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Diablo 3 Officially Arrives in May, Says Blizzard

It's official, and it's not in April, sorry.

The wait is almost over, as Activision Blizzard has announced that Diablo 3 will be officially released from the Burning Hells on May 15, 2012. The PC game will be available in physical form at retailers throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. The digital edition will be available via Battle.net in the same territories as well as Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil.

"Players in the listed Latin American countries and in Russia will be able to purchase Diablo 3 at local retail locations starting June 7. Digital availability for the Russian version of the game will also begin June 7," the company reports. "In addition to the English version, Diablo 3 will be fully localized into Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, European Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean, and Traditional Chinese."

Starting Thursday (today), fans can pre-purchase the digital version here. Current World of Warcraft players are also encouraged to sign up for the World of Warcraft Annual Pass which provides a free digital copy of Diablo 3 when paying for a 1-year commitment to the popular MMORPG. The long-awaited game will be playable immediately whereas the Annual Pass will provide an in-game mount for World of Warcraft as well as access to the Mists of Pandaria beta test. This offer will no longer be available as of 12:01 am PDT on May 1, so head here to get into the cool club.

Diablo 3 will arrive on Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7 and Macintosh at a suggested price of $59.99 USD for both the retail DVD version and the digital version sold directly from Blizzard. Of course, a PC game release wouldn't be complete without a special version for the trinket collector, and Blizzard doesn't fail to deliver. A special alabaster-white Collector's Edition, sold exclusively in retail stores at a suggested retail price of $99.99 USD, will include the full game on DVD, a behind-the-scenes Blu-ray/DVD two-disc set, the Diablo 3 soundtrack CD, and a 208-page Art of Diablo 3 book.

But that's not all! The Collector's Edition will also include a 4 GB USB soulstone -- which includes full versions of Diablo 2 and Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction just itching to be installed on your rig -- and a corresponding Diablo skull base. The Collector's package will also include exclusive in-game content for Diablo 3, World of Warcraft, and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.

"After many years of hard work by our development team and months of beta testing by hundreds of thousands of dedicated players around the world, we're now in the homestretch," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "We look forward to putting the final polish on Diablo 3 over the next two months and delivering the ultimate action-RPG experience to gamers worldwide starting on May 15."

Need to change your pants now? Really, we totally get it. It's OK. Those long hours of clicking into the early-morning hours are about to begin, so now's a good time to start stocking up that little mini-fridge sitting under the desk. You have until May 15, so get busy.

Seriously, we should create a guild for Diablo 3. What would be a good name? Jane's Addiction?

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    gorillateets , March 15, 2012 9:04 PM
    It was a typo. Release date is actually May 15th 20012.
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    ghnader hsmithot , March 15, 2012 9:42 PM
    boring..Was hoping for another delay.
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    bystander , March 15, 2012 8:56 PM
    stm1185A year ago I was super hyped to buy D3, and getting the Collector's Edition! But after finding out about the credit card auction house, the removal of PVP, not just Arena but the random world PvP that made D2 so great; and then getting into the beta and finding isometric spam click isn't what it used to be; I am not buying it at all now.I played D2 for hundreds if not thousands of hours, but D3 looks to be less then D2 was and D2 compared to todays RPGs like Skyrim really wasn't much in comparison. All D3 looks to me is a bunch of spam clicking mobs to get loot that is only good for spam clicking more mobs to get more loot, all of which you could just buy off the AH with your credit card for a few bucks. Whats the point of having the best gear if you can't use it to kick the ass of other players? Or if you could just buy it on the AH?


    How was D2 not spam clicking?
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    Anonymous , March 15, 2012 8:41 PM
    The collector's edition looks like a really good buy.
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    stm1185 , March 15, 2012 8:49 PM
    A year ago I was super hyped to buy D3, and getting the Collector's Edition! But after finding out about the credit card auction house, the removal of PVP, not just Arena but the random world PvP that made D2 so great; and then getting into the beta and finding isometric spam click isn't what it used to be; I am not buying it at all now.

    I played D2 for hundreds if not thousands of hours, but D3 looks to be less then D2 was and D2 compared to todays RPGs like Skyrim really wasn't much in comparison. All D3 looks to me is a bunch of spam clicking mobs to get loot that is only good for spam clicking more mobs to get more loot, all of which you could just buy off the AH with your credit card for a few bucks.

    Whats the point of having the best gear if you can't use it to kick the ass of other players? Or if you could just buy it on the AH?
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    Anonymous , March 15, 2012 8:55 PM
    stm1185, they didn't disable pvp, it just doesn't come with the game on release.
    Also, the spamfest only seems like it because the beta is very easy to beat. Once you up the difficulty on the released game, it should be a lot more challenging and fun.

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    bystander , March 15, 2012 8:56 PM
    stm1185A year ago I was super hyped to buy D3, and getting the Collector's Edition! But after finding out about the credit card auction house, the removal of PVP, not just Arena but the random world PvP that made D2 so great; and then getting into the beta and finding isometric spam click isn't what it used to be; I am not buying it at all now.I played D2 for hundreds if not thousands of hours, but D3 looks to be less then D2 was and D2 compared to todays RPGs like Skyrim really wasn't much in comparison. All D3 looks to me is a bunch of spam clicking mobs to get loot that is only good for spam clicking more mobs to get more loot, all of which you could just buy off the AH with your credit card for a few bucks. Whats the point of having the best gear if you can't use it to kick the ass of other players? Or if you could just buy it on the AH?


