Blizzard are quietly slinking their way to the bank after selling over 2.7 million of copied of their expansion pack Reaper of Souls. The $40 add-on expands the story to the fifth act where the Nephalem protagonist battles Malthael, the Angel of Death. The short campaign addition means most players have been relishing in the new “open world” ability and can slay the Legion of the Burning Hells wherever they choose in the land of Sanctuary.
After almost two years of ironing out the kinks of Diablo III, the strong first week of sales is a likely a relief for Blizzard, who were chastised for including features such as the real money auction house and a constant online connection. In comparison, Diablo III sold over 6.3 million copies in its first week.
“With Reaper of Souls, we wanted to emphasize all the things that Diablo gamers have always loved about the series, from the dark gothic setting to the piles and piles of epic loot,” said Blizzard president Mike Morhaime. “We’re excited to see that players are enjoying the changes we’ve made to the game, and we look forward to achieving our Paragon levels alongside everyone else in the weeks and months ahead.”