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Back to Hell: Diablo III confirmed for May 15 release

Blizzard's confirmed that Diablo III will release globally on May 15, with worldwide digital pre-sales kicking off today. Digital and retail versions have been priced, and a CE announced.

Blizzard has finally confirmed a street date for Diablo III: the action-RPG will release globally on May 15.

Gamers will be able to buy the hugely anticipated title through retailers in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau on launch day.

In addition, gamers in the regions above as well as in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil will be able to buy Diablo III digitally through Battle.Net.

Players in the listed Latin American countries and in Russia will be able to purchase Diablo III at local retail locations starting June 7. Digital availability for the Russian version of the game will also begin June 7.

In addition to the English version, Diablo III will be fully localised into Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, European Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean, and Traditional Chinese.

Buy, buy, buy

Global digital pre-sales for Diablo III are now live. You can reserve digital copies here.

“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 Blizzard chief Mike Morhaime.

“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.”

Diablo III will be available for PC and Mac at a suggested retail price of £44.99 for both the retail version and the digital version sold directly from Blizzard.

An alabaster-white Collector’s Edition, sold exclusively in retail stores at a suggested retail price of £69.99, will include the game, 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 4Gb 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.

More than 1 million players have already signed up for the WoW Annual Pass, giving Diablo III free with a 1-year commitment to the MMO. If you do this, you'll also 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 09:01 a.m. CEST on May 1. Get more info here.

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