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Diablo 3 Digital Pre-Orders Go Live, Release Date Confirmed

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Diablo 3 Digital Pre-Orders Go Live, Release Date Confirmed

Finally Emerging From The Depths Of Hell

This bit of news has been a long time coming, but we’re finally at the point where pigs are flying over a frozen hell. This afternoon developers Blizzard Entertainment released details regarding the digital pre-orders of the long-awaited hack-and-slash, dungeon-crawling epic Diablo 3. It was also confirmed that we will finally be getting our hands on the game in two months time, on May 15th.

Pre-orders had previously only been available to those that had signed up for the World of Warcraft Annual Pass, but now everyone can prepare to get in on the action, although the digital version will set you back €59.99 if you buy directly from Battle.net. The Collector’s Edition, which was announced at Blizzcon 2011, will also be available for those who want a rather bountiful selection of extras, but it will only be purchasable at retail and online stores for €89.99.

Despite the recent news and worry that last minute tweaks to the game would upset the focus of the game, Diablo 3 continues to be one of the most anticipated games of the year. It has been revealed that 1 million players have already paid for the WoW Annual Pass, meaning the game has been selling well even ahead of today’s announcement. In short, we will finally know in May if the long wait for one of PC gaming’s most iconic series has been worth it. You can find out more about Diablo 3 at the official website here, and find out more about the pre-orders at the link here.

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Tsung  Mar. 15, 2012 at 15:04

Great News, Now if only there was a place in the UK I could (pre) order the Collectors edition...

(except game / gamestation) :P

hurrakan  Mar. 15, 2012 at 15:09

Another ruined franchise, I fear.

That is, if it requires a permanent Internet connection for the single-player game.

DivideByZero  Mar. 15, 2012 at 15:38

"Another ruined franchise, I fear.

That is, if it requires a permanent Internet connection for the single-player game."

How could a need for an internet connection mean a game is less good? Sure, probably means you can't sell it on, but should make no difference to the game itself.

hurrakan  Mar. 15, 2012 at 18:15

How could a need for an internet connection mean a game is less good? Sure, probably means you can't sell it on, but should make no difference to the game itself.

In the "good old days" there were awesome single-player games that just worked out of the box without any additional requirements, and without having to rely on services provided by third-parties that you have little control over.

There is no good reason for a single-player game to require an Internet connection. If somebody think's there is, they are wrong and should research a better solution.

Tsung  Mar. 15, 2012 at 20:01

Amazon now has the collectors edition available for Pre-Order.

DivideByZero  Mar. 16, 2012 at 11:53

Steam requires an internet connection... I like Steam. Therefore I disagree with you in your general statement.

But, just for DRM with no other benifits may well be a stupid idea and will just lead to legit buyers using hacks, as OTT DRM so often does.

hurrakan  Mar. 16, 2012 at 12:44

> Steam requires an internet connection

Only the first time (to activate the game). Then you can play offline.

RiKx  Mar. 16, 2012 at 12:51

> Steam requires an internet connection

Only the first time (to activate the game). Then you can play offline.


Hmmm kinda as long as you entire off-line mode BEFORE you go offline. Fell into this trap a number of times on my laptop where cant play on train as have not restarted in offline mode first...upsetting :/

hurrakan  Mar. 16, 2012 at 18:46

I often have PeerBlocker running on my computer, which blocks incoming/outgoing network traffic based on IP address. By default, it blocks all valve/steam servers.

But I've never been unable to play a Steam game in offline mode.

But to be honest, I would prefer if the online activation wasn't necessary at all.

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