Diablo III Amazon's most preordered PC game ever

Blizzard's upcoming action RPG continues to set new records of prerelease anticipation ahead of next week's official launch.

Diablo III isn't just Blizzard's most preordered effort ever; it's also Amazon.com's most preordered PC game of all time.

Gamers are welcoming this devil's arrival with open arms (and wallets).

A representative with the online retailer told GameSpot this morning that the action role-playing game today became the site's most preordered PC game of all time, beating out previous Blizzard efforts like Starcraft II and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

The news follows yesterday's announcement by Activision Blizzard that Diablo III was the developer's most preordered title ever. However, that assessment came with a catch, as the company's preorder tally included World of Warcraft Annual Pass subscribers, who are entitled to a free copy of Diablo III through a special promotion.

Diablo III is set to launch May 15. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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VMaster3
VMaster3

Nice game! The thing that really irks me a lot is having to have an online connection to play in solo mode. I mean seriously wtf?

iamreadingboobs
iamreadingboobs

with 12 years they would have made 3 Diablos. So this is a disappointment 

Chaotic-Dreamer
Chaotic-Dreamer

I just hope there will be something like the secret cow level in D3. :P Not the same thing mind you but...something at least as awesome as that was!

E-i-N-e
E-i-N-e

Good job Blizzard!

 

666Rich666
666Rich666

I got it digital download direct from blizzard... If I didn't have a job, I would freeze myself like Cartman did for the Wii release... I haven't been this excited for a game since Dark Souls.

otgkhan
otgkhan

I would have been there adding to the stats. But I lack a powerful computer to play it right now and feels it would be injustice to the game to play it on a laptop. In a few months I guess and will stay busy with Witcher 2 on Console in the meantime.

theshewolf
theshewolf

I am wondering why this is being called an MMORPG...if anything it is an ORPG.

It isn't like WoW or SWTOR where you interact with tons of people between instances.

darkbuky
darkbuky

I've played in the Beta and beside half of what people say about the game it is not a FAILURE! The Beta was soooo limited that you could pass it in 1 hour or 2... same dongeon and repetitive stuff... BETACan we judge a game on its final release version please? They take the risk to let people play their game before it is released and all they receive in return is people saying it sucks and its too easy... O.O They broke Amazon's record on pre-ordered PC game... Fan will enjoy it and Fan comes in millions... If you plan on hating before you taste... You don't deserve to play it.

ioannisdenton
ioannisdenton

happy looting all of you.I am bored however of looting. Cant play anymore loot games.have fun though

NAPK1NS
NAPK1NS

Oh, man. I'm so freaking excited. Good for Blizzard, they've worked hard for a long time on a sequel. Instead of cranking them out every 1-2 years. 

Vodoo
Vodoo

Well if the game is being given away for FREE to World of Warcraft players, of which there are millions, of course it's gonna be the highest reserved game in pc history. People wanna make sure they get their free bonus "while supplies last." 

glbbg
glbbg

Yeah, I bet it is. As if the WoW crowd was not enough, now I've got to listen to another "My two-handed "Mighty Sword of Epic Epicity" is one damage better than yours, therefore I own you."

alenth
alenth

Overhyping diablo 3 is really bad, this kills the game. 

 

D3 is going to be for the casual crowd again, old shool veterans should not expect a huge game in terms of gameplay.

megakick
megakick

Probably better you hadn't played it b4 many say it is not like the past DIABLO.

idanielxo
idanielxo

Should I even get this game if I've never played the first two?

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Auction house will ruin it. Because offering real money will cause the in-game "gold only" prices to skyrocket. So that you will end up having to resort to real money. I doubt Blizzard will put a cap on item costs. Would be nice though if Blizzard set the market value. Worried it'll be just like DIablo II where the players created their own ridiculous currency. "Want my cool mace? That'll be 22 Stones of Jordan." Grinded my ass off in that game for probably 300+ hours and only ever had one drop twice. So I could have maybe put that towards buying a Minor Mana Potion. My solution: play like I did back when D2 got wrecked, just use the gear I find. Forget about trading. Don't bother dueling kids who borrowed their parents credit card to outfit themselves with uber gear. Did that and was able to enjoy the game, except for the few jerks that ragged on my character for being high level with appropriately leveled gear.

