Diablo 3 Launch Date Announced: May 15

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The launch date for the next iteration of one of the biggest gaming franchises of all time, Diablo III, has been announced. The heavens shall tremble May 15.

Blizzard, the company releasing the product, says all gamers who digitally pre-order it will be able to play Diablo III "the minute the servers go live."

Also on May 15, the much-anticipated game will be available at retailers throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.

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The digital version will be available in the regions above as well as in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil, making this truly a global gaming event.

The release of Diablo III will once again have players returning en masse to the village of Tristram on a quest to save the world from a demonic invasion.

Players will be able to play as a barbarian, monk, demon hunter, witch doctor, or wizard in an experience driven by fast-paced action RPG gameplay.