DID YOU KNOW
The first Diablo game was released in 1996 by Blizzard Entertainment. Since then, two other Diablo games and four expansion packs have been released. Diablo II was released in 2000, followed by Diablo III in 2012. By far, Diablo III is the most successful game in the series, in terms of revenue and reception. In addition to having an aggregate score of 88 in Metacritic, it set a record for fastest-selling PC game when 3.5 million copies of the game was sold in the first 24 hours of its release. It was also the best-selling PC game in 2012, with over 12 million copies sold within the year. Across all platforms, Diablo III has sold approximately 30 million copies. In terms of influence, however, the original Diablo game takes the crown for being a pivotal game in the history of online multiplayer gaming. Diablo had a multiplayer mode that used Blizzard’s Battle.net platform, which was released alongside the game. Battle.net was the first online gaming service that was directly integrated into the game. Diablo’s success can be partly attributed to this innovation, but the value of the game itself should not be discredited. As a first-person, hack and slash RPG game, the dungeon crawl that was the game Diablo had a deep, meaningful plot, a simple interface, and an immersive gameplay.