Aeondeity
Aeondeity

Just hope the auction house system doesn't completely ruin the economy and balance of the game.

 

Wish they wouldn't do a micro-transaction scheme..

cryingdevil63
cryingdevil63

 @iamreadingboobs Oh screw you,not happy with yearly releases (CoD),and not happy with long development releases. Some people just cannot be pleased,so stop kicking yourself in the ass and quit gaming

Tialian
Tialian

 @otgkhan D3 will run at recommended settings on your average 3-4 year old gaming machine.

theshewolf
theshewolf

 @otgkhan Have you seen the graphics? They are updated but this is still Diablo, and you won't need a powerful machine. I will be out of town when the games launches and I will be playing on my laptop.

dre256x
dre256x

 @otgkhan Powerful computer for a blizzard game?  Seriously the recommend spec aren't that high..

One thing blizz try to do when making games is try to run it on the lowest system spec...

dre256x
dre256x

 @theshewolf Or an OARPG..  As in Online Action RPG seen that it requires a persistent connection..

Bheasty
Bheasty

 @theshewolf You are correct, and Blizzard are definitely not advertising it as an MMO. However, some people who talk about it are using the term incorrectly. It is an Online game.....but most definitely not an MMO.

Chaotic-Dreamer
Chaotic-Dreamer

 @darkbuky The first hour of Diablo 2 was easier than the first hour of Diablo 3 in my opinion not that D3 was difficult mind you.

RedEyedMonster8
RedEyedMonster8

 @darkbuky I highly doubt that the people complaining "are half the people". I was in the beta and I had a blast just like 95% of the other testers. Remember that often times it's the ones who complain that speak the loudest, but that they do NOT always speak for the majority.

Tialian
Tialian

 @ioannisdenton Unlike previous Diablo games, D3 isn't all about the loot.  Really in D3 the loot is just a bonus because the simple act of playing is a great joy.

Bheasty
Bheasty

 @ioannisdenton /chuckle That narrows your list of games down to.....like.....Solitaire?

darkbuky
darkbuky

 @Vodoo

 If Blizzard give it to you after you purchased 1 year subscription, it will be a digital copy that you can download from their battle.net website and not from amazon... why would they use amazon when they have their own service?

Arangarx
Arangarx

 @Vodoo Because they're not giving it away free to World of Warcraft players.  They're giving it away to WoW players who committed to a year of wow so that they could get Diablo III for "free".  Most everyone I know who got it looked at it more like paying for D3 and getting a discount on WoW.

Jarltheafro
Jarltheafro

 @Vodoo  Don't oversimplify this! it's not being given away for free to WoW players, it's being given to WoW's Annual pass subscribers, which there are considerably less of! and as @Terkio has said, amazon has nothing to do with these annual pass subscriptions.

Terkio
Terkio

 @Vodoo The article says it's the most preordered game ON AMAZON. So what you say makes it even more surprising seeing as the millions of players that are getting it free are not going to be preordering from amazon.

darkbuky
darkbuky

 @alenthAnd you REALLY think Blizzard will make a game for familly and kids only... cmon guys... Blizzard team isn't that dumb, they are working on huge projects and I'm pretty sure most of them have a head on their shoulder. Zombies in-game.

 

Bheasty
Bheasty

 @alenth With four difficulty levels it will cater for every kind of gamer. Those who want Casual will just play Normal and maybe Nightmare difficulty. Those who are more "veteran" or "hardcore" players will push for the toughest content, the best gear, the biggest challenges that the game has to offer. There is a place for every type of gamer in Diablo 3

theshewolf
theshewolf

 @megakick I dunno about that. I have played the previous two and it is definitely still Diablo.

MasterMarr
MasterMarr

 @idanielxo Actually, yes. It'll serve as a starting point to a Diablo-style game since they simplified it to newbies. Then once Torchlight 2 comes out, you can move on to that since it'll be what D2 SHOULD have been, since you can actually have a character that ISN'T a cookie-cutter build and play the REAL Diablo 3.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

 @idanielxo I'd at least try to play the second one. You can grind through that solo in the time it would take for this game to come out. That was a great game.

soguilk
soguilk

 @crunchb3rry i do believe that the auction house is very unnecessary but then again... this game is meant to be played with friends, not with random kids that have used their parents credit card... all in all it sums out to one thing... if u dont like it, dont use it!

