Starcraft II sells 3 million

Blizzard releases first-month sales total for Wings of Liberty; real-time strategy sequel on track to meet analyst expectations.

When Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty was released, analysts were bullish with their estimates, with projections of as many as 7 million copies this year. Blizzard is making headway towards these figures, as the publisher today announced one-month sales of 3 million copies.

Starcraft II sold 1 million copies on July 27 when it hit stores across the world and a further 500,000 copies on day two, making it the fastest-selling real-time strategy game of all time, according to Blizzard. While these numbers don't come close to matching those generated by World of Warcraft--Wrath of the Lich King sold 2.8 million copies in its first day--Blizzard's CEO Mike Morhaime today declared himself pleased by "how strongly the global community has already embraced [Starcraft II]."

The Corporal will see you now…all 3 million of you.

Colin Sebastian of Lazard Capital Markets, who made the 7 million sales estimate, said today that the one-month figures show that "sales were not as front-loaded as some had expected" and that Starcraft II's numbers "are tracking slightly ahead of our 4 million estimate for [the July-September quarter]." These estimates include some monetization of sales in South Korea, one of the major markets for the game, which Sebastian said had not yet had an impact on sales figures because of an extended free trial period for gamers in the Asian nation.

After officially announcing the title in South Korea at the2007 Worldwide Invitational in Seoul, Blizzard confirmed in 2008 that the game would come in three parts. Wings of Liberty, the first in the trifecta, was initially due out in 2009 but was delayed just before the holiday season. While Wings of Liberty focussed on the Terran race, the other two parts--Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void--focus on the Zerg and Protoss, respectively. Neither of the other two parts--which are technically expansions--have a release date yet.

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PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@K-Grogg I found out something interesting from the first comments we put until now. Initially, I sorta actually agreed with you re: AI that just produces as fast as it possibly can and then throws the horde at you mindlessly. But since then I have gotten better, and now only face "hard" or "very hard", leaving "insane" for later. That's 4 or 5 out of 6 in difficulty rating (6 point scale). What's interesting is this: SC2 uses better collaboration at the higher levels when facing 2-3 enemies. Better than any collaboration I have seen humans do. The "smarter" AI waits longer to attack, opting for fewer, stronger forces. It's... disturbing. Skynet stuff.

K-Grogg
K-Grogg

@PixelAddict I'm not saying it can't be fun for others, I'm just complaining that to me, the lack of new features or mechanics (not talking about little gimmicks) or real depth/customization feels lacking in RTS games, and has felt this way for a while IMO. Ruse, Company of Heroes, are a couple of exceptions, but they're more about commanding an army, not so much the real RTS progression.

666shan666
666shan666

speaking as someone who tried RTS for the first time with this game, it is awesome... already started the second playthrough.

TheUnknownM
TheUnknownM

umm everyone loves starcraft 2? wow 3 mil OO

Briantb_2008
Briantb_2008

@enix165 Starcraft 2 is a full game with just the terrian campaign its about a 20 to 30hr playthrou the first time and thats going it on normal but it has a great story plus theres a couple different mission choices depending on u play throu it. If you liked the first one theres no reason you wont like this one.

FOREVERgod
FOREVERgod

I admit defeat! I just can't compete with resource building rts. Dawn of War 2 is more of my thing.

zirron
zirron

Get it, play it and love it :) great game!

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

well certain genres have become unplayable because of the wide variety of cheats (like fps's) for the pc, Others like our beloved rts market have been typically dumbed down to the point of vegetable levels and rts's by nature are more of a thinking game and that dispersed most of that crowd. Not to mention how many genres of games have disappeared completely. While im a hardcore pc guy myself, there are becoming more and more advantages to the consoles. Its unfortunate really.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

If Blizzard and Activision split, there would have been like 130 artices here on Gamespot and all of the anti-COD people going "YEAH!"

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

@silverdoe It's not just the 360, but the PS3 as well. Both would benefit from keyboard and mouse. I kinda wished that Sony would have done a custom mouse and keyboard setup specifically for their system rather than more motion control madness. People would love the accuracy of FPSs with it. That's just one of many reasons I stopped gaming on consoles and went over to the PC. I love computers anyway, and the ability to make games on my pc look and play better than on consoles is awesome. Of course, I realize too that a lot of pro gamers on FPSs on consoles are really good with the controller, but the last time I tried to play BBC2 on the PS3, my gun was swinging all over the place. Got it, and played it on PC, and suddenly I'm an expert marksman.

