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Post by andrewus @ 12:08am 16/03/12 | 62 Comments
The question everyone has been waiting for has finally been answered - Diablo 3 will launch worldwide on May 15th!

The news was announced this morning on the Diablo 3 blog, along with a link to the Blizzard store to pre-order the game (USD$69.95, unless you live in Australia where it of course has the Australia tax, so it's AUD$79.95) now and a reminder that if you're interested in picking it up for free, you can do so if you buy a World of Warcraft annual pass.

Check out the press release for the full word. Let the countdown begin! promoted/edited forum item



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Latest Comments
csirac
Posted 12:11am 16/3/12
Worst year to be in a relationship.
Superform
Posted 12:14am 16/3/12
my contract ends on the 16th... coincidence? I think not..
Damo
Posted 12:17am 16/3/12
Worst news ever!

Released the day before I go to Hawaii for a week.
csirac
Posted 12:24am 16/3/12
Worst news ever!

Released the day before I go to Hawaii for a week.

cancel it
DeadlyDav0
Posted 12:26am 16/3/12
Released a few days after my bday. Also a week after my dad's bday. Should get him this. He has probably lost more sleep to diablo 2 than any other game.
Damo
Posted 12:28am 16/3/12
csirac, I wish I could. Already had to buy new plane tickets thanks to air australia.
DM
Posted 12:31am 16/3/12
link
Hogfather
Posted 12:33am 16/3/12
F*****g. Awesome.
reso
Posted 12:38am 16/3/12
billsy
Posted 01:51am 16/3/12
I F*****G CRIED OMG I AM IN TEARS RIGHT NOW
Alikura
Posted 03:59am 16/3/12
Awesome!!
qmass
Posted 04:00am 16/3/12
just watched a max payne 3 trailer which let me know that its release date is may 18th. i spose theyll be relying on console sales for success but it bad timing for the pc market.
Alikura
Posted 04:01am 16/3/12
Worst year to be in a relationship.


Or planning for wedding ...
Seven
Posted 07:15am 16/3/12
Downloading it from Blizzard right this moment
Zapo
Posted 07:38am 16/3/12
15th is a Tuesday! This is madness!!
Mosfx
Posted 07:40am 16/3/12
Planning a wedding and buying a house that needs urgent landscaping, I loose.
Python
Posted 07:55am 16/3/12
Woot woot, book in some leave with work :D
Thundercracker
Posted 08:02am 16/3/12
Most excellent.
bepatient
Posted 08:32am 16/3/12
About bloody time.
darkjedi
Posted 08:38am 16/3/12
Surprised no one has mentioned that we're getting slugged with Aussie Tax for the digital version. Oh wait, it's a Blizzard title so we don't care... right?
Hogfather
Posted 08:53am 16/3/12
Surprised no one has mentioned that we're getting slugged with Aussie Tax for the digital version. Oh wait, it's a Blizzard title so we don't care... right?

Basically, hate to admit it but yes.

Have an EB preorder for this no less ><
paveway
Posted 08:53am 16/3/12
thundercracker i hope you site is ready to take a pounding
Dazhel
Posted 08:56am 16/3/12
That reminds me - I need to order a couple of spare mice.
deadlyf
Posted 08:58am 16/3/12
You read this thread and suddenly that other thread about male gamers having no social life seems far more validated.
Surprised no one has mentioned that we're getting slugged with Aussie Tax for the digital version. Oh wait, it's a Blizzard title so we don't care... right?
It's pretty reprehensible but it is Activision so I guess you should be thankful they aren't asking for $99.99 like they do on Steam.
Damo
Posted 08:58am 16/3/12
Is this going to be treated like WOW where we have to wait till it turns 15/05 in USA before the servers are active or is it 15th here?

That make sense? ha
Eorl
Posted 09:05am 16/3/12
Yay!
darkjedi
Posted 09:05am 16/3/12
Release date is midnight PDT 15/05. Which means servers are on from 5pm AEST for us, something I don't mind in any capacity (means I don't have to be awake at some ridiculous.. oh wait, I'm getting it from the WoW pass thing).
Jimbo
Posted 09:14am 16/3/12
cant wait!
csirac
Posted 09:23am 16/3/12
Just wait for stores to do their details before getting the digital copy.

When sc2 launched d*** smith did a great deal @ 68 + launch day delivery.

That said, some retail stores might do midnight launch stuff.. hmmm
Romper
Posted 09:39am 16/3/12
OMG OMG OMG!

