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Diablo III up for pre-orders, slated for May 15 release

Defenders of the Sanctuary, pack your armors and sharpen those swords.  Diablo III is up for pre-order for the release on May 15, 2011.  That’s right, you read that right, Diablo III, the long awaited sequel to one of the most successful RPGs in gaming history, 12 years in the making.  Are you ready to face evil yet again?

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You can pre-order a digital copy now via Battle.net for $60.00; take note that this is a digital copy and you won’t get anything but the installer. You can already download the game, but this game requires the servers to be up and running, since it will be an online game. Yes, you definitely need an internet connection to play Diablo III.

For those who are not familiar with the series, shame on you! Diablo III is an action RPG series created by Blizzard where you wander through dungeons and ruins to level up and prepare for the final boss.  With this sequel, there are 5 classes to choose from; Barbarian, Witch Doctor, Wizard, Monk and the Demon Hunter,which will cater to every RPG gamer in the scene.

A primer on the setting taken from Blizzard’s website:

“œThe game takes place on Sanctuary, a world of dark fantasy. Unbeknownst to most of its inhabitants, Sanctuary was saved some twenty years ago from the demonic forces of the underworld by a few brave and powerful heroes. Most of those warriors who directly faced Hell’s armies — and were fortunate enough to survive — went mad from their experiences. And most of the others have buried their haunted memories and pushed the horrors from their thoughts. In Diablo III, players will return to Sanctuary to confront evil in its many forms once again.”

Here are the minimum requirements needed to play the game:

Windows

  • Windows® XP/Vista/7 (latest service packs) with DX 9.0c
  • Intel Pentium® D 2.8 GHz or AMD Athlonâ„¢ 64 X2 4400+
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800 GT or ATI Radeonâ„¢ X1950 Pro or better
  • 1 GB RAM (XP), 1.5 GB (Vista/7)
  • 12 GB available HD space
  • DVD-ROM (required for retail disc versions only)
  • Broadband* Internet connection
  • 1024×748 minimum resolution

Mac

  • Mac® OS X 10.6.8, 10.7.x or newer
  • Intel® Core 2 Duo
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT or ATI Radeonâ„¢ HD 2600 or better
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 12 GB available HD space
  • DVD-ROM (required for retail disc versions only)
  • Broadband* Internet connection1024x768 minimum resolution

* Be advised that some wireless connections do not meet the minimums required to be a true Broadband Internet connection. Wireless results may vary.

Check Blizzard’s website for more details.

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  • Peter

    I wonder when the physical copies will be available for preorder? Any idea boss?

    • Andrei Lim

      Sorry, no words yet on when physical media will be available.

  • Griswold

    Oohhh lala….i’m drooling now. may 15 come quickly!!

  • oliver mia

    DIII is an online game?!?

    • Andrei Lim

      I think Blizzard will be doing this from now on. It’s the same system with StarCraft II wherein you need to be Online to even play single player mode.

  • pete

    pre order cost for southeast asian region is 90 SGD (singaporean dollar)

    • Which roughly translates to P3,081. I would wait for the physical media of the game.

  • pete

    I’m one of the lucky beta testers of D3. I can assure you this is it – Best Action RPG game.

  • Peter

    Alam ko naka-save yung char mo sa servers nila, that is why you need to be online to play the game. Siguro anti-piracy measure nila yan. My friend says your character cannot be used in other servers once you have decided to play on a particular server. You’ll have to start from scratch if you decide to play on another server. Wow, blizzard must be really confident about D3, imagine they just announce the release with just 2 months time.