Starcraft II deploys 1.5 million in 48 hours

Wings of Liberty takes off as Blizzard's real-time strategy game lays claim to title of "fastest-selling strategy game of all time."

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty is orchestrating a full-scale Zerg rush on gamers. Blizzard Entertainment today announced that its sci-fi real-time strategy game sold more than 1 million copies worldwide through its launch day, and 1.5 million within 48 hours of going on sale.

Maybe Blizzard can use the proceeds to get this guy some cream for those scars.

Blizzard proclaimed Starcraft II the fastest-selling strategy game of all time, as well as the best-selling PC game of 2010. In the company's announcement, an executive from GameStop went on the record calling Starcraft II the specialty retailer's "fastest-selling PC game since Blizzard launched World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King."

The second expansion to the hugely successful massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Wrath of the Lich King launched in November of 2008 and sold 2.8 million copies on day one. The game's first expansion was also an instant hit for Blizzard, selling 2.4 million copies on its January 2007 launch day. Not even those blockbusters could hold a candle to Blizzard parent company Activision's biggest hit, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which launched last November on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC, selling 4.7 million on its first day of sale and laying claim to the title of "largest entertainment launch ever."

Obviously, Starcraft II's debut is only the beginning of its sales story. Analysts have big expectations for Blizzard's latest, with estimates for the game's 2010 sales total reaching as high as 6.5 million copies.

As the first new stand-alone game from Blizzard since 2004's World of Warcraft, Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty focuses primarily on the human Terran faction with a 29-mission single-player campaign. However, the multiplayer component also lets gamers wage interstellar real-time strategy warfare as the hivelike Zerg and the technologically advanced Protoss factions. Two sequels focusing on those factions--Legacy of the Void and Heart of the Swarm--are also in development.

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137 comments
WillyChong
WillyChong

See, even Malaysia like me supported original game like Starcraft II, its not easy as you need to save up more than other games. But this game rock every soul who played it. My friends got my guest key and say that this is way better than other RTS games which respecrt the storyline rather than cheesy & silly storytelling, superb competitive multiplayer, tons of challenge, armory, archievement to unlock. This is a rare RTS game than gave both quality and quantity in terms of content. Yeah, it was a dissapoinment to have no LAN, but Battle.net is good and both I and my brother can connect locally thanks to the advanced Streamyx line. And you can played anywhere as long as you have your account and password.

Woodsburrow
Woodsburrow

As much as I'd love to see SC2 do just that, it's not a console game. MW2 blitzed PC, 360 and PS3. Most those sales on consoles. Still, it's the fastest selling RTS of all time. I wouldn't spit at that =)

athenian29
athenian29

I wish Starcraft II had sold better than Modern Warfare 2. Not only is it a better game, but that would be a great message to send to Activision.

memrie
memrie

@Woodsburrow I don't think people read your post right, otherwise it would be thumbs up if they did, lol!

DahLong
DahLong

i have not play a single starcraft game before but since a lot of people like it, i'll get it too.

Inconnux
Inconnux

in 10 years this game will still be on the charts, while MW2 will just be a bad memory.

MacenKrace
MacenKrace

No reason to get a better PC... Well now you have one. I'll most likely get the other 2 as well.

magusat999
magusat999

And they keep saying that there is no market in PC games. They need to put this besides every article that they have written talking about PC gaming dying. Like I have been saying - it's the games not being developed, not a lack of willing gamers on the PC. I they released Ratchet and Clank on the PC they would see big figures (yes you can use a controller on the PC, before someone chimes in...).

schawnneo
schawnneo

To Activision: Fix the damn 'auto shut down' bug in MW2 !!!

Hiroo4
Hiroo4

It's a super great game, but I would have liked Zerg and Protoss in the campaign simply to warm up for multiplayer.

rapiergv
rapiergv

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shaktisingh
shaktisingh

It was bound to do well. But you have to applaud Activision's contribution to the game - charge $10 more for a third of the game.

Briantb_2008
Briantb_2008

it kinda sucks that theres no campaign for the protoss or zerg but if you play the game its not missing anything without them. Plus it will be interseting how they play the story out in the next two starcraft 2 games. I know I'm looking forward to them

Woodsburrow
Woodsburrow

Why did SC1 only have 1/3 Terran campaign!! It wasn't a full game!! Waaaaaa!

