A Stern Agee analyst believes Diablo III will mirror the commercial success of its predecessor by selling 3.5 million units in 2012 alone.
Arvind Bhatia states that publisher Activision Blizzard’s Q1 FY12 financial results, which will be released on May 9, is due to meet street expectations. He also notes that the company's forthcoming action RPG Diablo III can ensure that stock pricing soars following its release this month.
In his industry note, Bhatia said despite Diablo III launching "after a gap of 12 years," it holds the "potential to sell more than 4 million units life-time, including 3.5 million units this year." Furthermore, he said that Diablo II sold an accumulative of four million units by August 2001, which was 14 months after its June 2010 release.
Diablo III is due for a worldwide launch on May 15.