WillyChong
WillyChong

@Vegna_Infamous Yeah, you are one lucky guy. People like me who live outside the US could afford a console, just that its an expensive device with little uses other than playing games, downloading contents, pictures, and thus, is phorhibited by our parents(despite I work & study) or its immense price tag. PC gamer like us always use PC more than just gaming, we work, complete assignment and search net. After all its done, its very rewarding to play a PC game as it has less guilt. The fact you can carry it around. I and my buddies got a good online Starcraft II multiplayer at a shopping mall with nothing but wireless connection & power-plug, the fact the internet is online. Oh, my PC is actually a Ladtop(sorry). I love to own a console, just that its always the consoles get the exclusive & not everyone can easily get a console, Starcraft II is a rare gem for PC gaming community. Like your Halo, its a gem for the Xbox 360.

D3thN1gh7
D3thN1gh7

Nice. Well Starcraft 2 is an amazing game so Blizzard deserves it. Well done Blizz, keep up the good work. Can't wait for Diablo III. :D

berto64
berto64

i need to get a copy of it thats not bad for the first couple of weeks

santinegrete
santinegrete

I'm in that number! XD I've been hearing about 'PC gaming is death/dying' since the starting times of the PREVIOUS GENERATION. Even if some suckers say that the death of PC gaming is slow-real slow, and the piracy or how complicated is to make-configure a decent gaming rig, etc... PC it's still here after TEN BLOODY YEARS since when that argument started. Can't deny that gaming in this platform have seen better times, but I even find some advantages in this generation: good console games like Batman AA, and Darksiders is coming: I love my wired and compatible Xbox360 controller ^^

Inconnux
Inconnux

As for the console vs PC debate, the only thing limiting a console is the controller. But then again, a console controller is designed so any noob can pick it up and play a game... a mouse and keyboard wasn't designed for gaming, so the learning curve is more steep... but you don't sacrifice precision with the mouse/keyboard like you do with a console controller.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@SpiiiiiiiiKe Just the way the original Starcraft faded away after just a few short months....?

LOXO7
LOXO7

I was hyped for this game in 2005.

Pot_Smoky_Ninja
Pot_Smoky_Ninja

@ MachShot Cheesing is the most BS thing I've ever seen, I don't fall for cheesing at all but it's just terrible when they other player has nothing else to show. In 1s it's not that big of a deal if you lose you lose, but in a game of say 3s or 4s, it's ridiculous as anyone can pull it off, especially with zerg and you gotta spend a lot of extra time just to win because those players usually don't have anything else in their arsenal.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

good things about PC is you can play bunch of good ol' games, enjoying latest/greatest/current graphics technology, and playing every genre, I mean it.. every genre. Strategy, Hack&Slash RPG, FPS, MMOs, Point&Click Adventure don't work on consoles, just plug Gamepad 360 on PC(s) then you can add Racing genre, 3rd person shooter, ActionAdventure, Platformer. last but not least, I am not proud using pirated-product, I'll buy PC games (because I'm not thief) and I am very supportive for my community. some of them cheating, & some of them not. that's our human nature. I'll buying upcoming Diablo 3 / Torchlight 2 for my own & for my lil bro's birthday. :)

MachShot
MachShot

@SpiiiiiiiiKe "Cheesing"? Losers complain of "cheap" and "cheese". Winners lose to cheese and look for a better way to cheese the cheese without getting cheesed. It's called "playing to win". If you can't deal with this simple fact, then there is the Wii which you will enjoy immensely. Edit: I am a Zerg player and this UP thing the world is moaning about really only affects someone once they are playing at the level in which they are so good, they don't even think about what they are doing.

SpiiiiiiiiKe
SpiiiiiiiiKe

Sc2 has already lost 600k in users on the MP side as it it just gets more and more boring as time goes on. Cheesing your way to Diamond is fun for only so long, pretty much every Zerg player is going crazy with them being UP. And with the Map editor and custom maps being non-existent you will probably see the number of people online decrease as months go bye.

severe_009
severe_009

@fps_d0minat0r Wow, every time I see a news regarding PC games or first person shooter, you always say piracy this, piracy that, console better, pc bad, console future, pc dead... whew... what a hobby you've got there? Do you earn cash doing that?

rapiergv
rapiergv

for people not thinking sc2 sales can reach 7 million copies this year, you DO realise that a major holiday aka Christmas is on it's way, right? If this thing sold 3 mil copies in it's first month, it can well sell millions again in December alone, throughout the winter holidays

Captain__Murphy
Captain__Murphy

Sc2 storyline was extremely disappointing. That being said, the campaign itself was much more enjoyable to me than the original. Level design was brilliant.

