Diablo III is one of the most anticipated games of the decade, and it will go on sale in just two months on May 15 for Macs and Windows PCs.
In case you’re not familiar with it, it’s a hybrid of single-player and multi-player role-playing games — the third in a series of games that more or less birthed a genre of action-oriented, story-lite role-playing games. Oh, and it’s also made by Blizzard, the company responsible for World of Warcraft and StarCraft.
Diablo III is an action RPG with a story mode you can play through with a character you create. That character can hail from a number of combat-focused professions, including Witch Doctor, Monk, Barbarian, Wizard, and Demon Hunter.
The real meat of the experience is in the online play, though. Diablo III will bring much of what made World of Warcraft so great into the franchise — cooperative play against powerful bosses in a virtual fantasy world. You’ll be able to easily drop in and out of friends’ games.
Blizzard is pushing the envelope with regards to how online games make money: Diablo III will feature a virtual auction house in which players can sell powerful items they find in the game world for real cash — with Blizzard taking a small cut just like Apple does from its App Store.
The sure-fire hit will be available as a digital download for $59.99, and you can pre-order it now if you’re so inclined, then download and play it on day one. Interestingly, you can also receive a free copy of the game if you commit to a one-year subscription of World of Warcraft; that’ll set you back more than $150.
Finally, Blizzard is offering a special edition of the game for $99.99. We’re sure Diablo III will be available for purchase at your local Walmart or Best Buy too, but why would you want to hoof it there?
Here’s the trailer for the game.