Blizzard officially announce Diablo III coming May 15

The time is close, the end of days (without Diablo III) are approaching and the grand launch of the greatly anticipated game is imminent. Blizzard announced today that their long awaited sequel “Diablo III, will be unleashed from the Burning Hells on May 15, 2012.”

The company has already put up opportunities to pre-order (well, obviously?) so that users can get on Battle.net the moment it launches… and installs. The sound of battle in Tristram is likely going to be masked by the sound of mobile phones ringing as players book time off work to play.

“Beginning May 15, players around the world will be able to return to Tristram to discover the dark secrets of a fallen star and begin their quest to save Sanctuary from the impending demonic invasion. To secure your place as a barbarian, monk, demon hunter, witch doctor, or wizard right now, simply log in to your Battle.net account, and then purchase and download* Diablo III, and you’ll be ready to play when the game launches.”

The press statement says that the game will be available via retailers in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. For countries such as Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil and many other countries players will be able to buy via Blizzard Battle.Net website – meaning players unfortunately can’t get a nice box to take up some unnecessary space in their rooms.

Diablo III will be available for Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 and Macintosh® at a suggested price of $59.99 USD for both the retail DVD-ROM version and the digital version sold directly from Blizzard. 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-ROM, a behind-the-scenes Blu-ray/DVD two-disc set, the Diablo III soundtrack CD, a 208-page Art of Diablo III book, and a 4 GB USB soulstone (including full versions of Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction®) and corresponding Diablo skull base, as well as exclusive in-game content for Diablo III, World of Warcraft®, and StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty®. Diablo III has received a Mature rating from the ESRB.”

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briangw said,
Always online and no moddability? No thanks.

At least I still have the Eastern Sun mod for D2

+1 the no offline play just stinks of money grubbing to me so I wont be buying it well not untill someone comes up with a crack that allows offline play that is

Might be the greatest game ever but I won't be buying it. I pay the $60 for the privilege of only being able to play the damn thing when I'm online and also subject to their server issues. Add to that it can be killed at any time, say when D4 is released, why keep D3 around. Take away my control I put my wallet back in my pocket. If everyone did that, it would force them to respect customers. The little down time I get on the road I game a little, often with no internet around or dog as hotel slow. I don't need Blizzard up my ass on where I play either.

Hahaiah said,
Might be the greatest game ever but I won't be buying it. I pay the $60 for the privilege of only being able to play the damn thing when I'm online and also subject to their server issues. Add to that it can be killed at any time, say when D4 is released, why keep D3 around. Take away my control I put my wallet back in my pocket. If everyone did that, it would force them to respect customers. The little down time I get on the road I game a little, often with no internet around or dog as hotel slow. I don't need Blizzard up my ass on where I play either.

Unfortunately you might be waiting a long time for the price to go down. Isn't Blizzard notorious for waiting a long time compared to other companies to drop prices?

Will Blizzard offer some sort of download prior to the 15th so that digital copies can be played right at midnight? IIRC Valve and some other companies do this, correct?

Alladaskill17 said,
Will Blizzard offer some sort of download prior to the 15th so that digital copies can be played right at midnight? IIRC Valve and some other companies do this, correct?
Its already available to pre-download.

I cannot understand the fascination with games likes these. They're quite terrible. The replay-ability is null and void. You drop 60+ bucks on a game that you're finished with in a month or less.

Best to just torrent this garbage and save 60 bucks.

VoX said,
I cannot understand the fascination with games likes these. They're quite terrible. The replay-ability is null and void. You drop 60+ bucks on a game that you're finished with in a month or less.

Best to just torrent this garbage and save 60 bucks.

Uhhh? You've clearly never played "games like these" then. Quite a bit of replayability, considering that people STILL play Diablo 2.

VoX said,
I cannot understand the fascination with games likes these. They're quite terrible. The replay-ability is null and void. You drop 60+ bucks on a game that you're finished with in a month or less.

Best to just torrent this garbage and save 60 bucks.


lmao, no comments...

Yay! Been playing beta but didn't want to get too far in since I would just have to start over on release. Can't wait! WoW has been long gone from my life and this will seal the deal.

DKAngel said,
and yet still need to be connected to the net to play

Seen ya here for years... when aren't we connected anymore?

Spyder said,
because characters are stored on the server. it limits character hacking

D2 b.net characters were also stored online. The b.net hacking was just a result of crappy service.

The lack of an offline single-player mode is exceedingly annoying.

For me, and likely some others (but not enough for Blizzard to change its stance), I'm up in the air about purchasing it just because of that.

ffenliv said,
The lack of an offline single-player mode is exceedingly annoying.

sure, but can't that be hacked to get it back?

like have some sort of crack that emulates the server so the game thinks it's connected to the internet. because all of the data is still on the disc right?, just does some online checks?

