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Diablo III release date is May 15th

Diablo III should have been released before Christmas 2011, or that was certainly the hope of many – and there was much wailing and gnashing of gamer’s teeth, when the launch date was put back.

Deep down, though, we all knew that the Xmas release target wasn’t going to be met when a year ago, Blizzard started talking about “doing their best” to get the game out in 2011, but that it wouldn’t be launched unless it was finished.

Quite right, too. We’d rather have a game that was complete, than an early release date. However, it’s time to rejoice, because the end of all the waiting for the latest episode of the action RPG is almost over.

Blizzard has officially given us a launch date, namely the 15th of May. That’s a global date, save for Latin America and Russia, who will have to wait until the 7th of June for the boxed version.

Digital pre-orders are now live, and you can surf on over to the official site to reserve your copy now. The game’s suggested retail price is £44.99, with the Collector’s Edition running to £69.99 and coming with extras such as a behind-the-scenes Blu-ray/DVD two disc set, a soundtrack CD, art book and a 4G USB “soulstone” (fancy themed USB stick to you and me).

Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard, enthused: “After many years of hard work by our development team and months of beta testing by hundreds of thousands of dedicated players around the world, we’re now in the homestretch.”

“We look forward to putting the final polish on Diablo III over the next two months and delivering the ultimate action-RPG experience to gamers worldwide starting on May 15.”

So get your best clicking finger ready, the Burning Hells are about to be unleashed. Not to mention all the bitter arguments surrounding the use of real-world money, in the auction house.