Daily Archives: July 8, 2008

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Diablo III

Home at last and going through 10 days worth of gaming news I came across this little gem on Gamasutra.

Basically, for the week of July 3rd the top five selling PC titles were:

  1. Diablo Battle Chest (Blizzard)
  2. World of Warcraft Battle Chest (Blizzard)
  3. The Sims 2: IKEA Home Stuff (EA Games)
  4. Spore Creature Creator (EA Games)
  5. The Orange Box (EA Games)

I had to laugh out loud! Nostalgia FTW!

So here we have, at the top of the list, a seven year old title (If you count the expansion, eight year old if you count the original release) that only runs in 800×600 resolution and which, at $40 a pop, can’t even be derided as heavily discounted.

Okay, yes, it is the silly season. Summer can make for strange sales figures.

And, yes, it is one weekly set of sales figures.

But still, how often does this happen under any circumstances? Did StarCraft get a similar boost last year when they announces StarCraft II?

I am split on what this means. It certainly shows the strength behind the Diablo franchise. Not that I doubted it. Diablo II shows up on Xfire Stats every month. But this was a nice confirmation.

On the other hand, you wonder what Blizzard is thinking, holding back this long until they even announce a new version.

Oh well, they announced it at last and, while not an MMO, it is certainly a title about which I could come close to fanboi-ishness.

It is also mildly amusing to me that I seem to be just a few days ahead of the curve this summer. First I started pining for Diablo III to the point of going back and installing Diablo II. Then Blizzard announced Diablo III and a bunch of people went out and grabbed Diablo II as well.

Maybe even Heartless went out and bought a copy at last.