Morhaime on Diablo 3 Launch Forecasts: “We Were Very Far Off”
When Diablo 3 launched, servers were overloaded by the number of simultaneous connection attempts, which resulted in many consumers being unable to play the game until the following day. It was obvious that Blizzard’s expectations for the launch were off, but in an interview with GI International, Blizzard President Mike Morhaime revealed just how far off they were.
When asked if the team would do anything differently if they could go back and re-do D3′s launch, Morhaime said:
“Oh, there are definitely things we would do differently. It would be so helpful in advance to know how many people are going to want to play a game. Because we could plan things out a lot better: we can make sure we have enough capacity, we can buy the hardware that we need. The Diablo III launch exceeded out forecasts by an order of magnitude; we were very far off. We outsold our full-year forecast in the matter of a week.”
Those figures are staggering. Did one of the number crunchers at Blizz forget a decimal place somewhere?