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Diablo III May 15th

Blizzard announces a May 15th release date for Diablo III, saying this is when the action/RPG sequel will be available at retail in many territories, and digitally in others. They have kicked off presales of the game on this page, offering the game in either form, as well as in a USD $99.99 alabaster-white retail Collector's Edition. They also offer a reminder that a free copy of the game is to be had for those who sign up for a World of Warcraft annual pass. Here's word:

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.

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53. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 13:19 Undocumented Alien
 
Also the 50 million people who will end up buying this whether I do or not will lead to Blizzard not missing that many sales at all. Sigh

Your 100% correct, people are only "OK" with this because it is a Diablo game, this has been proven by Assassins Creed which got HAMMERED for having an always on, persistent connection to play SP.

Believe me, I'm feeling the peer-pressure myself from my friends.

There definitely holding the Diablo brand over our head and will get away with it. We'll see how the next game goes that tries to imitate this.
 
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52. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 13:07 Fion
 
Dev wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 12:38:
I wonder if its worth replaying the beta to get the achieves again and to see what the state of the game is. Like will they give any of the full achieve beta players anything in the real game (like a unique flag symbol, etc).

If you haven't played the beta in some time it's well worth picking back up. There have been some major changes lately, some good, some great, some controvertial. I personally think the new system is quite good, and the classes have been rebalanced, their skills changed, runes put in at level 6 onward, etc.
 
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51. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 13:04 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Undocumented Alien wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 12:54:
If this were any game but D3(and it IS good, unfortunately, from beta experience) I would bypass it because of the DRM

I total understand that for sure. Being a HUGE D1 & D2 fan, this is very difficult as I don't want to support this behavior by a game company (and most didn't let Assassins Creed get away with it).

Rewarding bad behavior is always a struggle, especially when your a parent and you know you shouldn't, but sometimes it's just easier.

The other side of that coin is, even if I boycott this game, 10-15 people I know IRL have either already pre-ordered or sworn on their ancestors that they will be getting the game. Peer Pressure'd. Also the 50 million people who will end up buying this whether I do or not will lead to Blizzard not missing that many sales at all. Sigh.

The DRM discussion has happened here and on other sites several times already, and I totally agree with the reasons for a boycott. I've compromised those reasons for D3 by seeing it more as a MMO than straight hack and slash single player game, but yes no one should buy D3 without a little guilt at least. Once I'd put 60 hours into the beta though I knew I was really done for.

It'd be easier if we'd seen something of Torchlight 2 by now, or Grim Dawn and Path of Exile didn't look like either vaporware or boring trash. Realms of Ancient War is going to be consolized even more than D3 seems to be in patch 14.
 
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50. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 12:54 Undocumented Alien
 
If this were any game but D3(and it IS good, unfortunately, from beta experience) I would bypass it because of the DRM

I total understand that for sure. Being a HUGE D1 & D2 fan, this is very difficult as I don't want to support this behavior by a game company (and most didn't let Assassins Creed get away with it).

Rewarding bad behavior is always a struggle, especially when your a parent and you know you shouldn't, but sometimes it's just easier.
 
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49. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 12:51 Krovven
 
Dev wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 12:38:
I wonder if its worth replaying the beta to get the achieves again and to see what the state of the game is. Like will they give any of the full achieve beta players anything in the real game (like a unique flag symbol, etc).

I would guess that if you complete the achieve or completing the selected beta achievesthat will result in a Feat Achieve in the final release.


 
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48. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 12:49 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Undocumented Alien wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 12:45:
Since this game requires a persistent online connection to play, you are basically RENTING the game so digital download is the way to go for D3.

Even if Blizzard and B.NET went belly up I can still play D1 and D2, won't be so with D3. No need to own a physical copy of it.

Well, I'm betting that the hackers/independent server community will be all over this. Long term, there will definitely be private D3 servers/offline gaming modes. It has been done for WoW and it'll be far easier for a game of this nature. But yes, you are right, especially for day 1 and X months afterwards, this is a rental.

If this were any game but D3(and it IS good, unfortunately, from beta experience) I would bypass it because of the DRM
 
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47. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 12:47 Undocumented Alien
 
My internet has been down for a total of about an hour in the last 5 years. This is a just a whiney bitch point that isn't a realistic concern.

Some people don't sit in Mom's house in the basement all day so they can play games. Some people travel, whether military, jobs, etc, it's crap that you can't play offline SP.
 
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46. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 12:45 Undocumented Alien
 
Well, like a true old man, I pay cash at any brick and mortar store.

Since this game requires a persistent online connection to play, you are basically RENTING the game so digital download is the way to go for D3.

Even if Blizzard and B.NET went belly up I can still play D1 and D2, won't be so with D3. No need to own a physical copy of it.
 
