10 Most Disastrous Video Game Launches Of All Time
10. Diablo III
A stuttering launch that is still fresh in the minds of the millions of dungeon crawlers across the world was the public release of Diablo III for the PC. Diablo III already garnered up a ridiculous amount of positive steam pre-release as the hugely anticipated RPG became the fastest selling PC game of all time, selling 3.5 million in the first 24 hours. The Diablo success train continued on its interrupted journey to become the biggest selling PC game of 2012, which all sounds happy and terrific today, a year and a half later. However, Blizzard didn't exactly cruise to this success for their beloved franchise without a barrage of fan abuse and internet outrage as the universally despised DRM always on connection played havoc with the servers. Error 37, that little phrase can make Diablo III fans cry tears of blood and screech a war cry to make Genghis Khan turn in his grave. Diablo was a single player game, with optional co-op, with no ability to play offline, which is just the height of silly-ness for a single player campaign. Players went hours, days and some even weeks without being able to log into the servers to play the game they had been waiting ten years for. The DRM was set in place to keep the in game online auction house from being hacked a long with a load of PR gibberish that attempts to cloak the DRM in a positive light. Diablo III eventually ironed out the problems and has also been recently released on PS3 and Xbox 360 with significantly less launch problems, with a PS4 version on the horizon. After all the DRM problems to protect the auction house, Blizzard has announced that the auction houses are to close in March 2014 as they feel it has and still will affect the player base, painting Diablo III in a negative light.