Arangarx
Arangarx

 @crunchb3rry Blizzard did put a cap on item costs and of course they won't set the market value.  It's an auction house, not a store.

Arangarx
Arangarx

 @Aeondeity It's not a microtransaction scheme.  You're buying the stuff from other players, not Blizzard.

otgkhan
otgkhan

 @dre256x I understand that it will work on the low end PC as well. But currently I am making do with a couple of laptops. Core i5 with  4 GB Ram etc. As I mentioned, I know the game is going to be worth it and I will savor all of the time I spend with it. Thats why I want to wait to build/buy a good enough desktop with a wide screen monitor and make the most of the time playing the game. Its not likely we will see the next Diablo anytime soon :) so this one has to be played just "perfect" in my book.

Erebus
Erebus

 @dre256x You could power this game with an electric can opener.

Bheasty
Bheasty

 @dre256x Yea, that is one thing I do like about Blizz games....they don't force you to spend tons of cash on your machine.

roadster213
roadster213

 @Tialian What the hell are you smoking? D3 is more about the loot than the previous games. Your skill damage is based on your weapon DPS now. You can't customize anything about your character other than items and runes. And there are TWO new systems in relation to ITEMS, the auction house and artisan. Stop it with the misinformation.

Arangarx
Arangarx

 @MasterMarr FYI idanielxo, they didn't simplify it to the newbies, they took out the masochistically bad systems of Diablo 2 and put in fun systems that actually allow you to customize your character.  I've played Diablo 3 (beta) and it is awesome.  Everyone I know who has played the whole thing says it will blow your mind (all 2 of them :)  ).  Don't fall in to the anti-hype some of these people put out.

 

TL2 will probably be fun as well, but aside from it having an offline mode and being cheaper than Diablo 3, it probably won't even hold a candle to it.

idanielxo
idanielxo

 @crunchb3rry I dunno, I'm pretty backlogged with other games to grind through at the moment. If anything, I'll just pre-order and when it arrives, just let it sit there for a long long while. Haha.

Aeondeity
Aeondeity

 @Arangarx  Blizzard takes a cut, $1 for every transaction; 15% from every secured transaction (Paypal).

 

Chinese gold farmers will take over the majority of the auction house, nobody will be able to compete with the items and prices; all item prices will be affected by gold farmers doing real world trading.

 

Simple put: 20 chinese gold farmers in a building; farming items and gold and selling them in the auction house.

 

1 Player grinding away, trying to compete with prices on auction house, ending up buying items for real world money.

 

If I'm wrong, enlighten me, but I don't see this as very balanced.

soguilk
soguilk

 @roadster213 lol i think u are missing the point buddy. what tialian mean is that its the gameplay that makes it fun... enjoying the story, the feel, the atmosphere. you are too much of an elitist if u think d3 is all about loot

soguilk
soguilk

 @Shawn45 i have a feeling the d3 has been more story driven than the first two, thats just my assumption... seeing as their is like a cutscene every couple hours

Shawn45
Shawn45

 @idanielxo Diablo is not very story heavy, I am positive that you can get it without playing the other two. If you want to try the second, but avoid the first unless if you're really into old school PC games.

theshewolf
theshewolf

 @Aeondeity -grin- I love Total Biscuit and you are both right, but what I meant was, why use the AH at all? Diablo has never had one and has been fine.

theshewolf
theshewolf

 @Aeondeity I agree that at first glance the AH seems to be a great way to destroy the economy, but then again, what economy?

The Diablo franchise has always given plenty of money and the beta is no different. A lvl 12 monk with tens of thousand of gold, even with leveling the blacksmith?

Who needs the AH?

Navarithak
Navarithak

 @Aeondeity I personally don't see Chinese Gold Farmers farming on the higher difficulty where 80% of the items are. From what i've seen in Wow, they aint very bright. Just have a high stamina level. 

 

Above all, why are you troubled? the auction house is optional...no one ever said you must use it to progress through the game. I'm sure you can progress at your own pace. I for one think the AH is slightly usefull, cause im a working adult. I dont have the time in hand to farm, but have the cash in hand.