After a few delays and many recitations of Blizzard's "We'll release it when it's ready" mantra, Diablo III finally has a release date: May 15th. On that date, Blizzard's click-heavy action RPG will be available on PC and Mac for $59.99 USD in almost every region. Latin American and Russian players will need to wait until June 7th.

Digital presales for Diablo III start today, World of Warcraft players interested in picking up a free copy may still do so by purchasing a WoW Annual Pass before May 1st.

For interested parties, Blizzard will also be selling a Diablo III Collector’s Edition for $99.99. The retail exclusive package includes a behind-the-scenes Blu-ray/DVD set, a soundtrack CD, a 208-page art book, and a 4GB USB trinket carrying full versions of Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. It will also come with exclusive content for Diablo III, World of Warcraft, and Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty – most likely in-game items along the lines of a WoW minipet.

The press release touts Diablo III’s real money auction house and robust Battle.net-based matchmaking, yet it makes no mention of the planned player-versus-player arena. This is likely because Diablo III will be launching without it. “The PvP game and systems aren’t yet living up to our standards,” Blizzard’s Jay Wilson wrote on Battle.net last week. “After a lot of consideration and discussion, we ultimately felt that delaying the whole game purely for PvP would just be punishing to everyone who’s waiting to enjoy the campaign and core solo/co-op content.”

Source: Blizzard

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  • sleepeeg3 - Thursday, March 15, 2012 - link

    Wait 1 week. Reply
  • chrnochime - Thursday, March 15, 2012 - link

    So then go make us a game that's better than D3 at even cheaper price. What are u waiting for anyway?? Reply
  • mcnabney - Thursday, March 15, 2012 - link

    Torchlight 2

    Thanks for the tip!
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  • ThePooBurner - Thursday, March 15, 2012 - link

    100$ for the collectors edition? I paid 60$ for the collectors editions of the first 3 WoW games. This pricing is utter bullcrap. Reply
  • scook9 - Thursday, March 15, 2012 - link

    I pre-ordered this off amazon like 2 weeks ago, along with Heart of the Swarm. Did amazon jump the gun or is this just dated news? Reply
  • Craig Getting - Thursday, March 15, 2012 - link

    Amazon will let you buy something before it has a release date. Reply
  • Dustin Sklavos - Thursday, March 15, 2012 - link

    To think that in the time it took Blizzard to make Diablo III, BioWare was able to make the entire Mass Effect trilogy.

    Sorry Blizzard, I don't believe I'll be rewarding incompetence today. :)
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  • Iketh - Sunday, March 18, 2012 - link

    I would call it laziness/apathy. WoW is providing all the funds they need.

    Same reason for 10 years for SC2...
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  • ananduser - Thursday, March 15, 2012 - link

    D3 another hack'n'slash that will shine in builds and item raiding. That's about it. Sadly Blizz has never evolved from its past and keeps drumming the same recipe under the guise of a modern graphical engine. The same can be said about S2, the same APM dependent basehopping RTS. Relic does it much better with its Company of Heroes.
    Don't murder me, I've played their games once like a maniac.
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  • KoolAidMan1 - Thursday, March 15, 2012 - link

    Relic RTS were always "ok" and they only got worse with DOW2. I'm so happy Blizzard has been killing it with SC2, a superior game in every way IMO Reply

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