It’s finally here, ye demon-slaying heroes—the release date for Diablo III. Blizzard has announced that the action role-playing series will unleash its button-bashing goodness onto store shelves and the Battle.net online store on May 15. Those looking to get a free digital copy of Diablo III through the World of Warcraft Annual Pass Promotion have until May 1 to sign up. Global digital presales also began today at the official site.
Diablo III will be available for Windows XP/Vista/7 and Mac for $59.99 on DVD-Rom and digitally through Battle.net. A Collector’s Edition was also announced for $99.99, which will include the game; behind-the-scenes Blu-ray/DVD two-disc set; soundtrack; 208-page art book; 4 GB USB soulstone containing full versions of Diablo II and its expansion, Lord of Destruction; a Diablo skull base; and exclusive in-game content for Diablo III, Starcraft II, and World of Warcraft.
In Diablo III, players take on the role of one of five heroic characters — barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk, or demon hunter — and engage in pulse-pounding combat with endless legions of evil. As they undertake an epic quest to rid Sanctuary from the corrupting forces of the Burning Hells, players will explore diverse and perilous settings, grow in experience and ability, acquire artifacts of incredible power, and meet key characters who’ll join them in battle or aid them in other ways.
Diablo III was built from the ground up to leverage the full functionality of the Battle.net platform, which delivers powerful matchmaking and communication tools, allowing adventurers to seamlessly join forces for exciting cooperative play. Battle.net also provides a secure infrastructure for the Diablo III auction house, a feature-rich marketplace that Sanctuary’s heroes can use to trade their hard-earned treasures. Players will be able to buy and sell weapons, armor, and other valuable items in the auction house in exchange for in-game gold. Players will also have the option to receive real-world currency for auction house sales, which they can apply to their Battle.net Balance for the purchase of a variety of digital products through Battle.net, including Diablo III auction house items, or cash out through a third-party payment service such as PayPal in most regions. Further details related to the auction house will be announced in the coming weeks.
Official Site: Diablo3.com