D3 release date announced, and the annual pass question?

Dammit Blizzard, two posts in one day. This is a quick one, however.

Blizzard have announced a release date for Diablo 3, it will be going live on May 15th. And you won’t be able to sign up for the annual pass after May 1st, so if you want one then go for it before then.

Actually, leaving it until April/ May to sign up for an annual pass might be the best of both worlds if you unsubbed due to being bored of Cataclysm but are keen to play Pandaria. That would still give you D3 and the MoP beta access, and the majority of the year from May ’12 – May ’13 is likely to include Pandaria rather than Cataclysm content.

It’s not for me, I have D3 on preorder anyway and don’t much care for expansion betas. But it may well be a better looking deal than signing up last December would have been if Cataclysm has run its course for you.  I also suspect strongly that the MoP beta will not start until the annual pass signup has expired (ie. not until May), but we’ll see.

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5 thoughts on “D3 release date announced, and the annual pass question?

  1. I find the “pre-order for beta access” phenomenon interesting. To me it signals a shift in the purpose behind beta testing itself. It isn’t about finding flaws in your game anymore. It is about generating publicity and interest in your game. I’m not saying this is a good or a bad thing in and of itself, but it does indicate a change in philosophy on the part of game developers.

    • I agree. It’s a bit weird. I personally have no interest in trying Beta for games that I will definitely buy, it will just lower my overall enjoyment. The only time a Beta interests me is when I want to try out a game to determine whether it is of interest (I did this with SWTOR – and did not purchase and with Rift – and did not purchase). As I’m happy to lower my enjoyment of a game to save myself the cost of the box.

    • I thought it was interesting that for Guild Wars 2, it’s not actually a preorder, it’s a pre PAY. So you can’t cancel it if you don’t like the beta.

  2. I’ve been ready to buy D3 ever since getting into beta and as soon as I saw this news I raced over to battle.net with my wallet in my hand..

    ..at which point I saw that Blizzard were going to charge me a 40% markup for being Australian. Guess it’s really expensive to ship those bits by priority airmail, eh?

    Wallet instantly re-pocketed. They could have had $US59.99 right now from my digital purchase, but because they decided to get greedy, I’m having serious second thoughts.

    • The digital direct prices are always highest, or that’s how it looks to me at the moment. They know the people who are desperate for day 0/1 access will pay it. The 40% markup is just the cherry on the cake though ;/

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