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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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13. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 10:46 Frijoles
 
nin wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 10:07:
Yeaa!!!!! My amazon preorder is still locked, it looks like.

If you pre-order with Amazon before they show the same-day shipping, does it switch over to that? I've been thinking about pre-ordering it for a while, but not if they're going to deliver it a week late.
 
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12. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 10:44 eRe4s3r
 
Undocumented Alien wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 10:40:
Isn't it beautiful when 66% of a games press release is about RMT and DRM bullshit instead of the actual game?

Well, since they ripped offline SP away, they need to make it look shiny and awesome to HAVE TO play online with B.NET.

I hadn't thought of it that way. I guess catering to the ones you are definitely gonna reach is better than making those happy who already hate you anyway.

Also I don't hate D3, I hate ActiBliz and what they do to a game series I once liked ... big difference.
 
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11. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 10:40 Undocumented Alien
 
Isn't it beautiful when 66% of a games press release is about RMT and DRM bullshit instead of the actual game?

Well, since they ripped offline SP away, they need to make it look shiny and awesome to HAVE TO play online with B.NET.

The game "should be" called "World of Diablo", it's technically a different game if you are removing a whole mode.
 
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10. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 10:39 WarChilde
 
Verno wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 10:17:
I haven't put in any Demon Hunter time lately in the beta, does it play any better since the retooling? It was a really awkward skill/dual resource mix that just didn't flow well.

The current game build seems pretty good. Feels more natural to use the Hatred generators/spenders and then throw in Discipline spenders to gain tactical advantages (as much as that's really needed in the beta...)

My biggest concern at this point is with the Barb. What feels like the best Beta build doesn't use a single resource spender and my theorycrafting says I should be able to carry this through with multiple builds through normal mode.
 
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9. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 10:38 nin
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 10:34:
Isn't it beautiful when 66% of a games press release is about RMT and DRM bullshit instead of the actual game?

I still think Activision is planning to use b.net as an alternative to steam, and I'm a little surprised they're taking so long. Not that I'm overly excited about that prospect...

But don't worry kids! Even though your favorite dev sells out to the big publisher, we promise everything will stay the same! There'll be no changes here! Just ask Blizzard and Bioware!


 
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8. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 10:37 Yakubs
 
Booya. Haters gonna hate.  
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7. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 10:34 eRe4s3r
 
Isn't it beautiful when 66% of a games press release is about RMT and DRM bullshit instead of the actual game?  
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6. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 10:23 InBlack
 
I did a playthrough of the Demon Hunter (pre patch13) on a friends account. Have to say that it seemed weird/gimped, until I found a high damage bow.

Will definitely be starting out with a DH. Seems like the best PvE character so far, especially with some of those wicked rune combinations.
 
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5. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 10:21 nin
 
Alamar wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 10:15:
On the one hand, YAY... we have a date...

On the other... I don't want to wait 2 months... : (

-Alamar

We've waited this long. Another 2 months is a drop in the bucket.

 
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4. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 10:17 Verno
 
I haven't put in any Demon Hunter time lately in the beta, does it play any better since the retooling? It was a really awkward skill/dual resource mix that just didn't flow well.  
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3. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 10:15 Alamar
 
On the one hand, YAY... we have a date...

On the other... I don't want to wait 2 months... : (

-Alamar
 
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2. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 10:09 Verno
 
What's next, DNF will come out? Oh shit.  
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1. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 10:07 nin
 

Yeaa!!!!! My amazon preorder is still locked, it looks like.

 
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