Earlier on this week we told you how Blizzard were aiming to avoid any further delays to Diablo 3 by announcing that PVP combat would be removed from the game at launch. While that news was disappointing to say the least, the company has made up for it somewhat by finally announcing a global release date for the game.
After a prolonged wait, we’re pleased to hear that Blizzard has now slapped a May 15 date this year for the game on PC. What’s better is that there is no region restrictions either – all markets will release the game on the very same date so gamers can get their Diablo 3 fix on a global scale.
If you have already decided that the game is a must buy for you, you can pre-order the game now through Blizzard’s pre-purchase program on Battle.net. However to take advantage of this, you’ll need to be in possession of a Battle.net account, so now maybe be the perfect time to register.
The game has finally been given a solid launch date, which is obviously a great thing, but we’re still a little disappointed to see that Blizzard remain silent on a console version of the game. It seems inevitable that an Xbox 360 and PS3 version is coming after Blizzard’s own community manager spilled the details, but perhaps the game is simply not ready yet and they prefer to give this a separate announcement. If that is the case, we wouldn’t be surprised if Blizzard appeared at this year’s E3 2012 to announce a console version for the end of 2012.
Another pressing question is when can we expect PVP combat to feature in the game now that we know it won’t be available for the May 15 launch. Interestingly, Blizzard has added on their website that pre-purchasing the game now will result in an encrypted version of the game which will become available to download, but obviously locked until the May 15 date. Let us know if you plan to get the game straight away, or if you prefer to see if there is a console version instead.
Would Diablo 3 be better on PC or console for you?