack of good gear in the game made gearing up a joke, and if you wanted to progress you could either put in 100000000000 hours to MAYBE get an item you needed that MAYBE rolled the stats you needed in MAYBE the right amount. Awful, awful design.

That was true for the first week or so (if that), then they buffed the drop rates so insanely the game just fucking vomits good loot (I once went through 3 different weapons in 5 minutes because better ones kept dropping), and Loot 2.0 isn't even out yet.

And that's if we decide that the "I can't beat the game, it must be P2W and nothing at all to do with the fact that I can't use 2 buttons and breathe at the same time." crowd needs to be listened to instead of stamped on.

I'm a bit unclear on what you're saying. How much did you play? How far? I'm pretty damn sure you didnt progress through 3 different weapons in 5 minutes when you started playing on inferno/monster power levels. Before that, gear is really a non-issue because the game is so stupid easy. And honestly, diablo 3 gameplay is NOT rocket science. Its not a skill game. Your toon has few skills and few possibilities (mid combat) since you cant switch skills/strategy without a stupid break. If you got the gear, the game is a walk in the park, if you dont, its not.

Drop rates in Diablo 3 have been and still are a joke. The only reason its been a success on the console is because the loot was tweaked for no AH play. If you got the gear to farm on MP10 then its probably decent, but if you got that kinda gear....well....you havent been farming the game for it I can tell you that.

I have to wonder what percentage of those sells are gold sellers repurchasing the game for new accounts after getting banned for botting.

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