Diablo III Launches to Long Lines at Midnight

Paul Lilly

The much anticipated third installment of the popular hack-and-slash Diablo series launched earlier today at one minute past the stroke of midnight, which means some of you reading this (or not reading this, at it were) have been giving your mouse a workout for around eight hours straight. Those who didn't download a pre-ordered digital copy ahead of time faced potentially long lines at retail stores, such as the one seen here at a Fry's Home Electronics store in Las Vegas.

"Twenty years have passed since the Prime Evils were defeated and banished from the world of Sanctuary," Blizzard explains on its Battle.net site. "Now you must return to Tristram and investigate rumors of a fallen star, an omen that the End Times have begun."

Diablo III, a PC exclusive, carries a console price tag at $60, and you can tack on another $22 or $37 if you plan to purchase the Diablo III Signature Series Strategy Guide or thet Limited Edition hardcover version. There's also a Collector's Edition of Diablo III that sells for $100 and comes with a handful of extras, like a Diablo skull base and 4GB USB soulstone with full versions of Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, as well as an art book, soundtrack, and behind-the-scenes DVD/Blu-ray set.

It's been more than a decade since Diablo was released, and about 15 and a half years since the original Diablo game came out. That prompted CNet to pose the question of whether or not Diablo is still relevant, which you can read here . Alternately, you can wait for the inevitable landslide of reviews to roll through the Web. That is, if you're not already playing Diablo III and answering that question yourself, which leads us to our own question:

Did you pick up (or plan to purchase) Diablo III ? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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