Diablo III to be free for 12-month World of Warcraft subscribers

Blizzard is holding its annual fan event BlizzCon this weekend in Anaheim, California as tens of thousands of gamers gather to celebrate the many games from Blizzard Entertainment. Today, during BlizzCon's opening ceremonies, WoW Insider reports that Blizzard made a rather huge announcement for fans of both its hit MMO World of Warcraft and the upcoming fantasy action-RPG sequel Diablo III.

In short, World of Warcraft players who decide to sign up for the 12 month subscription plan will be able to get Diablo III for free when it is released sometime in early 2012. There are apparently no other strings attached to this special deal and you can even be billed monthly for this 12 month commitment to World of Warcraft.

That's not all. Blizzard is also offering those same 12 month subscribers a guaranteed slot in the beta test for the upcoming fourth commercial expansion pack for World of Warcraft. Finally those same customers will be getting a free in-game Tyrael's Charger mount for their characters to us

Diablo III was first announced back in 2008 but as usual for most Blizzard games it has taken a long time to develop. The game finally went into closed beta testing back in September. During BlizzCon's opening ceremonies today, company execs would still not announce a concrete release date for Diablo III but in September said they were aiming for an "early 2012" launch. While the game is currently due out exclusively for the PC, a console version is rumored to be in the works as well.

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