Diablo 3 had over 2 million pre-orders, 8000 midnight launches

UK launch video, images, Iain Lee, people in wizard costumes.

Diablo 3 had over two million pre-orders, a record for Blizzard Entertainment.

The PC game launces today amid huge interest from players - so much so that servers are at capacity and thousands are unable to log in.

Blizzard's eye-watering pre-order figure takes into account units pre-ordered as part of the World of Warcraft Annual Pass promotion, as well as retail and digital pre-orders.

Diablo 3 is now available in shops in the US, Canada, Europe, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. It's available digitally in all of the above territories, and in Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Brazil.

There were over 8000 midnight launches across the world last night, including our own at HMV's flagship Oxford Street store. A video of the event, which showcases host Iain Lee's talents, is below. From Blizzard were lead technical artist Julian Love and senior world designer Leonard Boyarsky, who answered fan questions and signed swag. Also, some pictures of people dressed up as wizards.

Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime said: "This launch is a culmination of many years of hard work by our development team, and many years of passionate, dedicated support from gamers around the world.

"We're grateful for the enthusiasm of our players, and for the help of our beta testers in getting the game ready for release. Now that Diablo 3 is live, we hope everyone's ready to have a hellishly good time slaying demons and collecting loot in Sanctuary."

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.

Jump to comments (16)

About the author

Wesley Yin-Poole

Wesley Yin-Poole

Editor  |  wyp100

Wesley is Eurogamer's editor. He likes news, interviews, and more news. He also likes Street Fighter more than anyone can get him to shut up about it.

Related

You may also enjoy...

Square Enix bans almost 6000 players for real-money trading in Final Fantasy 14

"Players should take care to steer clear of any activity that violates the Terms of Service."

Gogeta SS4 is coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ later this week

Plus Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will receive its final DLC, Trunks: The Warrior of Hope, in "summer 2021".

Take-Two's CEO reckons we're "ready" for $70 video games

"We're here to captivate and engage consumers, and if we do that then monetisation follows.”

Digital FoundryInside Dinosaur Planet - examining Rare's recently recovered 'lost' N64 game

A closer look at the project that would become Star Fox Adventures on GameCube.

Comments (16)

Comments for this article are now closed. Thanks for taking part!

Hide low-scoring comments
Order
Threading
Eurogamer.net

Buy things with globes on them

And other lovely Eurogamer merch in our official store!

Eurogamer Merch