In case you missed its debut Sunday night, the "Evil is Back" commercial for Diablo 3 can be seen below. The clip is epic to say the least, leaving fans on the edge of their seat and wanting May 15 to arrive sooner rather than later.
Unfortunately, the cinematic tease arrives just as Blizzard pulls the plug on its private beta testers for good. As of May 1, the beta servers will be taken offline -- beta accounts and their character information will be reset.
"Leading up to Diablo's May 15 launch date, players will only be able to create comments and forum posts on the official Diablo 3 community site if they have pre-purchased Diablo 3 or have a StarCraft II or an active World of Warcraft game license attached to their Battle.net account," the company said on a blog weeks ago.
"We'd like to thank everyone who has participated in the Diablo 3 beta," the company added. "You've done an admirable job of testing, and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback you provided during this critical phase of development."
The next fifteen days my be pure hell for those anxiously waiting for the new Diablo sequel. To make the anticipation worse, fans will likely see increased coverage as Blizzard cranks up the marketing flow, fueling the fire. The hype will climax at the eve of the game's launch, May 14, as Blizzard and participating retailers around the world play host to special launch events.
For those residing in Irvine, California, Blizzard will have an official launch event in the Great Wheel Court of the Irvine Spectrum Mall. The "festivities" will start at 8:00pm PDT on May 14 and include multiple giveaways, entertainment, and contests offering exclusive Diablo 3-themed prizes including laser-etched desktop PCs from Intel. The team will also be on hand to meet with players and to sign physical copies of the game.
"In addition to the official US launch event, other retail locations around the country will open at midnight to support gamers looking to pick up their copy of the game the moment it goes live," Blizzard said last Wednesday. "Please check with your local retailers for further details."
Diablo 3 is almost here. The excitement is nearly thick enough to cut with a dagger, and the TV spot seen below is an example of why Blizzard remains at the top of the PC gaming crop. C'mon May 15, hurry up already.