Another note: World of Warcraft Annual Pass Promotion Ends May 1. Which means if you play WoW and haven't signed up for this, you can still sign up and then get Diablo 3 for free. You just agree to pay for WoW for a year, which is a deal if you already play WoW anyhow. I signed up for that last year so, looking forward to D3 free.

(Spork) said,


yea i dont spend every waking moment on the net like some

I think the assumption 'spedanden' is making is that since you knew PvP will be excluded from launch you should've also read it will be free.

s3n4te said,
They dumbed down the game too much.

Not even close. Instead of EVERYONE running the exact same "optimal build" you actually get to choose what skills you want, and how you want to rune them, all being viable. It takes less thought to go to a website and see where you're supposed to put every skill point.

Otherwise, you still run around clicking on bad guys. Not sure how that's more dumbed down.

s3n4te said,
They dumbed down the game too much.

If you actually played it at all you'd know that they didn't dumb it down. At all. They streamlined it, and it's still just as fun as D2 was.

s3n4te said,
They dumbed down the game too much.

I agree. Diablo I and II used to be dark and hard. WoW (when it was 1.12.1) used to be hard, required more effort to achieve many things. Sadly, WoW became too popular, so stupid kids started playing it, but since they are stupid and can't appreciate the game as it was, they started whining on the forums how they had school and everything was so hard to get. And Blizzard became greedy at that time - they listened to the stupid brats and made the game easier and even more ridiculous - the end gear makes you look like something I can't quite determine - Voltron, Power Rangers and Transformers into one. No NPC or book character, lorewise looks like a Power Ranger... or a Transformer. Thrall looks normal, he used to be the leader of the orcs, the new one, the peanut head, doesn't even look that ridiculous.

And since this gets long, I will cut to the chase.

Blizzard got greedy, they make their games so that kids, funded by their parents' income can play. Diablo III is nothing like the previous games - it's not dark, it's not scary, it's not hard. The items and bags work like in WoW - one box for an item. No stats that you can change.

A pretty stupid game, those who were fans will buy it and be disappointed, while kids will be the only ones who will play.

The real Diablo III is called Path of Exile.

Saex_Conroy said,

blah blah blah

And since this gets long, I will cut to the chase.

Blizzard got greedy, they make their games so that kids, funded by their parents' income can play. Diablo III is nothing like the previous games - it's not dark, it's not scary, it's not hard. The items and bags work like in WoW - one box for an item. No stats that you can change.

A pretty stupid game, those who were fans will buy it and be disappointed, while kids will be the only ones who will play.

The real Diablo III is called Path of Exile.

Its quite dark actually, aesthetically and mood wise. You've played the whole game to know how scary and hard it is? Actually, only rings,amulets and belts take one slot, the rest take two, which really makes the game easier. *rolls eyes*. Dumping all stat points into one or two things because its mathematically optimal is fun and hard. Oh wait no, now you actually have to use gear for stats, and use skills that compliment your gear.

I am a long time fan and the beta makes me feel that if the rest of the game is even half as cool as the beta builds it up to be, it will be 10 times better than Diablo 1 and 2.

Path of Exile wants to be Diablo III. Except it's aesthetically brighter. But at least it has items that take up 8 slots, so that makes it hard and scary, right?

spedanden said,

Its quite dark actually, aesthetically and mood wise. You've played the whole game to know how scary and hard it is? Actually, only rings,amulets and belts take one slot, the rest take two, which really makes the game easier. *rolls eyes*. Dumping all stat points into one or two things because its mathematically optimal is fun and hard. Oh wait no, now you actually have to use gear for stats, and use skills that compliment your gear.

I am a long time fan and the beta makes me feel that if the rest of the game is even half as cool as the beta builds it up to be, it will be 10 times better than Diablo 1 and 2.

Path of Exile wants to be Diablo III. Except it's aesthetically brighter. But at least it has items that take up 8 slots, so that makes it hard and scary, right?

Your sarcasm won't get you far. And what you said still doesn't change a thing.

"Available for Mac."

Huh. For some reason that came as a surprise to me. But it's a good surprise, I'll have to see if my Macbook can handle it.

Intrinsica said,
"Available for Mac."

Huh. For some reason that came as a surprise to me. But it's a good surprise, I'll have to see if my Macbook can handle it.

How is this a surprise? Blizzard has released almost everything they have ever created for Mac!

Diablo 1? Mac. Diablo 2? Mac. StarCraft? Mac. StarCraft II? Mac. Warcraft III? Mac. World of Warcraft? Mac.

How would it be surprising for them to release a game for Mac???

Xenomorph said,
How is this a surprise? Blizzard has released almost everything they have ever created for Mac!
I didn't know that. I haven't played WoW or Starcraft, and Diablo 1 and 2 were years ago when I had a PC.

Thanks for the info though.

Intrinsica said,
"Available for Mac."

Huh. For some reason that came as a surprise to me. But it's a good surprise, I'll have to see if my Macbook can handle it.

Shouldn't have, pretty much all Blizzard games release for both PC and Mac.