Best news this year so far!
Reverend Evil
Posted 09:41am 16/3/12
A week after my birthday. Coincidence or just a coincidence? You be the judge.
Nathan
Posted 09:45am 16/3/12
Buy a key online off a reputable site like GMG, stuff retailers
Rolly-
Posted 09:52am 16/3/12
Yeah probably grab it off an online key site
Thundercracker
Posted 10:47am 16/3/12
thundercracker i hope you site is ready to take a pounding


Yeah bud. I have a bunch of updates to make to update all the skill info and whatnot, but it's pretty capable of handling load ;)
TicMan
Posted 11:07am 16/3/12
I must be the only person on the planet that is underwhelmed by D3 :S
d^
Posted 11:14am 16/3/12
pretty capable of handling load ;)


hahahah...

What's your site mate?
jconradr
Posted 11:14am 16/3/12
YEA BUDDY!
Thundercracker
Posted 11:21am 16/3/12
http://d3scrolls.com is the site.

It's been sitting there doing very little for the last few months because all my spare time has been sucked up by life in general.

I have to make a few updates but its still operational.

Also ticman, once you get the taste for loot you be back like a crack addicted baby.
andrewus
Posted 11:24am 16/3/12
Seen as how the forum achievements are more for show. I am so proud that I am claiming this one anyways (even though it doesnt actually register)
Wuxtry!
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Tollaz0r!
Posted 11:26am 16/3/12

Worst news ever!

Released the day before I go to Hawaii for a week.


First world problem right there.
Outlaw
Posted 12:20pm 16/3/12
Blizzard will announce the console release date after its out on PC to try and avoid the inevitable flood of tears from teh pc fanbois
kirkoswald
Posted 12:30pm 16/3/12
Wooo hooo 2 days after my birthday!!!
DM
Posted 01:25pm 16/3/12
Blizzard Is the only company I would put up with the tax for because they make such amazing games. Their games have only gone up for me since I played Rock N Roll Racing and The Lost Vikings on snes.
jmr
Posted 01:52pm 16/3/12

Worst news ever!

Released the day before I go to Hawaii for a week.


You sound like you're pretty s*** at life bro
andrewus
Posted 05:01pm 16/3/12
that is awesome d^ !!!!
Mosfx
Posted 05:04pm 16/3/12
lol best logic ever!

I'll download this tonight so I can click the play button for the next 2 months.
iconocast
Posted 05:46pm 16/3/12
so it begins....
tension
Posted 07:41pm 16/3/12
haha awesome
Fade2Black
Posted 08:14pm 16/3/12
Ozgameshop have it for preorder for $53. Oooh also have assassins creed 3 pre order for $39
Mosfx
Posted 08:58pm 16/3/12
Downloading now, 72 minutes lightning fast Blizzard download.
csirac
Posted 10:28pm 16/3/12
Ozgameshop have it for preorder for $53. Oooh also have assassins creed 3 pre order for $39

You'll never get it on launch date with Ozgameshop lol
andrewus
Posted 10:43pm 16/3/12
I have a question.. Is there any point in pre-downloading and installing the game now? Surely there is bound to be changes / patches before release in 2 months time as they finalize all beta testing etc? Or is the download available now the finished game?
Gakthorne
Posted 10:57pm 16/3/12
Why do we pay OVER 40% MORE ... to buy the pre-order... everyone should be outraged..

The Math -> 60 USD @ today's rate of 1.0536 = 56.95 AUD Preorder is 79.95 AUD Difference (23$ More)

40% increase on 56.95 = 79.73... gah price gouging at its worst... fu blizz.
Zapo
Posted 11:05pm 16/3/12
The download will be the core files. It doesn't appear that you can 'install' it until the game has been released - and yes, I would fully expect there to be more content to download on launch day - it would just be a more 'patch size' instead of 'full game' size.
csirac
Posted 11:07pm 16/3/12
Even if there are changes, which is more than likely, your game will patch to the current server version..

Where have you been for the last decade?!
andrewus
Posted 11:27pm 16/3/12
I was merely interested if it would be worth downloading now or next month or the month after. So it makes no difference?
Khel
Posted 11:30pm 16/3/12
Well downloading it now also lets you avoid the rush of people trying to download it when it comes out
csirac
Posted 11:31pm 16/3/12
That's right.

Blizzard will most likely keep the preload version/cd version the same so if there is an update on launch everyone will update from the same base version.
Mosfx
Posted 09:49am 17/3/12
I downloaded it last night it's not even 8gb, downloaded the file in less than an hour which is awesome for Blizzard normally WoW patches take a while because of all the load on the servers. You can't install the game yet so I'll just run the auto-patcher a week before release to grab any larger changes that might have been made.

Also glad I didn't get any Beta keys, the gameplay is going to be fresh and exciting for me

Can't wait been playing D2 to get ready!
Waystedyou
Posted 05:36am 24/3/12
Been so long since D2... lol and another small file size game? i guess they havent really pushed to hard on graphical innovation and so on but who needs that with the great gameplay...
samuelk
Posted 01:44pm 26/3/12
Taking 15th 16th and 17th of work! HA! D3 <3
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