We here at TweakTown hope to really embrace Diablo III, so you should see some more Diablo III-related content over the coming months, and more. But for now, you should be preparing for the release, if you haven't already purchased it!
If you haven't, then head down to your local retailer now, or if you're like me and love digital games, then you should scoop up the game directly from Blizzard as a digital pre-sale. Next up, you will need to create your BattleTag. This is a requirement of Diablo III, and displays both in-game and on the website, so choose wisely.
Next up we have launch times! The launch time of Diablo III has had Blizzard break down the launch time of the game per region. The Americas (US, Canada, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia) servers all open at 12:01am PDT, May 15.
If you've purchased a digital copy, you can download your client right now. I've done this and the servers are great, I was receiving max speeds on my line, which is around 850KB/sec. Pre-downloading the installer is great, as when it launches, you'll have it all ready to go. Early install also needs to be taken into account, where Blizzard will unlock Diablo III's installer at 8:01am PDT... today!
This will allow you to install the game, troubleshoot any issues you may have, download and install the launch day version 1.0.1 patch, and will let you be ready to play as soon as the servers come online.
Blizzard will also be turning on Global Play when Diablo III has launched in all regions. This means you won't be able to play Diablo III in a region outside your home region until after the Americas' midnight launch at 12:01am PDT on May 15. Blizzard have noted they'll push an update out to everyone once Global Play is enabled, which you'll then be able to change the region you connect to through the game's options.
Now, you should be aware that this is going to be a colossal game, which means Blizzard will experiencing hundreds of thousands, if not more, trying to hit the servers once the game goes live. Of course, things may not go well, so they're warned there might be a delay of "up to 40 seconds" to connect to the servers. If not, you'll be presented with an Error 37 message and asked to try again.
I'll be in the game tomorrow night, just over 24 hours from now - so feel free to comment on this news, and as we get more Diablo III-related content made, we'll be sure to have competitions, tweak guides, and more. Until then, bite your tongue until it arrives! Hide your excitement, and tell your loved ones you're going on an extended vacation!