Diablo III raging May 15

Blizzard's long-awaited action role-playing game scheduled to arrive this May for PC and Mac; prepurchases live on Battle.net.

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The wait for Diablo III is nearly over. Blizzard Entertainment today attached a May 15 release date to the long-awaited action role-playing game. Gamers can prepurchase the title today on Battle.net.

The Demon Hunter joins familiar faces to face down Diablo this time around.

Beginning on May 15, gamers can purchase Diablo III at brick-and-mortar retailers throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. Additionally, players in those regions--as well as in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil--will be able to purchase a digital copy of Diablo III via Battle.net.

Diablo III continues its worldwide release in June. Starting June 7, gamers in the above-mentioned Latin American regions and Russia can purchase Diablo III at physical retailers.

On top of the English version of Diablo III, the game will be "fully localized" into Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, European Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean, and traditional Chinese.

Diablo III will be launched without its multiplayer player-versus-player arena component. That part of the game will be delivered digitally to gamers at later date via a patch. When the multiplayer component is launched, it will include "multiple arena maps with themed locations and layouts, PVP-centric achievements, and a matchmaking system," as well as a "personal progression system."

Diablo III will be available for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 machines, as well as Macintosh computers at a $60 (£44.99) price point. A premium Diablo III Collector's Edition will be sold exclusively at retail for $100 (£69.99). This version includes behind-the-scenes video, the game's soundtrack, and a 208-page art book.

On top of those items, the collector's edition includes a novelty 4GB USB drive, which includes full versions of Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, as well as exclusive in-game content for Diablo III, World of Warcraft, and Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty.

World of Warcraft gamers who sign up for a World of Warcraft Annual Pass before 12:01 a.m. PT on May 1 will receive a free digital copy of Diablo III.

Diablo III is the first title in the series since 2001's Diablo II: Lord of Destruction expansion and will add a variety of new features, character classes, and a new auction house system designed as "a new way for the company to pull revenues from the game."

For more on Diablo III, check out GameSpot's latest preview.

Discussion

475 comments
Gliave
Gliave

They better have not removed the "reveal map" feature from this installment. Without it, the game is just another Torchlight.

foojam
foojam

Most overhyped game ever, you do always the same thing, click click click, have fun guys.

White3rry
White3rry

played the beta with some friends with our server, it is good;D love the witch doctor

vadagar1
vadagar1

WAIT they say may 15 but they did not mention which year!!!!??? BLIZZARDDDDDDDDD *rage face*

Diarma10
Diarma10

Great news! This will tide me over quite nicely until Torchlight 2 gets released ;)

vadagar1
vadagar1

hmmm but we did "banish" diablo 2 times already, how is he gonna come back now :P!!! hope its a good story

pyroone
pyroone

oh man, my gtx260 just good enough to play on high quality... whew!

cell_dweller
cell_dweller moderator moderator

I will be locked in my room for a few weeks after May 15...

Runock
Runock

@cyborg9 Noone wonders why you have summer schooling.

cyborg9
cyborg9

May 15th I have summer school that day..... who are they trolling LOLOL def skipping that day

Knoar
Knoar

You can tell how happy us gamers are by scrolling down and noticing how many positive comments there are, with thumbs-ups. It feels like Christmas!

gstealer
gstealer

Ugh... I don't want to create high hopes and then have the game delayed again. I just hope that when the time comes to play it, it'll be as good as it seems.

pyroone
pyroone

Diablo will require a constant connection because of gear can now be auctioned for real money. I would never pay for digital gear but hey, whatever makes people happy, more power too them. This might cause some anger with the PVP players, the guy that spends the most will have the best gear, but I'll be playing single player only anyway. Plus who knows when the pvp patch will be released.

Chronologo
Chronologo

That collectors edition has "behind the scenes"?? I bet that would be longer than any lord of the ring's extended edition movies LOL

hilikus00
hilikus00

@Agent-M. Totally agree with you. I'd understand the game being online if it's only for the multiplayer part but for the lack of atleast the offline singleplayer? Same as you, I'm ranting about it! Haha. If we buy a game don't you think we buyers/gamers should atleast have the rights to play and use it anytime we want without being online, and not just it being a display disk when we are offline? Anyways, damn I'm excited about D3! I have a feeling that I'll be playing this game for a very very long time, years I would say! Let's just hope the game that they've made for so how many decades will give as a totally better and awesome gameplay!

juliano001
juliano001

Playing Deus Ex. Until May i will finish it. Then i will play Diablo 3. I was thinking i would play Skyrim were i left my char before embarking in Deus Ex, but frankly it will have to wait. Lol.