deank_2002
deank_2002

@enix165 as some1 who has played through the campaign I can honestly say it is longer and more in depth than all 3 factions from SC. Why do you have to cry like a lil girl when some1 is offering you even more of a good thing? BTW if this sales model works WC4 is gonna get the same treatment but w/ atleast 4 games, one for each of the races.

deank_2002
deank_2002

@akumous How would Blizz combating piracy lower their sales numbers? People will pirate the game if they can and therefore blizz created thousands of more sales by doing so.

akumous
akumous

I don't think the game will sell 7 million copies by the end of this year, that's too far fetch. Blizzard design choices to combat piracy is one the significant factors that would oppose this forecast.

smoman5000
smoman5000

thats alot of SC2 copies, it is a great RTS afterall. as for pc gaming and console gaming....i use them all, dont worry about what people play on PC or Console and just friggin play the games.

enix165
enix165

I'm still waiting on Warcraft 4, I ain't paying $60 for a third of the full single-player game.

fattass21
fattass21

everything has its pros and cons, im not going to say console is better then pc or pc is better. the fact is, pc gaming is not dead and has been going as strong as any of the consoles. i have a xbox and pc and planing for a ps3. i wish more people were open minded and have a 'holy crap, what am i playing? its freaking amazing!' thought instead of 'my thing is better then your thing.' the more you expand your thoughts, the more things you learn and the more things you can enjoy.

fLaMbOaStiN
fLaMbOaStiN

SC2 is a great game and well worth my $60 i paid.. Even tho i've already gone back to my MMO of choice i spent a good week straight playing SC2, even ditching my current MMO i was playing (lol some of you may know how hard that is.) But what i love about SC2 is i can log in at anytime and play a game w/o worrying about sub fees and stuff.. Actually, i think ima go play one right now then get back to MMO'ing lol

Rohan75
Rohan75

I'm loling at all the arguments, PC vs console, play one or both, each one has its upsides like i can't imagine playing madden on pc etc, PC has good rts games that i play enjoy each to the fullest, Back to the topic Blizzard damn you can't sell the game with all the story modes, damn money grubbers, it will be released at least planned to in 18 months, we will have a ton new games to play. Stop being so damn greedy at least give it for free.

Prometheus
Prometheus

PC gaming was dead because piracy used to be exclusive to the PC. Now that console players pirate almost as much as PC users the PC is again the superior platform in almost all regards.

DEATH775
DEATH775

pc and console. I love both of them. Each of them has their own advantage.

sakshamH
sakshamH

pc's will always be better than consoles. always. consoles die every few years but pc never dies and it never will.

tenaus
tenaus

Seriously people, stop complaining about video games and consoles/computers. None of them are perfect, but they are all fun. Just get over it, or failing that, stop complaining and comment on the actual article.

fmos9
fmos9

I don't like blizzard games, but god-dang do they know how to make a game that sells and wow's the critics.

Jruggy
Jruggy

@edmond_villamor Actually yes... My console can do everything you just said..

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@ oflow Yeah you can play strat games on a Console but they all suck big time nowadays CnC3 and redalert3 are the best examples of a company designing a strat game for a console they basicly finished of one of the best strat titles ever oh and then there's the supreme commander port for the 360 that took a superb pc game and put it onto a piece of hardware that could barely handle the smaller scale campaign missions But back in the ps1 days they had brilliant pc ports of CnC retaliation, theme hospital and even Warcraft 2 which I'm guessing you never realised had been done   As for the keyboard thing yeah your right I had one plugged into my ps2 and xbox all the time but a controller is no substitute for a mouse it works but not as good just the same as not using a pad for games like FIFA on the PC they both have their better areas On the graphics front yeah consoles have the edge as they have games designed specifically for that hardware  BUT its limited hardware and when a developer does it right they can blow them out of the water like crysis which I recently finished for a 2 year old game it looked dam good but at the end of the day good gameplay is More important to me then graphics like I'm still happy to sit and play ff7 because it's a fantastic game  And your right all the DRM stuff sucks big time although it's better then having to pay to play the games you've bought /cough xbox live

magnus29
magnus29

Never played the old Starcraft but naturally I went to buy it because of the positive reviews. Normally Im not a fan of Rts but I am a fan of Blizzard despite some of there idiotic tendicies. I will say this This game oozes quality in every aspect and had me hooked for a a few weeks. Will probally pick it up to play in a while dont wanna get burned out...Now D3 thats a different story =)

kweeni
kweeni

The game looks really awesome. I'l try to buy it if I'll have enough money.

oflow
oflow

And one more thing while I'm ranting...the current trend in PC gaming is to overload all the games with DRC stuff. Half the games dont even work because you gotta load GFWL (worst pile of crap ever made) and Steam on top of that.