Pinguicha
Pinguicha

StarCraft II is a good game, but still... Good marketing does wonders and Blizzard certainly knows that.

DMWhiteDragon
DMWhiteDragon

Nit-picking at the irrelevant details is quite useless and adds nothing to the discussion. There is 29 missions in the campaign and its a Terran campaign (who cares if a couple are protoss controlled or based on choices made etc, that's all flavor... if you have a problem with those small things, you are simply arguing for the sake of it) That's the content you paid for which is what people are moaning about... and its more than what you got with starcraft 1. If you were stupid enough to not know about the game before you bought it, then that's your problem... it was well known beforehand :), i got exactly what i wanted and what i paid for in game play, features and fun. More community features, better modding tools, better presentation (game and videos).... and instead of 3 'ok' campaigns you get a single 'great' one with 2 more to come? You would have to be a complete whinger to have issues with that. If you like the campaign game play at all you would be happier with this way as the story is A LOT more realised than starcraft 1 ever was.... boo hoo you have to pay a little amount of money for a game, get a job. Compare the price of going to a movie; hour for hour, you'll still end up way out on top on cost ratio. So stop being little #$%^&%#$, if you don't like it that's perfectly fine. But stop attacking the general public who does, it makes you look stupid :)

game_gt3
game_gt3

the terran campaign has 26 missions total not 29. there are a few protoss missions as well. the bigest blizz strength is story but i found it a little stupid. there is 1 main story and many side missions with their own story but they were in some terms involved with the main. the stupid thing is that in campaign u have too many units and u can have super upgrades making the game critically unbalanced. for instance - thors that self repair, sience vesels repairing the thors, scvs repairing the thors and once a thor dies it rebuilds automatically= immortal army. this works for every mech unit - battlecruisers, siege tanks and all, oh and siege tanks do 100 and more dmg and in multy it does 50.

DMWhiteDragon
DMWhiteDragon

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Deano
Deano

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Paskiewicz
Paskiewicz

wants one after playing Company of Heroes

Yajarobi
Yajarobi

Blew my expectations out of the water. a ton more content, fun, graphics are amazing on low settings. Can talk to people on WoW. Simply gold, friggen, gold...

bignick217
bignick217

@RedStar Fair enough... I forgot about that little technicality. So I'll be a little more specific... 25 Missions to the Campaign (Play-Through) 26 Different Maps possible to the Campaign (while only 25 will be played in a single play-through) 29 Mission Scenarios possible to the Campaign. (while only 25 will be played in a single play-through) Is that better.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

Waiting Diablo 3!! :? Blizzard need new mind-bending IP(s) :oops:

LTMarine
LTMarine

too bad it got cracked so fast ,people who only wanted to get it for sp downloaded it from torrents or w/e they are using ,im not saying that everyone did this but i can see that 4000+ people already downloaded it from a local torrent site and 700 still downloading and that site has only 150000 users ,lets hope that multiplayer helps it get alot more sequels and expansions ,best rts ive ever played.

soolkiki
soolkiki

@Gelugon_baat Okay, I wasn't aware of it being that complicated! And I am soooooooo glad that Bobby isn't in the Direction area, because we all know what would happen then. I just hope his influence doesn't go to other people in the company.

Myhicslayer
Myhicslayer

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cyberslik
cyberslik

ahh,blizzard one company u can call a game company!!!not a money vacuum to suck u dry for sum 2bit piece of trash software them may call a game.

ccgod
ccgod

Hopefully diablo 3 isn't a different game for each class

rapiergv
rapiergv

all people that say that SC2 is just a remake, and think they're original and think outside the box and outside the hype, actually aren't. they had their hopes really high due to the big promotion campaingn by blizzard, and they expected the second coming of Jesus. Instead, think about this you narrow-minded trolls, if you say that SC2 is just a remake, because it just adds some new units and stuff but the core gameplay is unchanged, then what about FIFA and HALO and GOD OF WAR and any other friggin game? THINK ABOUT IT. sorry for capsing

adilejaz
adilejaz

Tidal_Abyss will it work with DOW2 as well?? I mean can we assign keys from the keyboard to the 12 buttons grid and use them as substitutes in game like hotkeys??

