After a few delays and many recitations of Blizzard's "We'll release it when it's ready" mantra, Diablo III finally has a release date: May 15th. On that date, Blizzard's click-heavy action RPG will be available on PC and Mac for $59.99 USD in almost every region. Latin American and Russian players will need to wait until June 7th.

Digital presales for Diablo III start today, World of Warcraft players interested in picking up a free copy may still do so by purchasing a WoW Annual Pass before May 1st.

For interested parties, Blizzard will also be selling a Diablo III Collector’s Edition for $99.99. The retail exclusive package includes a behind-the-scenes Blu-ray/DVD set, a soundtrack CD, a 208-page art book, and a 4GB USB trinket carrying full versions of Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. It will also come with exclusive content for Diablo III, World of Warcraft, and Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty – most likely in-game items along the lines of a WoW minipet.

The press release touts Diablo III’s real money auction house and robust matchmaking, yet it makes no mention of the planned player-versus-player arena. This is likely because Diablo III will be launching without it. “The PvP game and systems aren’t yet living up to our standards,” Blizzard’s Jay Wilson wrote on last week. “After a lot of consideration and discussion, we ultimately felt that delaying the whole game purely for PvP would just be punishing to everyone who’s waiting to enjoy the campaign and core solo/co-op content.”

Source: Blizzard

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  • DOOA - Thursday, March 15, 2012 - link

    Me too, and I was at first disappointed by S2 and D3.
    But you know what? I really enjoyed them despite the "same old fight and plot". I will be buying D3 and loving the same old stuff all over again.
  • carnachion - Thursday, March 15, 2012 - link

    Just got a 1-year WoW subscription. Now I just have to wait until June 7th. It'll be a hard waiting time hehe.
  • frozentundra123456 - Friday, March 16, 2012 - link

    The always online requirement and that auction house stuff are big negatives to me. Why do people hate on EA/Origin so much? This is 10x worse in my opinion. They have almost turned it into an mmo, and I don't mean that as a compliment. I was originally really looking forward to this game, but lack of offline single player is nearly a deal breaker to me.
  • 1ceTr0n - Friday, March 16, 2012 - link

    I'm commander shepard and this is the most tired and boring game series on the citadel
  • Craig Getting - Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - link

  • ludikraut - Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - link

    Let's see, $60, DRM that forces me to stay online to play single player, same tired old story/gameplay, tired looking graphics ... I think not. Fist one was okay, second one was insufferable, this one I'll pass on completely.


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