Diablo 3 pre-order met with console disappointment

By Alan Ng - Mar 16, 2012

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?

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  • theoppositeofsmart

    As a D2 PC player I just want this on the console.. my PC gaming days are over and PC’s are becoming obsolete for personal use as is.  I’m not going to break the bank on a gaming PC with a new video card when I can just pay 60 dollars and play it on XBOX.  Honestly… why go crazy on new egg when you can just buy an iPad…

  • Mamam

    the guy who commennted before me is less then 16…
    and the game is pego 16   …
    thats why it never should be for console!

  • Sam

    If you buy a decent PC (with SLI and crossfire it’s even cheaper) you can easily play any games on high settings for a long time. Yes there are always new pieces of hardware coming out but, you don’t have to buy it just because it’s out. I mean, people don’t need to get the new Ipod each year. They’re just stupid enough to believe that it is necessary. I bought a computer that wasn’t ultra expensive, (560 ti x2, 2500k) and I can pretty much mac anything on the market right now. Games coming out don’t really push the graphics right now so I could easily keep this comp for the next 2 years or so. It’s also probably gonna beat the next gen of consoles. All those nay sayers with console really don’t get that PC gaming is not that hard or expensive.

    Diablo 3 is a PC game, get over it and go buy some other hack and slash for xbox, there is plenty of that out there.

  • Console? What a joke….

    DIABLO IS PC. Period.

  • Iamtheartster

    Alot of PC hardware used to go obsolete within a year of getting it.
    I purchased a 1st Gen i7 last year and am still very pleased.
    If you get adequate hardware you dont need to worry about obsoletion

  • Dynasty2201

    So a legendary PC game’s sequel is released on PC before the consoles.

    Aaaaand people are upset why exactly?

    Get a PC instead?

    • Ajlanclos

      Its usually easier to own & be a console gamer, because (1) Its convenient and (2) it’s cheaper, because of the PC technology increasing every 3 months. So I would like to see Diablo 3 on console. I do believe I would play it more there than PC.

      • Anon

        The reason why PC games seem to not work well for lower-tier PC gamers relative to consoles is because console games ship with compressed textures, reduced textures and can be optimized at a higher level to the console.

        Then again, they’re not as flexible when you don’t have console/mod ability. For instance, Skyrim’s performance boost mods were pushed months before Bethesda deployed patches for console. And even then, you just have to hope the devs care. If not, you’re out of luck.