    How was D2 not spam clicking?
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    gorillateets , March 15, 2012 9:04 PM
    It was a typo. Release date is actually May 15th 20012.
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    aidynphoenix , March 15, 2012 9:11 PM
    WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FIANLLY
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    gnesterenko , March 15, 2012 9:24 PM
    Already preordered and client downloaded. :D  Come May gooodbyyyyyeee productivity and social life...
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    aoneone , March 15, 2012 9:31 PM
    so when is it coming out? 2016?
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    ghnader hsmithot , March 15, 2012 9:42 PM
    boring..Was hoping for another delay.
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    maxinexus , March 15, 2012 9:43 PM
    I'm already preparing my wife to be a widow for few weeks lol Finally, we have date settled! April was a little too soon.
    stm1185 who cares don't buy if you don't like - me like me wanna play till early morning me go to work a zombie me sleep in bus and miss the stop me walk home me play again till my eyes bleed and me play till my wife takes and hides a keaboard or power cord...dammm she so good at hiding things :D 
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    evga_fan , March 15, 2012 9:52 PM
    Collector's edition already booked months ago!

    As for the pvp: it has not been perfected yet and will therefore not be available in time for the release of the game (may 15th). Little disappointing considering the long overdue, endless delays and criptic BS messages from the producer (as if we haven't heard it all already).
    Anyways, the patch is said to adress that.

    I trust there will be lots of things to do and lots to explore. So you don't have to be worried about not getting your hands full. Trust me there will be plentyful!
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    maestintaolius , March 15, 2012 10:12 PM
    You know, normally I would poo-poo buying a game at release and just wait for the inevitable steam sale and pick it up for
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    alidan , March 15, 2012 10:46 PM
    bystanderHow was D2 not spam clicking?

    what he means is that it was still new back than...

    i really think that games like this should require a controller, if any of you ever played the everquest games like this on the ps2, you know what im talking about. clicking in these games just isnt as fun as it use to be... that said i still love this style of game and will be picking it up around my birthday or christmass... really depends on how good the game is... but im more focused on guild wars 2 right now.
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    beetlejuicegr , March 15, 2012 10:55 PM
    I played the beta D3 for a bit, i have to admit it was not as innovative as i expected, compared to D2 (compared to D1..). The Lineage eternal seems way more innovative for an isometric action-rpg...

    Other than that...don't forget the atmosphere ! the moment you pump up your speakers or your headphones, you get lost inside D3 and you forget the real world :) 
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    sykozis , March 15, 2012 11:00 PM
    stm1185A year ago I was super hyped to buy D3, and getting the Collector's Edition! But after finding out about the credit card auction house, the removal of PVP, not just Arena but the random world PvP that made D2 so great; and then getting into the beta and finding isometric spam click isn't what it used to be; I am not buying it at all now.I played D2 for hundreds if not thousands of hours, but D3 looks to be less then D2 was and D2 compared to todays RPGs like Skyrim really wasn't much in comparison. All D3 looks to me is a bunch of spam clicking mobs to get loot that is only good for spam clicking more mobs to get more loot, all of which you could just buy off the AH with your credit card for a few bucks. Whats the point of having the best gear if you can't use it to kick the ass of other players? Or if you could just buy it on the AH?

    You should really learn how to read. D3 won't have PvP at launch due to difficulties getting it right. PvP will be added after release. The "real money" auction house is completely optional. There's also a gold based auction house.

    Quote:
    On Friday Blizzard's Jay Wilson said that PvP will not be a part of Diablo 3 when the game goes retail (in 2Q12). He said that PvP Arena and its systems aren't living up to their standards in its present form, thus it will be released in a patch following the game's debut.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Diablo-3-Jay-Wilson-PvP-Arena-Action-RPG-PC-Gaming,14980.html

    I'm not sure which it is at this point, but those using the "real money" auction house as a reason to not buy Diablo3 are either ignorant, or just flat out stupid.... Seems only those that really suck at this type game would be using the "real money" auction house as reason for avoiding the game.
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    aidynphoenix , March 15, 2012 11:01 PM
    maestintaoliusYou know, normally I would poo-poo buying a game at release and just wait for the inevitable steam sale and pick it up for


    This Title Will Not Ever be available on Steam.
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    Zeppelingcdm , March 15, 2012 11:14 PM
    Diablo vets you should stop bashing the Action House. I see the Action House as a way to pay for my monthly subscription. Do some Baal run equivalent, score some good gear, put it in the Action House, and let some noob with their daddy's credit card pay for me to play :D . See, it's all about perspective.
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    Zeppelingcdm , March 15, 2012 11:15 PM
    lol I spelled Auction wrong twice. At least I'm consistent. :p 
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    Zeppelingcdm , March 15, 2012 11:17 PM
    LMAO 3 times. Drugs are bad kids.
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    bystander , March 15, 2012 11:22 PM
    alidanwhat he means is that it was still new back than...i really think that games like this should require a controller, if any of you ever played the everquest games like this on the ps2, you know what im talking about. clicking in these games just isnt as fun as it use to be... that said i still love this style of game and will be picking it up around my birthday or christmass... really depends on how good the game is... but im more focused on guild wars 2 right now.


    You can buy a controller for your PC. Even if the game you are using doesn't interface directly with the controller, you can program the controller to do keyboard and mouse clicks. That said, I don't see how playing the same game with a controller, or on a console, would change how fun the game is.

    Hopefully they get the same spirit out of the game as in the past. A lot of times these types of games miss the point. They are designed to be straight forward and linear and have good advancements through gear and character leveling system. This allows you to continue to level and compare your character every play through with the previous, and with good leveling and synergies, you can have fun trying different character setups.

    Titan Quest was a game that was a little boring the first time through, but they got the leveling, synergies and good gear advancement down pat, which made it very addicting. That was the last good Diablo style game I've played. Sacred 2 tried to make it an open world and made advancement way to boring and killed it for me.
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