It's been a long time coming, but finally, Blizzard has set a release date for its upcoming Diablo sequel. The game is set to show up in stores on May 15—nearly four years after being originally announced.
Well, at least, that release date applies to most regions. Diablo III's release schedule is actually a little more complicated in some parts of the world:
Starting [May 15], gamers . . . will be able to purchase Diablo III at retailers throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. In addition, gamers in the regions above as well as in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil will be able to buy Diablo III digitally via Blizzard’s Battle.net® website.
Players in the listed Latin American countries and in Russia will be able to purchase Diablo III at local retail locations starting June 7. Digital availability for the Russian version of the game will also begin June 7.
Anyway, if you just can't wait to buy your copy of Diablo III online, Blizzard is already taking "digital presales." (You'll need a Battle.net account for that.) The game costs $59.99. Blizzard also intends to offer a $99.99 Collector's Edition, although that one will only be available in stores. The Collector's Edition will include "a behind-the-scenes Blu-ray/DVD two-disc set, the Diablo III soundtrack CD, a 208-page Art of Diablo III book, and a 4 GB USB soulstone (including full versions of Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction®) and corresponding Diablo skull base, as well as exclusive in-game content for Diablo III, World of Warcraft®, and StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty®."