Complete Your Collection with a Funko POP! Vinyl

Complete Your Collection with a Funko POP! Vinyl

Have your eye on some Blizzard Gear goodies? Well, now’s the perfect time to stock up!

For a limited time only, anyone who snags $66.60 or more worth of loot from our official online store will also receive an adorable Funko POP! Vinyl Diablo or Tyrael gift with purchase. GLORIOUS!

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As with all hellacious offerings, some restrictions may apply, so be sure to check out our terms and conditions for more information. Don’t delay, though—this diabolical promotion ends Monday, March 31!

Cart must equal $66.60 before tax and shipping. Promotion begins on 03/21 and ends on 3/31, while supplies last.

 

Reaper of Souls™ Launch Day Preparation

Get ready for the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Launching!

Reaper of Souls™ Launch Day Preparation

The launch of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls™ is just around corner! To make sure you’re ready to Leap right into the action on March 25, we’ve put together a launch day guide so you’ll know what to expect, how best to prepare, and when you’ll be able to jump in and start playing.


checkmark-features-bullet Purchase the Game

If you haven’t already picked up a copy of Reaper of Souls, you can purchase the Digital Standard Edition or Digital Deluxe Edition directly from the Battle.net Shop. Players who wish to own a physical copy of the game can also preorder Reaper of Souls at most major retailers and fine purveyors of high-quality gaming products worldwide.

If you’re interested in the Diablo® III: Reaper of Souls™ Collector’s Edition, please be aware that this physical, retail-only edition is printed in limited quantities and may already be sold out from your favorite brick-and-mortar or online retailer. Be sure to call around and check with local stores to see if they have the Collector’s Edition available!


checkmark-features-bullet Claim your Game Key

Players who have purchased (or will be purchasing) a physical copy of Reaper of Souls will need to redeem their game key in Battle.net Account Management before they can access any expansion content. If you’re looking to take advantage of our exclusive pre-order bonuses—including the Wings of Valor and the Heroes of the Storm unlock for Valla, the Demon Hunter—be sure to register your game key on or before 11:59 PDT on March 31, 2014.

If you purchased a digital copy of Reaper of Souls, no additional steps are required. Your game key was automatically added to your Battle.net account upon completion of the digital purchase.


checkmark-features-bullet Upgrade to the Battle.net Desktop App

In order to log into and play Reaper of Souls, you’ll first need to update your game launcher to the Battle.net desktop app. The great news is that if you’ve played Diablo III since Patch 2.0.1, you’re good to go!

For those who have not yet updated their launchers to the Battle.net desktop app, we recommendupgrading at your earliest convenience. This will help save you time on launch day and make sure you’re ready to storm the gates at Westmarch as soon as the expansion goes live!

To learn more about the Battle.net desktop app, click here.


checkmark-features-bullet Update Your Client

Please be aware that if you have not yet upgraded to the Battle.net desktop app, your installation may require optimization. This process can take 15-60 minutes, so we definitely recommend getting a head start!

For more information on this process and what to expect, click here.


checkmark-features-bullet Regional Launch Times

Reaper of Souls will launch at different times in each Diablo III gameplay region. Please see the below list to learn when the expansion will be available in your preferred region.

  • For Asia, the expansion will be available to play at 11:00 a.m. PDT on March 24.
    • 3:00 a.m. KST on March 25
    • 2:00 a.m. CST on March 25
  • For Europe, the expansion will be available to play at 4:00 p.m. PDT on March 24.
    • 23:00 GMT on March 24
    • 00:00 CET on March 25
    • 01:00 EET on March 25
    • 03:00 MSK on March 25
  • For the Americas, the expansion will be available to play on 9:00 p.m. PDT on March 24.
    • 10:00 p.m. MDT on March 24
    • 11:00 p.m. CDT on March 24
    • 12:00 a.m. EDT on March 25
    • 1:00 a.m. ADT on March 25
    • 1:30 a.m. NDT on March 25
    • 12:00 p.m. SGT on March 25
    • 3:00 p.m. AEDT on March 25

For time zone assistance, please visit: http://everytimezone.com


checkmark-features-bullet Launch Night Login

Diablo III will be available the night Reaper of Souls goes live and there will be no need to patch or exit the game once the clock strikes GO!

