Blizzard Entertainment, the developer of World of Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft, will host fans on Nov. 7-8, offering untold swag, big name music and first looks at some of the company’s upcoming products.
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.
Carney Williams Bates Pulliam & Bowman, PLLC, a law firm in the Central District of California, has filed the suit against the publisher on behalf of players. (It’s worth noting that no user financial data was reported taken during the attack.)
Mike Morhaime, president of the company behind titles such as World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III, announced the breach of the company’s Battle.net servers in a note to users late Thursday afternoon, urging them to change their passwords.
According to the NPD Group, overall video game sales were down 29 percent in June compared to last year ($699.8 million to $989.5 million). Hardware sales were hit hardest, tumbling a massive 45 percent, though game accessories — such as gift cards and Skylanders figurines — were up slightly.
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.