Considering that Diablo III was one of the most anticipated titles of this generation, it came as no surprise in November when we heard that the game’s sales had already crossed the 10 million mark – and it’s no surprise again that it has since climbed.
In Activision Blizzard’s recent financial report to investors, the company revealed that sales of Diablo III topped 12 million worldwide by the end of 2012. Naturally, Blizzard doesn’t plan to let any of that success go to waste.
“The launch of the game back in May had a tremendous impact on Blizzard and our community,” Blizzard sovereign Mike Morhaime told investors last night. “Diablo 3 broke PC games sales records, and as of the end of the year has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide.”
Morhaime went on to promise that Blizzard intends to continue to support Diablo III and its community “aggressively.” Indeed, Blizzard is continuing to roll out patches for Diablo III – patch 1.07, which adds in brawling (as it’s now called), is expected out soon.
There’s also the matter of an expansion.
In news that isn’t quite so good for Blizzard, the report revealed that World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria’s subscriber count is now 9.6 million according to internal estimates. That’s down roughly 400,000 from last count.
Overall, Activision Blizzard had a strong 2012 – the company’s best yet, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick claims.
“We are very pleased to report that Activision Blizzard delivered the best performance in its history,” Kotick said. “With better-than expected net revenues, record operating margins and record earnings, and over $1.3 billion in operating cash flow, we continue to set the industry success bar.”