We advise logging in ahead of time to reduce potential queue times. Once you’re in-game and the Reaper of Souls has launched in your region, you’ll see a server broadcast message letting you know that the expansion is now available to play. This means you can continuously play Diablo III all night long and jump straight into Act V the moment it’s available!

Note: In order to access Act V once Reaper of Souls is live, you will need to exit your current game and select Act V from the Quest Select window. If you want to avoid having to recreate your game, we recommend that you set up your game so that you’re killing Diablo after your gameplay region’s launch time. This way, you can naturally transition into Act V without any additional effort.


checkmark-features-bullet Queues and You

Depending on how many people attempt to join the crusade against the Angel of Death on March 25, you may encounter a queue when logging into Diablo III as well when you create a game. These queues will be indicated by the following messages.

Login Queue:

  • “Queued position [number] – approx [X] minutes remaining…”

Game Queue:

  • “The Diablo III servers are busy.” Below this message, you should see a time estimate (if the estimate is < 1 minute) as well as pulsating ellipses.

If you receive either message, just be patient with the queue and you’ll be slaughtering reapers in Westmarch before you know it!


checkmark-features-bullet Contact Us

While we’ve worked hard to provide the best launch experience for all players heading into Reaper of Souls, even the wisest and most blessed of Vecin can’t foresee all ends. Should you require troubleshooting for any of the above steps or encounter issues on launch night, we’ll be on standby in the official Diablo III Forums and on @BlizzardCS, and Customer Support is just a few mouse clicks away.

We’ll see you in game, nephalem!

 

+100% Bonus XP – This Weekend Only

A few more days to go til the launch of the new Diablo III Expansion!

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This is it! We’re unleashing Diablo III: Reaper of Souls™ for Windows and Mac on March 25. To celebrate—this weekend only—we’re doubling down on the +50% Bonus XP that’s already available in Diablo III, and boosting it all the way to +100% Bonus XP.

This +100% Bonus XP period begins Friday, March 21 at 12:00 p.m. PT ends on Monday, March 24 at 12:01 a.m. PT. So, (if you need to) update your Diablo III game files here, log in this weekend, and rack up some last-minute Paragon Levels to aid you in your upcoming crusade against death itself.

Not sure what’s new in Patch 2.0.1? We’ve got you covered.

Good luck, have fun, and we’ll see you back here on Monday at 9:00 p.m. Pacific for the official launch of Reaper of Souls, an epic new chapter in the legendary Diablo series!

 

Wings of Valor Now Available

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From now until March 31, players who digitally prepurchase Diablo III: Reaper of Souls™ from theBattle.net Shop or redeem a retail game key in Battle.net Account Management can instantly claim their resplendent Wings of Valor! This epic pre-order bonus will be automatically sent to your existing Diablo III heroes—as well as any new heroes you create—as soon as your Reaper of Souls digital purchase completes or retail game key is redeemed.

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If you’ve already digitally prepurchased Reaper of Souls, your Wings of Valor are waiting for you!  To claim your spectacular spoils, log into the game on any one of your heroes and look for a small mail icon in the lower left of the screen. Click the mail icon to open the delivery window, select the Wings of Valor, and then click “Claim.” The wings will appear in your hero’s inventory and can be equipped immediately by right-clicking on the item’s icon.


As a reminder, if you pre-order Reaper of Souls at a retail store—either a physical Standard Edition or physical Collector’s Edition—be sure to redeem your Reaper of Souls game key via your Battle.net account on or before 11:59 p.m. PST on March 31, 2014. If you redeem your game key after that date, your pre-order loot (including Valla the Demon Hunter) will be consumed by the fires of the Burning Hells and lost forever. While you have six days from the expansion launch on March 25 to when you must enter your code, to be safe, you should secure your preorder today and be ready to input your game key on launch day.

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For more information on the March 25 launch of Reaper of Souls, be sure to check out the official expansion website, and keep your demon-weary eyes glued to http://www.diablo3.com/for the latest news on the game.

We’ll see you in Westmarch!

 

Reaper of Souls Hot Pepper Fire Sale!

More hype, and nice promotion for the upcoming Diablo III Expansion: Reaper of Souls.

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Hey everyone! My name’s Emmanuel, and I’m a Community Manager for Diablo III in Europe. Recently, I was “lucky” enough to meet with the crew from Hot Pepper Gaming to film what they call a Hot Pepper Fire Sale.

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A hot what?

