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Monday, July 17, 2000
 
Diablo II Officially Ships
11:22 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

We have known for some time that Mac Diablo II would be shipping right around Macworld New York; today a press release confirms that not only will this anticipated RPG be shipping this week, it is the "Harry Potter of computer games." They said it, not us. According to our sources, Mac Diablo II will be available for purchase at the Expo. Here is Blizzard's press release:

Blizzard Entertainment announced today that Diablo II has surpassed 1 million copies sold worldwide, based on information from PC Data and key retail accounts worldwide. The game, which had an initial retail shipment of two million copies just two weeks ago, already has reorders in excess of more than 600,000 copies and begins shipping for Macintosh this week. [emphasis added]


Following in the tradition of other Blizzard titles, Diablo II becomes not only the fourth consecutive Blizzard title to sell 1 million copies, but also to debut as the number-one selling game. The game, which shipped on June 28, is topping PC sales charts in North America, Europe and Asia. In the U.S. alone during its first week in stores, the game earned a record 39 percent of the entire dollar amount spent on games, according to PC Data.


Said Mike Morhaime, president and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, "Diablo II's success is meaningful on many levels. For Blizzard, the game's popularity is confirmation that our long hours and hard work paid off, and our customers are enjoying our product. From an industry standpoint, it is evidence that top PC games can rival revenues for movies, books and music. Computer gaming has gone mainstream as a form of entertainment."


Said Bob McKenzie, Director of Merchandising for Babbages, "The rate at which Diablo II is selling is unprecedented. In a matter of days, the game has sold more copies than most PC products sell in their entire product cycle. This product is the Harry Potter of computer games."

We're not sure the author would appreciate the comparison of a bloody hack-and-slash game to her children's literature, but you get the gist of it. Watch our Macworld New York reports for first-hand accounts of the final version of this game in action!

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