Huge Shock of the Day: StarCraft II becomes fastest-selling strategy game ever

The tactical strategy role-playing game that PC gamers had been dreaming about for more than a decade sold more than a million copies in less time than it would take to give Larry King a botox injection.

StarCraft II publisher Blizzard announced today that sales of the new PC title eclipsed one million units almost instantly, within the first 24 hours of availability, and continued to sell strong. It reached 1.5 million copies sold within 48 hours.

According to Blizzard's "internal research," that makes it the fastest-selling strategy game of all time. Leading games retailer GameStop also reported that StarCraft II outsold World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King to become its fastest-selling PC game of all time. More than 3,000 GameStop locations held midnight openings for the July 27 launch, and for many PC gamers it provided an actual reason to go outside in the summer (self-directed zing!).

Above: Still unknown: How many people shelled out $100 for this massive Collector’s Edition bundle

The original StarCraft came out on PC in 1998 and has since sold more than 11 million copies worldwide. What's more impressive, though, is the large community of gamers who continued to play the game for over a decade with only an occasional expansion pack to mix up the experience. Sure, some may call them hopeless geeks but at least they show some dedication.

Though it never earned the acclaim that fellow online behemoth World of Warcraft did, Starcraft has remained one of the most revered real-time strategy games ever released. Work on a sequel had been underway for more than five years.

With a completely overhauled 3D engine, 29 brand new single-player campaign missions, and a veritable army of new combat units to tinker with, those 1.5 million gamers are feeling pretty stoked right now.

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  • xerroz - August 4, 2010 9:31 p.m.

    Record to be beaten by Civilization V in september ;)
  • Spybreak8 - August 4, 2010 6:16 a.m.

    Yup that's what happens when you tell gamers it'll be done when it's done. HERE's MY MONEY I WANT NAAOOH! lol I grabbed the CE but I got a deal that made it only 80 bucks. The art book and soundtrack alone were totally worth it. Game runs decent on my laptop, better on the family desktop! I'm a big time RTS gamer so I was bound to pick this up considering I played the original for like 6 years before I stopped playing. ^^
  • shyfonzie - August 4, 2010 4:18 a.m.

    Dag yo. I understand though.
  • JohnDagger - August 4, 2010 3:38 a.m.

    I was in an eb games on the Tuesday this came out and totally forgot that that was the release date. So I put down the copy of Law-mower Racer Pro 2007 I had in my hand and got this instead.
  • lionarthegreat - August 4, 2010 2:39 a.m.

    im 14 and this is the second game i ever played, the first was diablo and the third was diablo 2 and i still play them to this day, im just unhappy that none of my computers can play the new starcraft
  • grandinquisitor - August 4, 2010 2:32 a.m.

    "With a completely overhauled 3D engine" I hope they would update an 11 year old engine...
  • Cwf2008 - August 4, 2010 2:30 a.m.

    I bet the majority of those people playing Starcraft 1 are from South Korea
  • Silentboy - August 4, 2010 1:59 a.m.

    I wouldnt be suprised if Starcraft became the new religion in South Korea.
  • Doctalen - August 4, 2010 12:40 a.m.

    I was in Gamestop today catching up on games I meant to buy and I seriously considered buying this game instead.
  • Onepersonwithnoopinion - August 4, 2010 12:37 a.m.

    I'm betting that this will break 5 million in about a month. Even I caved into buying this, and it's actually not bad but it's just not worth 60$. That won't stop other people from getting it though.
  • JohnnyMaverik - August 4, 2010 12:36 a.m.

    1. This really isn't very surprising. 2. "Though it never earned the acclaim that fellow online behemoth World of Warcraft did"... really? It's a national sport and on release it earned, while not earth shattering, very positive and consistent praise, so either way you're just plain wrong there. It may not enjoy WoW's fame outside of the gaming community in the west (not to the same degree anyway, although it's better known in that respect than most games), but globally it's in the same league.
  • enlargedhousecats - August 4, 2010 12:23 a.m.

    one melon [gamers], wow
  • Cyberninja - August 4, 2010 12:22 a.m.

    what i want to know is how much of those sales are from korea.

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