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Diablo 3 sets Blizzard pre-order record

More than two million players pre-ordered the highly anticipated action RPG

Diablo 3 set a Blizzard pre-order record ahead of the game's release last night.

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More than two million players pre-ordered the highly anticipated action RPG, while over 8,000 midnight launch events were held at retail stores to mark its release, according to the developer.

Blizzard CEO and co-founder Mike Morhaime said: "This launch is a culmination of many years of hard work by our development team, and many years of passionate, dedicated support from gamers around the world.

"We're grateful for the enthusiasm of our players, and for the help of our beta testers in getting the game ready for release. Now that Diablo 3 is live, we hope everyone's ready to have a hellishly good time slaying demons and collecting loot in Sanctuary."

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The numbers are good, but not everything surrounding the launch has gone smoothly. Earlier today Blizzard urged Diablo 3 players to be patient after a rush of fans attempting to activate their copies online crippled the servers.

The developer is also in the process of fixing a game breaking Diablo 3 bug encountered following release.

Our friends over at PC Gamer are playing the game and updating their verdict as they go along, so be sure to check out the site's Diablo 3 review as it happens.

Have a read of our recent Diablo 3 interview with senior world designer Leonard Boyarski and lead technical artist Julian Love to learn about the game's development cycle and how it feels to finally have the title out in the wild.

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