On March 15,2012 Blizzard Entertainment announced the release date for Diablo III. Diablo III will be released on May 15, 2012 and be available thru retail throughout The United States, Canada, Europe, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. The game will also be available digitally in the previous listed locations, as well as Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil thru Blizzard’s Battle.net® website. Gamers in these countries as well as Russia will be able to purchase Diablo III starting June 7,2012. In addition to English, Diablo III will also be translated into Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, European Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean, and Traditional Chinese.

Blizzard has also began taking digital pre-orders on Diablo III. Those looking to pre-order Diablo III should head over to Blizzard to reserve their digital copy of the game.

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

Gamers will be able to enjoy Diablo III on Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 and Macintosh® for a suggested price of $59.99 USD for both the retail version  and  digital version sold directly from Blizzard. A special alabaster-white Collector’s Edition,will only be available in retail stores at a suggested retail price of $99.99 USD,. The contents of the collectors edition 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 has received a Mature rating from the ESRB.

World of Warcraft players looking to purchase a copy of Diablo III can get a free copy by signing up for the World of Warcraft annual pass. Those players who willing to sign to the one-year commitment will receive a free digital copy of Diablo III. That they’ll be able to start playing immediately on May 15 In addition to a free copy of Diablo III, gamers who sign up for the World of Warcraft annual pass will get  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 12:01 a.m. PDT on May 1. Learn more about the annual pass here.

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