Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, the first expansion for the click-tastic role-playing game, has sold 2.7 million copies in its first week. And it’s proving nearly as popular with gaming voyeurs. Diablo III views on Twitch on the expansion’s launch day topped 2.4 million.
The clicktastic action role-playing game, which set a record as the fastest-selling PC game of all timewhen it launched in May of 2012, will see its first add-on with the newly announced Reaper of Souls expansion. In true Blizzard style, though, the developer didn’t give a time frame to the expansion’s release.
An 18-year old Diablo III player in Taiwan was found dead recently after a 40-hour marathon session with the game, reports the Australian Associated Press.
That’s not surprising, especially with a game that’s played as obsessively as the role-playing hit. Blizzard, though, is acknowledging that those players are right. And that’s pretty unusual.
In its most recent patch of the game, Blizzard Entertainment has capped how far players who purchase a digital copy of the game can advance in the first 72 hours. Despite inevitable protests to the contrary, it doesn’t look like the company is planning to change its mind about the decision.
The PC/Mac blockbuster Diablo III was the month’s top selling video game — even without taking in the title’s (presumably substantial) digital sales. But demand for the long-in-development action role-playing game couldn’t prop up the industry’s sales charts.
Blizzard Entertainment says the long-awaited RPG click-fest has set a record as the fastest-selling PC game of all time. Figuring out exactly how many copies the developer sold, though, gets a little complicated.
It’s been 12 years since Blizzard last released an installment of its popular Diablo franchise, but judging by the enormous demand that today’s release of Diablo III is seeing, it might as well have been yesterday.
The game unlocked at midnight Tuesday. Despite the late hour, however, players quickly overwhelmed the game’s servers, extending the pain of people who have been waiting to wear out their index fingers on the clickfest.
Blizzard Entertainment announced Thursday that the hotly anticipated hack-and-slash RPG will launch on May 15. Players who don’t want to waste a second jumping back into Tristram can pre-order a digital copy of the game from Battle.net now.
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