By Dave Gilmore
1:54 PM EDT, May 15, 2012
Fans across the country lined up at video game retailers late last night to purchase copies of “Diablo III” for the PC and “Max Payne 3” for consoles in what has been a whirlwind 24 hours for gaming.
With a combined 21-year absence since the “II/2” versions of “Diablo” and “Max Payne,” fans were eager to get a jump on the highly anticipated sequels.
“Diablo III” players arrived home after installing their games to a variety of issues due to the game’s overwhelming popularity. Players on Twitter reported getting a dreaded “Error 37” message, stating that the game’s servers were overloaded. The error message soon became a trending topic on Twitter.
Blizzard, which developed and published the game, as well as hosts it on its Battle.net service, addressed the various error issues in a statment on their official forums during the early morning hours Tuesday. The entire Battle.net service had to be taken offline at one point so Blizzard could install more servers to handle the severe traffic.
The game’s official Facebook page posted a message around 4 a.m. (EST) explaining, “that due to a high volume of traffic, login and character creation may be slower than normal. If you're unable to login to the game or create characters, please wait and try again. We've temporarily taken our Battle.net websites offline and launched more servers to accomodate for the traffic. We hope to resolve these issues as soon as possible and appreciate your patience.”
As of late Tuesday morning, it appears that players are having more success logging on to “Diablo III” and creating characters, which is where the original slowdowns seem to have been spotted. The game’s first patch is expected to address an error causing the game to crash when the player tried to interact with a specific character.
While “Max Payne 3” is more of a solo experience than an online one, it is the first title in the series to delve into the multiplayer realm with its “Crews” feature. So far, the multiplayer additions have been well-received by critics and Rockstar has not reported any major problems with the multiplayer servers on Xbox Live or the PlayStation Network.
According to VGChartz.com, “Diablo III”’s preorder figures for U.S. customers were a top-ranked 823,992 units. Between both is Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, “Max Payne 3” preorders were up to 281,597 last week.
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