Hell hasn't frozen, though Blizzard did finally commit to a shipping date for Diablo III, the highly anticipated third installment in the popular hack-and-slash Diablo franchise. The game comes out two months from today on May 15, and if you're chomping at the bit, you can put your preorder in right this very second (Battle.net account is required). It's $60 for the digital version, or free if you sign up for a World of Warcraft Annual Pass.
"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 , CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "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 launch in the U.S., Canada, Europe, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau; gamers living in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil will be able to buy Diablo III digitally on Blizzard's Battle.net website, while gamers in Latin American countries and in Russia will be able to get their hack-and-slash on starting June 7.
Blizzard also plans to sell a Collector's Edition bundle in retail stores. It will consist of the game on DVD, a two-disc DVD/Blu-ray set with behind-the-scenes coverage, Diablo III soundtrack CD, 208-page art book, a 4GB USB soulstone with full versions of Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, and other extras.