Diablo III Sales Break 15 Million
Blizzard Activision Q4 2013 report announces the new sales milestone
Diablo III has now sold more than 15 million copies across all platforms since release, and World of Warcraft is back to gaining subscribers, from data provided in the Blizzard Activision Q4 2013 earnings report. The quarterly report gave details on upcoming releases by Blizzard Entertainment, along with a review of 2013 for Activision Blizzard. Here are specifics for each of the major Blizzard franchises, including comments made by Blizzard Entertainment CEO Mike Morhaime during the earnings report conference call on February 6, 2014.
- Diablo III ended 2013 with over 15 million units sold through cumulatively across all platforms (PC/Mac, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3).
- That is a new record, up from the 14 million copies that had been sold as of the end of October 2013.
- The franchise will see more sales this year, with the release of the Reaper of Souls Expansion on March 25, 2014 for PC and Mac, followed by Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition for the PlayStation 4.
- World of Warcraft actually gained a small number of subscribers in Q4 2013, and ended the year with 7.8 million subscribers.
- That is up slightly from the 7.6 million subscribers that the game had at the end of Q3, although still far down from the peak subscription numbers.
Blizzard is scheduled to release three games in 2014, including a "major game" that may refer to the new World of Warcraft expansion.
- Access to Hearthstone was recently expanded as the game reached open beta. According to Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, the game has attracted "millions of players in both the West and in China with strong engagement and monetization. Hearthstone is on track to join the World of Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft as Blizzard Entertainment's fourth mega franchise."
- Kotick also noted the move onto mobile platforms with Hearthstone. "In 2014, we plan to launch Hearthstone on tablets and smartphones. This is the first for Blizzard, and it will enable fans around the world to play Hearthstone on hundreds of millions of additional devices. In many countries, the mobile Internet is the fastest growing interactive entertainment platform and Hearthstone is well positioned for great success."
- Heroes of the Storm is another free-to-play Activision Blizzard game that Kotick said the company expected to have "enormous potential" for growth down the road.
- StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm continued the sales streak mentioned in the Q3 2014 report. The expansion was the best-selling retail PC game in North America, for all of 2013.