Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment Inc. has announced the release date for Diablo III, the latest in the Diablo series of action role-playing games, on May 15.
Diablo III, which carries a Mature rating, allows players to choose from five character classes to engage in quests and combat in labyrinthine, treacherous settings and gain powerful artifacts. Players can join in a multiplayer game, engage in player-versus-player combat, and trade objects on the auction for in-game currency, or have the option to receive real-world currency in exchange for certain items, which can be used to purchase digital products from Battle.net or cashed into a PayPal account.
Players who purchase an annual pass for Blizzard’s other multiplayer role-playing game, World of Warcraft, before May 1 will receive a free digital copy of Diablo III on the game’s release date, as well as access to the beta test of the upcoming World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria expansion.
“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, Blizzard CEO and cofounder. “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.”
The dark fantasy game will retail for $59.99, and the collector’s edition will include extras and special DVD features for $40 more. Players can also preorder a digital copy of Diablo III at diablo3.com.
Blizzard to lay off 600 employees
Blizzard Entertainment auctions original World of Warcraft server blades
Blizzard announces 4th World of Warcraft expansion