Diablo III release date announced

Blizzard Entertainment has finally given us an official dream to hold on to. The global release date for Diablo III is 15 May 2012.

Local distributor of Blizzard products, Megarom, has confirmed that this is also the release date for South Africa.

As if it needs an introduction, Diablo III is the highly anticipated hack ‘n slash RPG in the series which pretty much defined the genre on PC way back in 1998.

Blizzard has kicked off global digital pre-sales for Diablo III today. Would-be wizards, witch doctors, demon hunters, barbarians, and monks throughout the world can head to Blizzard’s website to pre-purchase.

“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 Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. “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.”

Diablo III will be available for Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7 and Macintosh at a suggested price of €59.99 for both the retail DVD-ROM version and the digital version sold directly from Blizzard.

Previously Megarom told MyGaming that the Recommended Retail Price (RRP) is R499 for the standard edition and R799 for the Collector’s Edition, but warned that these prices are subject to change due to the unconfirmed release date at the time.

Megarom is currently in the process of confirming the final RRP for the various editions of the game on the back of the just-announced release date.

Meanwhile, World of Warcraft players interested in getting Diablo III for free can do so by signing up for the World of Warcraft Annual Pass.

Through this promotion, with a 1-year commitment to World of Warcraft, players will receive a free digital copy of Diablo III, as well as an exclusive World of Warcraft in-game mount and access to the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria beta test. This offer will no longer be available as of 09:01 a.m. CEST on May 1. Learn more at the WoW Annual pass webpage.

About Diablo III

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 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 easily join forces for 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.

For more information on Diablo III visit the official Diablo III website.

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