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Diablo III coming on May 15

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After an 11 year wait, Diablo III has a confirmed release date, May 15th. Blizzard announced the release date today and has made the game available for preorder on Battle.net. Other than through digital distribution, Diablo III will be available in hard copy on the 15th in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. In addition to those countries, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil will be able to purchase the digital copy on the 15th, or a hard copy on June 7th. In Russia, the digital copy and hard copy will both be available on June 7th.

Gamers have waited years for this newest Diablo installment and Blizzard CEO and co-founder Mike Morhaime addressed that saying:

After many years of hard work by our development team and months of beta testing by hundreds of thousands of dedicated players around the world, we’re now in the homestretch. We look forward to putting the final polish on Diablo III over the next two months and delivering the ultimate action-RPG experience to gamers worldwide starting on May 15.

The basic version of the game will be retail for $59.99. An alabaster-white Collector’s Edition will also be available in retail stores for $99.99 and 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 IIIWorld of Warcraft, and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.

World of Warcraft players have a unique opportunity to gain a copy of Diablo III free if they make a one-year commitment to the World of Warcraft annual pass. This promotional offer ends at 12:01 PDT on May 1st.

Lucas has evolved in his video game preferences. With a foundation in predominantly sports game, action adventure games are now his favorite to play. He is a competitive swimmer and likes to play volleyball, basketball, and golf.