It’s finally happened, after years of nail-biting and speculation — Diablo III arrives on May 15 pretty much worldwide for Windows and Mac-based computers. The price: $60. Let your loved ones know, warn your employers and clear your schedules, folks.
“The end is nigh!” writes publishers/developer Blizzard Entertainment in the press release. “[The] next chapter in [the] critically acclaimed action role-playing game series, will be unleashed from the Burning Hells on May 15.”
That means you’ll be able to grab a copy from retailers across the U.S. and in Canada, Europe, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand as well as Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. If you live in Mexico, Argentina, Chile or Brazil, Blizzard says you’ll be able to buy Diablo III digitally via the company’s Battle.net website. And if you’re in one of those last few Latin American countries — or Russia — you’ll be able to grab a retail copy on June 7. Also: Blizzard says they’ve localized Diablo III for all the major world languages, from Spanish to Polish and Russian to Traditional Chinese (so that’s what took them so long).
Presales are live today — you can reserve your copy here, says Blizzard.
“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,” said Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime in the press release. “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.”
In addition to the standard $60 version, Blizzard’s offering the usual collector’s fare: An “alabaster-white” version, exclusive to retailers, with a $100 price tag, that includes the game, a behind-the scenes Blu-ray/DVD, the Diablo III soundtrack, a 208-page art book and a 4GB USB “soulstone” harboring copies of Diablo II, its expansion and other miscellany.
Blizzard’s still offering the deal where you sign up for a World of Warcraft Annual Pass and they give you Diablo III free. The company’s saying that offer will finally expire at 12:01 a.m. PDT on May 1.