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VIDEO: Diablo 3 Commercial Informs You That ''Evil Is Back''

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.

  • Niva
    Damn straight it's back, and it's about god damned time too!
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  • DroKing
    Video looks epic for sure, and Tobad I cant say the same for gameplay itself along with lame DRM.
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  • Trialsking
    pleez pleez someone pleez tell me why anyone would get worked up over trailer that shows no actual gameplay?!??!?!? I have never understood that. Movie trailers at the very least show you clips of the ACTUAL movie. But most game trailers never show any footage and people get all wet in their pants for them. At least Diablo was playable a week ago so, I know why people are excited. But if I hadn't seen the actual gameplay who the f*ck would care?!?!?!?
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  • kcorp2003
    i need to throw holy water onto my monitor screen now ;)
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  • joe nate
    trialskingpleez pleez someone pleez tell me why anyone would get worked up over trailer that shows no actual gameplay?!??!?!? I have never understood that. Movie trailers at the very least show you clips of the ACTUAL movie. But most game trailers never show any footage and people get all wet in their pants for them. At least Diablo was playable a week ago so, I know why people are excited. But if I hadn't seen the actual gameplay who the f*ck would care?!?!?!?
    "A new Diablo game? A new DIABLO GAME?!?!?! SHUT UP BLIZZARD TAKE MY MONEY!!! It's coming omg omg omg!!!"

    or to the newcomer to the franchise:

    "Angels. Demons. Evil. What is this? Hmmm. Diablo.com... oh this game play and story looks cool, let me read more about it."

    As they say... resumes are for getting you an interview. Commercials, not even exclusive to games, use the same logic - to get you to think about it, when otherwise you might not have been. It doesn't have to be informative. It just has to say the name and that's it.
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  • thrakazog
    Diablo's a great game, but this latest one with simplified mechanics and gold farmers market......not too sure about it. I think I'm leaning on the side of Torchlight 2, myself. We'll see how it turns out.
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  • yzf197
    watched gameplay on youtube the other day.....endless hordes upon endless hordes of hack and slashing. how is this fun? in about two minutes of video the main character moved about 30 in-game feet. i'll stick to skyrim, when i actually have TIME to play pc games....
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  • Marcus52
    D3 was being bashed by some of my fellow beta testers, but frankly I think their comments came mostly out of an unacknowledged jaded viewpoint. The last Diablo was released in 2000 - how can they expect it to feel the same? They are not the gamers they were 12 years ago.

    Frankly, Diablo was never a great game, in my opinion, just a good one. Now that you know I'm not a lover of the game, just a "liker", I can make the comment that this one is far better than D2 in every way, and you can put that in perspective :) . I'll play it mostly because it was part of the Annual Pass deal (you signed a contract guaranteeing that you'd pay for a year's worth of World of Warcraft to get 3 benefits. If you were certain you'd be paying for another year, these things were essentially free). I'm essentially playing the game for free. If I had to buy it, I wouldn't bother.

    It IS fun though, and I'm glad I was able to get it for a price I was willing to pay; I will play it through at least once, certainly. And, I'm not recommending against paying full retail, I do think the game will be worth the price for the overwhelming majority of players.

    The word of caution I give is to all those players with fond memories; the fact is, you are a seasoned vet gamer now, and no company is going to release a game that the average person can't play; pros are always left in the lurch to some degree. There is a "hardmode", but unless they tweak it from the beta, it isn't enough harder to warrant the "hardmode" label, the only thing that lives up to that is the fact that it is a permadeath mode. Die, end of story for that character, create a new one. That's a step in the right direction, in my opinion, but I think I'd rather have a much harder mode than a permadeath mode, and a chance to choose both.

    If you haven't played the previous games - I recommend you don't go back, they are just too dated (I had played the original, but not D2, so I did get a copy recently and played it. Let me put it this way - I got almost to the end, then my beta access became available, and I didn't bother to finish it.) You'll miss the occasional reference to old characters, but frankly I don't think it's worth the effort to play D2 to "get it", those references don't make any real difference to the quality of the story.

    ;)
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  • neiroatopelcc
    When I bought my brand new car in march I decided I'd not buy computer games this year in an effort to save some of the cash I need..... think I'll have to make an exception ; but I'll wait a few days in case it's as much a disappointment as starcraft 2 was (not a bad game, but just not any better than the first)
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  • Zingam_Duo
    What's so epic about that? Diablo's series is going down after Diablo 1, which is my most favorite game and everything about it was epic. And this looks like... some crappy, old FF animation ;) Blizzard lost their essence long time ago.
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