For those who don’t know, Hot Pepper Gaming is a YouTube channel run by awesome people who do stupid things like eating insanely hot peppers before reviewing video games on camera. Occasionally, they’ll invite guests from different publications and gaming studios to join in on the fun.

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is hot… but so are these peppers.

Now, some may say I was brave, others may say I was dumb… but I did it. I ate a habanero for Reaper of Souls.

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Even the Angel of Death can’t compare to the pain of a habanablo™.

And many manly tears were shed.


Filming this Hot Pepper Fire Sale was an absolute blast, but I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy! We hope you enjoy the full video below, and encourage you to share it with your friends and family. For great victory (and great schadenfreude).

Be sure to subscribe to Hot Pepper Gaming as well as like and comment on the video!

We’ll see you all in Westmarch!

 

Reaper of Souls First Look: Storming Pandemonium

Blizzard has released another teaser for the upcoming Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Expansion!

Reaper of Souls™ First Look: Storming Pandemonium

The last vestiges of an endless battle echo across the decimated terrain of an ancient crossroads. Once the epicenter of the Eternal Conflict, the war-torn fields that stretch before you now are eerily silent, save for the occasional scuffle of straggling soldiers and primordial scavengers that have made the best of this inhospitable expanse.

An abandoned fortress looms chillingly in the distance. Previously an outpost that stood as the last bastion of the Light before the Gates of the Burning Hells, it now houses a threat unlike any before.

Welcome to Pandemonium.


The Epitome of Endless Strife

Pandemonium is the scar of creation’s birth, where angels and demons once fought fervently over control of the Worldstone. An ancient artifact with the power to shape reality, ownership of the Worldstone changed hands for eons—the High Heavens and Burning Hells trading blows, creating worlds, and then watching their inherently flawed creations wither away over and over again.

Those who are familiar with the events of the Sin War know that the renegade angel Inarius, along with the daughter of Mephisto, Lilith, stole away with the Worldstone, creating the world we now know as Sanctuary. With the artifact well hidden in this refuge, the battles in Pandemonium slowed over time and, eventually, ground to a halt.

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Inarius and Lilith by Ziom05

Players will soon have the opportunity to revisit the estranged combat zone, but those who have previously walked the halls of Pandemonium Fortress will find it an entirely new experience. The battlefields have never before been traversed by Sanctuary’s heroes, and though Pandemonium Fortress was once the base of operations in Act IV of Diablo II, the nephalem arriving now will find it much less hospitable.

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Originally constructed by Tyrael to house and protect the Worldstone, one of the unique properties of the Pandemonium Fortress is that the structure takes on the appearance of those who control it. Though it’s been conquered and reclaimed through the ages, without the ultimate prize that once lay within, the interest from both angels and demons in holding this keep has severely waned. However, such disinterest does prime the location for hiding away another artifact with the power to tip the scales in the Eternal Conflict forever.


Re-Imagining the Battlefield

Pandemonium has long been a locale our designers and writers have wished to explore to the fullest, and the previous excursion in Diablo II barely scratched the surface of what this realm has to offer. The concept of a nexus between the High Heavens and Burning Hells is a compelling one, but capturing the desired other-worldly feel without extending so far into the unknown as to be alien was a great challenge.

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As Pandemonium was barely touched upon, there was a lot of room to draw outside inspiration. Everyone on the design and development team as well as any player who played Diablo II has an idea of what Pandemonium could be, and the idea of infinite possibilities remained strong among these concepts. This meant the best bet for fulfilling the fantasy of this location was to take all those ideas, mesh them together, and boil the resulting amalgamation down into a unified vision that makes you stop in your tracks and say, “Yes. That’s Pandemonium.”

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Of course, it was important to make sure this zone felt like nothing else ever explored in Sanctuary, since it’s a place that the nephalem should find unfamiliar. It’s a place where angels and demons have battled for eternity and so presented the question of what that would look like. What kind of inhabitants would remain in this land? Scavengers that live off the battlefield remnants, forgotten angels and demons that continue to fight forever, and unique creatures like the Realm Walker, an ancient beast burdened with the portal to an eternal prison, all resulted from these explorations in design.

Ultimately, Pandemonium needed to epitomize the idea of “The Eternal Conflict.” This was, and remains in some ways, the center for the war itself. As the literal crossroads between the domains of all beings, every feature needed to be carefully placed and considered to create the kind of chaotic balance that could not be found anywhere else.