Jd1680a
Jd1680a

Wow Diablo 3 on May 15th, just added it to my calendar.

SeveNVoldiZm
SeveNVoldiZm

Whoah... AT LAst .... !! I've been waiting for 12 years ...

Agent-M
Agent-M

Although I am still upset about the lack of off-line singleplayer I still hope Diablo III delivers a wonderful experience.Lets just hope PVP is balanced.

Runock
Runock

I thought they would have released this 10 years ago but then they took an arrow to the knee.

Uchiha_Sasuke1
Uchiha_Sasuke1

The in game gameplay is kind a slow. Watching the demo video on diablo III looks right, but I'm having problem looking at it as a fast game. The game looks like it had major face lit on graphics only.

Lostinthebliss
Lostinthebliss

I like the video posted above. The girls voice makes me feel bland and empty. Way to make me feel pumped about my crappy computer and no shadows. Maybe i wanted to run D3 on my POS. Hater.... I grew up with this stuff. D1, D2, Warcraft, Warcraft 2 Im just not feelin it. This feels like its been in production for soooooo long, im over it before it started. ( sounds like a good album name ) Ive become an old man. Pass.

AHarmlessMouse
AHarmlessMouse

Im going to buy it so Blizz it better be a whole lot better than D2!

Kayweg
Kayweg

preorder = unqualified buying decision based on hype. And for what ? bragging rights with your buddies ? I'm pretty sure i'll buy D3...after EURO 2012 and after the summer....a time in which i've got much better things to do than gaming ;) Good thing we have a release date though, maybe now we can go back to discussing the game and not blizzard's release tactics.

Elann2008
Elann2008

@lyncer777 You're over-thinking it. It's official - May 15, 2012.

Elann2008
Elann2008

I wish the collector's edition came with a nice statue of the barbarian or demon hunter or something.

lyncer777
lyncer777

''Blizzard's long-awaited action role-playing game scheduled to arrive this 'MAY' for PC and Mac'' 'May' is the keyword here. MAYbe yes, MAYbe not. dissMAY...

famekiller
famekiller

I'm betting when released 50% of gamers will rave on how awesome this game is, and 50% will bag the crap out of it. Worst game ever, wasn't worth the wait, bla bla bla.

aamir69
aamir69

@ those who thinks that the game will be a disappointment, you can never count blizzard out of any competition atleast not until D3 is out. Beside their delays & everything i still respect blizzard for the quality of games they release. When they released starcraft 2 they released a great RTS in an era where everyone is running after FPS. For me, it was the best game of 2010.

she3sh
she3sh

i think it will be good

ninjaslug
ninjaslug

haha,at last! expectations are very high i hope(but don't think so) DIII can satisfy us. P.S- 60 bucks?too expensive

ROMEOHELL
ROMEOHELL

for those who have not got the chance to play beta ... i say to them DON'T get your hopes up toooo high . I aint spending 60$ on this . sooo saad since i'm a big fan of diablo .

commander1122
commander1122

eyebrowless Posted Mar 17, 2012 11:32 pm PT Probably the biggest game for me to come out until Half Life 3 +1 agree...can keep u busy for whole year....wait until Half life 3

jimmytaker
jimmytaker

@FkThisName "playing as a child"... well that explains everything...

eyebrowless
eyebrowless

Probably the biggest game for me to come out until Half Life 3

nirmanag
nirmanag

Finally!!! I can't wait to get hands on this

FkThisName
FkThisName

Im confused why everyone is excited. Even as a child I found Diablo 2 excessively redundant. Do the same thing over and over. Kill Diablo and then do all the same maps again. Maybe this version will be different. Everyone already knows it will get a good review since a) For some bizarre reason, wow is also in the top ten of popular games which is always full of new or games or ones that are coming (see reason b). b) The large amount of advertising dollars blizzards spends at gamespot.

hilikus00
hilikus00

if only they could just atleast make the singleplayer offline so i can utilize what i bought is not only having the disk as a display but playing the game as well anytime i want even offline without a connection.. =( oh well.. releasing the game now is still such a good news..

vadagar1
vadagar1

its about Frigging time Blizzard took you long enough.... hope it has more than 20+ quests this time

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

@DarthLod Hear hear. My sentiments exactly.

lilromeo0606
lilromeo0606

It's funny. I lost all hope that this game would ever release this year...then BAM...May 15th. The little kid inside of me was just excited with glee. This is the first game in many, many years, that I have actually pre-ordered. Do not disappoint Blizzard...Do not disappoint..