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45. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 12:38 Dev
 
I wonder if its worth replaying the beta to get the achieves again and to see what the state of the game is. Like will they give any of the full achieve beta players anything in the real game (like a unique flag symbol, etc).  
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44. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 12:33 Creston
 
OneEye wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 12:20:
Creston wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 12:17:
As for Diablo 3, would've loved to buy it, if not for their stupid "Yeah, if your internet is down, go play something else" horseshit.

My internet has been down for a total of about an hour in the last 5 years. This is a just a whiney bitch point that isn't a realistic concern.

Fuck off, troll cunt. On the dipshit list you go.

Creston
 
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43. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 12:32 Creston
 
nin wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 12:20:


With an amazon warehouse right over the border in Kansas, I frequently get my "two day shipping" items the next day after ordering. Love it!


Yup, same here. It's funny because that warehouse is like 50 miles away from me, yet they first ship it to Kansas City, then fly it to Tulsa, then drive it back up towards me. And I'm like "Guys, I'd happily just drive over myself, ya know?"

Creston

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42. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 12:26 Shok
 
OneEye wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 12:20:
Creston wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 12:17:
As for Diablo 3, would've loved to buy it, if not for their stupid "Yeah, if your internet is down, go play something else" horseshit.

My internet has been down for a total of about an hour in the last 5 years. This is a just a whiney bitch point that isn't a realistic concern.

Try living overseas on a military base with limited internet that gets hammered every night at peak times like 5-10PM. It's fine for surfing the web but for online games that require constant connection it is impossible. Satellite internet is an option and some folks do use that but the latency is so high it's useless for most online games which require any kind of reaction time to play. Of course all this is not a realistic concern right?
 
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41. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 12:24 nin
 

Well, well, well it's finally come. The national nightmare is over.


You mean "hell froze over"?


 
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40. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 12:22 Verno
 
OneEye wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 12:20:
Creston wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 12:17:
As for Diablo 3, would've loved to buy it, if not for their stupid "Yeah, if your internet is down, go play something else" horseshit.

My internet has been down for a total of about an hour in the last 5 years. This is a just a whiney bitch point that isn't a realistic concern.

Everyone lives in your neighborhood and uses the same provider after all. It's a totally valid concern.
 
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39. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 12:22 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Yakubs wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 12:11:
Really no reason not to buy the game off of Battle.net directly. It will unlock at midnight so you won't even need to drive home from a midnight release or anything. Plus, Amazon sometimes fails to deliver games on release day even with their guarantee (happened to me with Dark Souls).

A hacker could hack Gamestop's databases too, you know.

Well, like a true old man, I pay cash at any brick and mortar store. Although I do see the convenience of digital download, and I have bought more than enough stuff off of various digital services... ugh, would hate to add my credit card to yet another massive highly targeted database though. I will have to examine their nonsense a bit closer, ie. don't save credit card details, etc.

"Straight Cash, Homie" - Randy Moss.
 
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38. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 12:21 shinchan0s
 
Well, well, well it's finally come. The national nightmare is over. Still, it took them waaaaaaay too long to get here and I still don't think the game will justify the wait (and hype). I'm pretty sure they were rushing these past few months to get it out ASAP.
 
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37. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 12:20 nin
 
Creston wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 12:17:
Yakubs wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 12:11:
Plus, Amazon sometimes fails to deliver games on release day even with their guarantee (happened to me with Dark Souls).

That's never happened to me yet, in roughly 20 games delivered. To be fair, Amazon SHIPS the game the day before, and it's not really their fault if UPS or Fedex fuck up.

As for Diablo 3, would've loved to buy it, if not for their stupid "Yeah, if your internet is down, go play something else" horseshit.

Creston


With an amazon warehouse right over the border in Kansas, I frequently get my "two day shipping" items the next day after ordering. Love it!

 
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36. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 12:20 OneEye
 
Creston wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 12:17:
As for Diablo 3, would've loved to buy it, if not for their stupid "Yeah, if your internet is down, go play something else" horseshit.

My internet has been down for a total of about an hour in the last 5 years. This is a just a whiney bitch point that isn't a realistic concern.
 
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35. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 12:17 Creston
 
Yakubs wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 12:11:
Plus, Amazon sometimes fails to deliver games on release day even with their guarantee (happened to me with Dark Souls).

That's never happened to me yet, in roughly 20 games delivered. To be fair, Amazon SHIPS the game the day before, and it's not really their fault if UPS or Fedex fuck up.

As for Diablo 3, would've loved to buy it, if not for their stupid "Yeah, if your internet is down, go play something else" horseshit.

Creston
 
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34. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 12:12 Alamar
 
Muscular Beaver wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 12:05:
Finally all those fanboy posts like "AMG!!!!! I CUT MY WRISTS IF DIABLO 3 DOESNT COME OUT TOMORROW!!!!!111" will stop.

Only poster I've seen like this, is wild one, and he's against, so clearly not a fanboy...

Maybe you're referring to some other gaming site for kids, run by kids?

We, here at Blues, have mean... Real men... Real crotchety curmudgeons of men, but men nonetheless... : )

-Alamar
 
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