Pushing Boundaries – Encompassing Eternity

External zones are always the most challenging, but Pandemonium takes this to an entirely new level. Both the battlefields and the Fortress itself needed to encompass the feelings of being ancient and infinite without losing players in a way that would distract from gameplay. In particular, our designers carefully avoided the perception of being displaced or wandering in outer space. The challenge was in ensuring a sense of grandeur that could house colossal enemies, evoke the excitement of the unexplored, and still sell the basic idea of plumbing the depths of a massive, ancient fortress.

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This sort of dungeon delving is hardly new to the Diablo franchise, let alone in Act V. Pandemonium Fortress needed to be different from the Ruins of Corvus in the Blood Marsh or Bastion’s Keep at the edge of Arreat Crater. Instead of finding an earthly construct, you’ll find this eerie keep maintains the notion of a militant garrison while distinctly lacking the trappings of what one would expect from a human site.

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Getting into the perfect balance of extra planar and relatable took fare more than the thoughts of an individual. In speaking to Lead Level Designer Dave Adams, he shared some insight on “ideation days,” a process that the design team utilized in exploring this space. “We break up into groups and try and create single scene events that take place on 240 foot by 240 foot tiles. Seeing what each group comes up with and how different those ideas can be is really amazing. We often use this to steer the direction on an area. We had a lot of awesome events that came out of that, and you’ll experience them in the game.”

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Knocking at Death’s Door: The Last Stand

The Pandemonium Fortress has become home to the starring villain of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls™. Malthael hopes to end the Eternal Conflict once and for all, regardless of what consequences and costs his actions might have. It is time now, heroes, to stretch beyond the limits of what you once believed possible and stop the Angel of Death from destroying all you know and love.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our First Look series behind the scenes of Act V’s locations. Can no one truly stop Death? Let us know in the comments below what you’re looking most forward to tackling on the Battlefields of Eternity or within Pandemonium Fortress, and we hope you join us in the fight to save Sanctuary on March 25.

 

Level 61 Class Skill Videos Now Available!

Level 61 Class Skill Videos Now Available!

Of the plethora of new features coming in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls™, perhaps some of the most eagerly anticipated are the bold new powers that await heroes who journey beyond level 60. Each class will unlock a new skill at level 61, as well five equally awe-inspiring runes as they slaughter their way to 70.

Care for a tiny peek? Thought you would.

AVALANCHE

Barbarian

VENGEANCE

 Demon Hunter

EPIPHANY

Monk

PIRANHAS

Witch Doctor

BLACK HOLE

Wizard

Mastering these abilities will be no easy task and are sure to raise your game to the next level. But which skill are you looking forward to using the most? Submit your vote in the poll below or let us know in the comments.

We’ll see you on March 25!

 

How to get Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Collector’s Edition Delivered on March 25

This has been a secret trick I have used for the past few years to get my Collector’s Editions delivered on release day.

Have you pre-ordered a Collector’s Edition and it gets delivered 2 days after the official release date? Maybe even longer? It is a nightmare when it takes several days to arrive. Especially with the Heroes of the Storm Valla Hero redeemable until March 31. Learn how to here.

How about getting it delivered exactly on the official release date? You can. If you follow my trick, you will get the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls CE delivered to your door on March 25th in the afternoon (tops).

Usually when the release date is approaching, Amazon adds the “On Release Day” shipping option. What happens is that the Collector’s Edition leaves the store and gets shipped on March 23 with a 2-day shipping. Amazon makes sure that the delivery arrives on the release date (March 25th).

1. Go to the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Collector’s Edition page.

2. Login to your Amazon account.

3. Hit the pre-order button.

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4. Whenever you see the shipping options, make sure to choose the following option: “Two-Day Shipping — get it on its release day: Tuesday, March 25.”

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5. The option will cost an additional $7.98 (more or less depending where you live in the United States), but it is totally worth it.

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A few years ago, I contacted an Amazon representative via chat when I first noticed the Release Day option. She had to explain it to me several times as I was skeptic. I was surprised when on release date the delivery man knocked my door. The Collector’s Edition was on my door on release date afternoon.

Hopefully, this may be of help to someone. If you had pre-ordered before, simply pre-order it again. Once you finish the order and you notice the estimate shipping date is on Release date, feel free to cancel the older order.