With Blizzard announcing today that Diablo 3 will be released on May 15, it was only a matter of time before an analyst rolled out the cart with the crystal ball to make a prognostication about the game's sales.
"Our street-high FY12 EPS estimate of $1.05 assumes first year unit sell-through of 5MM for Diablo III, and assumes that over 1MM of the units incorporate the World of Warcraft 'annual pass' deal which allows WoW players who commit to a one-year subscription to receive Diablo III for free."
The first two Diablo games - including expansions - have sold over 20 million units to date.
While we might make light of analyst predictions, it's tough not to agree that Diablo 3 will sell very well in its first year on the market and will get a slight boost from the World of Warcraft annual pass deal. Of course, World of Warcraft may be the greatest benefactor in such a deal, because people are eager to play Diablo 3 as soon as possible...