Analyst Expects 5 Million In StarCraft II Sales First Year

by Phil Kollar on May 04, 2010 at 10:04 AM

With a release date for the wildly anticipated StarCraft II finally confirmed, it's time for the speculation to begin on just how well Blizzard's latest release will perform. Brace yourself: Early predictions suggest that StarCraft II is going to sell very high numbers.

Gamasutra reports that Cowen group analyst Doug Creutz is prediction as much as five million units sold globally for StarCraft II in its first year of release. Creutz's estimate is based off the strong worldwide popularity of the first game, which has sold "roughly 10 million units worldwide since its launch 10 years ago."

Don't think that five million will be the end of the story, either. StarCraft II is sure to continue selling as the Zerg and Protoss campaigns are released, giving the game another push of buzz, and Creutz points out that they don't expect a Chinese release for StarCraft II until some time in 2011.