[Techtaffy Newsdesk]

Despite initial launch hiccups, more than 3.5 million copies had been sold within the first 24 hours of Diablo III‘s release, says Blizzard Entertainment. This sets an new all-time record for fastest-selling PC game. That number does not include the more than 1.2 million players who received Diablo III as part of signing up for the World of Warcraft Annual Pass promotion. Altogether, more than 4.7 million gamers around the world were poised to storm Sanctuary on day 1 of Diablo III’s release.

As of the first week of the game’s availability, that number had already grown to more than 6.3 million. The figures also do not include players in Korean Internet game rooms, where Diablo III has become the top-played game. Diablo III went live on May 15, with more than 8,000 retailers throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, among other places.

John Love (Director, Video Games, Amazon.com): Not only did Diablo III break the record for most preordered PC game of all-time on Amazon.com, but it also shattered the record for best day-one sales for any PC game ever on Amazon.com.

Diablo III continues the epic Diablo storyline, with players taking on the role of one of five heroic characters — barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk, or demon hunter — and embarking on an epic quest to save the world of Sanctuary from the corrupting forces of the Burning Hells.

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