Today is the Ides of March, so it is an appropriate time for Blizzard Entertainment to announce that in only two months Diablo III will be released. Yes, this morning Blizzard sent out a press release letting us know that the game will be launching May 15th. Those people who have not yet signed up for the World of Warcraft Annual Pass, which gives you a free digital copy of Diablo III, will be able to do so up until May 1st. This is as close to a global launch as they could get of the game, which the majority of territories getting access to D3 on launch day. Those who live in Latin American countries and Russia will get their versions of the game June 7th.
“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 cofounder 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.”
For those wishing to purchase a hard copy of the game, Diablo III comes in two flavors: Standard and Collector's Edition. The Standard Edition will sell for $59.99, but for 40 bucks more you can get yourself the alabaster white Collector's Edition 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 III, World of Warcraft, and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.
Diablo III will be available for Mac and PC May 15, 2012. Your souls will be forfeit soon thereafter.