BornGamer
BornGamer

Hope they manage to remove Activision's stench from Bnet2.

hotso
hotso

I'm getting so tired of some few commenters whining that this is a 1/3 of a game for full games price. It's a full priced game with a full length campaign that just happens to concentrate on Terran, but also has a few quests long Protoss storyline too.

grigjd3
grigjd3

@Deano, the one campaign really is pretty large if compared to other RTS games made lately. The only problem I see is that by the time the protoss game comes out, I stand a good chance of being bored.

MortorVos
MortorVos

Is all good & well now get to work on finishing & making awesome DIABLO 3.

Tidal_Abyss
Tidal_Abyss

Seems good, but I'll wait until all 3 parts are released. StarCraft 1 BattleChest will do until then, not to mention my other RTS's. (Little Tip to RTS fans, ever try using the Razer Naga 17 button rts mouse?! It's awesome and so helpful, customization is the name of the game www.razerzone.com ).

Deano
Deano

only blizzard could get people to shell out full price for 1/3 of a game. I would prefer to play this for the single player and this is probably the first blizzard game that isn't going to be on my buy list till ALL 3 campaigns are included. No other game company has the audacity to short change it's consumers so blatantly. I swear they will charge full price for the other 2 titles as well making this the most expensive game in history. Considering how much they make per month in WoW subscriptions they could GIVE this game away.

cookiemcs
cookiemcs

to davo-c what next is World of Warcraft Cataclysm the third expansion

Davo-C
Davo-C

The real question is... What next? Diablo 3 or Starcraft II; Heart of the Swarm?

Chrypt22
Chrypt22

What was that? PC gaming is dead?? Ohhh ok. Ill just put this one on the "nothing to see here" list.

Damascuss
Damascuss

@DragonRift The fact that most people are easily amused doesn't exactly surprise me. Look at CoD, it's popularity is unbelievable, but once picked apart it's just an ordinary shooter. I never said you couldn't like this game, or anybody else for that matter. Are you typically this defensive? I shared my opinion, which I'm sure will be hidden within hours because there are more of those like you then myself. The games popularity doesn't bother me, but nice try, this is always a nice simple argument that average fad following folks like you use. In the end, it's about what makes this game worth playing. The graphics? Enchanting. I'll stick with SC1 or something actually good, like Sins of a Solar Empire. Btw nice line,"if you've actually played it" . Another simple response, can I respond with "if you actually knew I've played it". Hi, beta tester here. And since I've played it, I'm sharing my opinion. End Result: GAME SUCKS. Thanks Ollie.

Pete5506
Pete5506

The game is so much fun, worth the money any day

Jrock7
Jrock7

@ GameFan1983 DOW was sick, my favorite RTS. But it went completely a different way with the 2nd game. Kinda sad. Starcraft 2 is a great RTS. I'm glad Blizzard didn't change the base building RTS style, but also added a lot more as well. Reason I bought it on day 1. Play it every day and night with lack of sleep too. But I agree, if DOWIII goes back to the RTS base management it will be a much greater game.

DragonRift
DragonRift

@Damascuss You're right. We're all duped into buying the "exact same game", even though just about everyone (myself included) has been just as dead-hooked on it since release day. We're all blind to the "fact" that because it's a game YOU don't personally like, it has to be something we can't like either. You complain about the upcoming expansions, but for a game that's likely to last for years (for free on bnet, no less), that's quite a deal... ... especially when compared to MMOs, which people shell out hundreds upon hundreds of dollars over time, per game. It doesn't matter what game it is, if it's immensely popular, there will always be people like you to cry and moan about it. And if you actually PLAYED it, you'd understand that SC2 is not just a shiny graphics upgrade. Those 1.5 million are having fun with the game... So who's the fool?

GameFan1983
GameFan1983

come on relic, announce DOWIII already, show blizzard noobs and it's dick raiders who is the king of RTS. (if you make a return of base building elements in multilayer that is)