Blizzard's latest Zerg-busting romp has now officially stomped on Command & Conquer, rubbed Civilization's nose in the compost and taken Company of Heroes to the cleaners. After selling a bumper stack of 1.5 million copies in just 48 hours, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is officially the fastest selling strategy game of all time.
Of course, Blizzard's expertly coordinated international release strategy has played a big part in the initial sales figures, as has the 12-year wait since its predecessor.
The space-age strategy game was released simultaneously on five continents and 11 different languages on 27 July, and over 8,000 stores around the world opened at Midnight to let queuing fans get their mitts on the keenly-anticipated sequel as soon as possible.
According to Blizzard, StarCraft II had already managed to rack up over a million sales in its first day alone, making it the best-selling PC game of the year in just 24 hours. Blizzard says it compiled the figures using a combination of public data, reports from distribution partners and its own internal company records.
The champers is already out on planet Blizzard by the looks of it. "We're pleased that so many people around the world have already picked up a copy of the game," said Blizzard co founder and CEO Mike Morhaime, adding "We look forward to welcoming even more players to Battle.net in the weeks and months ahead."
According to Morhaime, Blizzard launched StarCraft II in 11 different languages and on five different continents because "we wanted to make sure as many players as possible were able to log on and play on day one."
The game's release day saw the game hitting the shops in a huge number of regions, including North America, Europe, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.
It looks as though there's still plenty of money to be made out of PC gaming at the moment, as long as you make good games.