And yet, literally everything Diablo 4 has seen and heard in blog posts and previews looks great. They’re all like that and I don’t think you can underestimate how many Diablo games sell and how popular this series is. Despite the pranks, Diablo 3 quickly became a mega-hit. At launch, it was the fastest-selling PC game of all time, and three years after its launch in 2015, Blizzard announced it had sold 30 million copies (including the Reaper of Souls expansion). In 2022, Diablo 3 is said to have attracted 65 million players in various ways since its launch.
Call of Duty continues to be at the center of debate between Microsoft, Sony, and regulators as Microsoft seeks to license its acquisition of Activision Blizzard, but Diablo 4 should look in a different direction. think. It could be the biggest game of 2023, even in the year rivals like Starfield, Hogwarts Legacy, and Breath of the Wild 2 release. It’s easy to be skeptical of Diablo 4 and Blizzard as a whole these days. Given the issues within that studio, and the fact that Diablo 4 itself has even lost a director, as he was one of the expelled executives who didn’t properly address allegations of harassment.
If this game is good and doesn’t start broken and doesn’t have an insidious secret plot for a horrific microtransaction that Blizzard swears doesn’t exist then yes this turns out to be the absolute biggest monster release of 2023 increase. It’s rumored that next year will be more paid MW2 content rather than a full game, so it will be a proper Call of Duty installment to compete with. I don’t know if Diablo 4 will surpass Diablo 3’s records and sales pace, but given the industry’s overall growth since 2013, I think it’s very likely.
And with the Activision/Microsoft deal unlikely to go through anytime soon, we don’t expect to see a Game Pass launch that would reduce overall PC and Xbox sales. However, I don’t think there will be a size match in 2023. Some of next year’s biggest games will be exclusive to platforms like Starfield, Zelda, and Final Fantasy XVI. And multi-platform games like Hogwarts Legacy and Suicide Squad don’t sell as well as Diablo 4. You don’t Stay tuned for more Diablo 4 content to be announced at The Game Awards tonight.