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A new trailer for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls was shown at BlizzCon! It shows off the new game modes, the new Mystic crafter, enchanting, and so forth. You can view the trailer below.

 

Blizzard has recently added a Diablo III cinematic which is being used in TV Spots to promote the looming and upcoming release of Diablo 3.

The Lord of Terror has begun his demonic crusade to shackle YouTube viewers into unholy slavery. Watch our new TV spot now, and prepare for your journey into the depths of Sanctuary on 05.15.12.


 

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Battle.net - Diablo III TV Spot – Watch it Now

Diablo III’s YouTube channel has recently added the Diablo III opening cinematic, which was shown at the Spike TV's Video Game Awards. Blizzard has not announced a release date yet.


When Diablo III is released and you finally embark on your next great adventure, you'll enjoy a cinematic experience that'll set the stage for your impending journey through Sanctuary and your fight against the evils of the Burning Hells. We're very pleased to present you with that full opening cinematic, as premiered during the 2011 Spike TV Video Game Awards.


 

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YouTube - Diablo III Opening Cinematic


Blizzard has recently announced that the official Diablo III cinematic will premiere at the Spike TV's Video Game Awards on December 10 at 8:00 pm EST.

Be sure to tune into Spike TV’s Video Game Awards tomorrow night, December 10 at 8:00 p.m. / 7:00 p.m. Central. Diablo III’s full opening cinematic will make its world premiere during the show. It seems an appropriate time to share how the tone is set for our forthcoming game, as Spike has announced that they’ll bestow their second-ever Gamer God Award upon Blizzard Entertainment’s three founders, Mike Morhaime, Allen Adham, and Frank Pearce.

Check out Spike TV’s official announcement for all the show’s details and make sure your /popcorn is at the ready.


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Battle.net - Diablo III Cinematic World Premiere at the VGAs
Spike - Zac Levi To Host 2011 "Video Game Awards"

Blizzard has started a Diablo III beta key sweepstakes over on their Facebook page, which promises to hand out a total of 2,000 keys over a course of four weeks. 200 winners will be selected each week on Monday, starting October 17th, and 50 out of those 200 winners will also receive an extra key to give to a friend.

Interested? Good! Signing up is easy. Simply follow Diablo on Facebook and complete our official entry form between now and December 12 for your chance to win. For more information about how to participate, check out the sweepstakes rules and eligibility page. Good luck!

 

As mentioned above, all it takes to enter is to follow Diablo's Facebook page and fill out their entry form. For everyone entering, good luck and see you in Sanctuary.

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Facebook - Diablo
Twitter - Diablo
Battle.net - Diablo III Beta Key Sweepstakes


Mike Morhaime has recently commented on the target release for Diablo III which is now set for early 2012. The upside of this announcement is that the beta test will be longer.

We commonly use the term “soon” when referring to Blizzard releases, because we know that no matter how hard we’re working to reach a target, we’re not going to compromise and launch a game before it’s ready. For Diablo III, we were aiming to launch by the end of 2011. As we’re announcing globally today, our new target for the game is early 2012.

While this news might not be a complete surprise, I know that many of you were hopeful that Diablo III would ship this year. We were too. However, this week we pulled together people from all of the teams involved with the game to decide whether we felt it would be ready before the end of December, and we grudgingly came to the conclusion that it would not. Ultimately, we feel that to deliver an awesome Diablo sequel that lives up to our expectations and yours as well, we should take a little more time and add further polish to a few different elements of the game.

The upside of today’s announcement is that we will be running the beta test longer than we initially planned, which will allow us to invite more of you who have opted in.

For those taking on the Diableard challenge, we salute you -- and now fear for your well-being and personal hygiene. We hereby issue an official reprieve to all Diableard participants, including Blizzard employees, if you want to trim or otherwise manage the lower half of your face. We’d still love to see your beardly achievements, and we look forward to seeing more of your efforts as we move into 2012, but not to the detriment of your workplaces and significant others.

Thank you everyone for your support and anticipation for Diablo III. We’re still moving ahead at full pace, and we’ll be keeping you fully informed of any news and developments here at Diablo3.com, including the specific release date when the time comes, so stay tuned.


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Battle.net -"Soon" Was Too Soon - Diablo III to Arrive in Early 2012

 

An official post is up that notifies fans that the Diablo III public closed beta has started, with many commentators and fansites beginning to upload videos of the various classes.

The fiery gates leading to the Burning Hells have begun to swing open, and the Diablo III beta test is officially underway. Invitations to participate in the beta test are now being delivered to the chosen heroes. As with beta tests for other Blizzard Entertainment games, the testing process for Diablo III will occur in phases. In addition to selecting players who have opted in via their Battle.net accounts, we’ll also be providing keys through beta promotions and giveaways -- stay tuned for more info. We welcome those invited to provide feedback or report bugs on the official forums.

 

Something to note, the Diablo III beta will not appear on the main Battle.net page, but instead will appear in the Battle.net Account page. E-mails for beta invitations are usually a few hours late as well, so your best and fastest bet to checking if you're in the beta is to F5 that Battle.net Account page.

Note that public beta invites are trickling through, so don't lose hope if you don't see Diablo III beta on your account page yet.

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Battle.net - The Diablo III Beta Is Now Live


Blizzard has recently released a F.A.Q. regarding the Diablo III beta test.  Players will be able to face the Skeleton King. There won't be any PvP arenas and the Auction House will be restricted to gold only.


Interested in signing up for an advance look at Diablo's coming invasion of Sanctuary? To be eligible to participate in the Diablo III beta test, you need an active Battle.net account with any Blizzard game title attached to it. If you don't already have an account, it's easy to create one. Once you've set up a Battle.net account, or if you've already got one, you can access it by visiting http://us.battle.net/en/ and clicking the Account button on the upper right. Then, to opt into the beta, just click the Games & Codes section of your Account Management page, and then select the Beta Profile Settings option from the drop-down menu. You'll be prompted to download the System Check beta opt-in application; running it will opt you in to the Diablo III beta. If your system specifications change, you can run the System Check application again to update your information.

While running the System Check application doesn't guarantee you a place in the Diablo III beta, we wish you luck and hope to see you in Sanctuary.

FAQ:

How are beta test participants selected from the opt-in pool?

Beta testers are chosen according to their system specifications and other factors, including an element of luck. Our goal is to have a good variety of system types to best test compatibility.


Will there be any other ways to get into the beta besides the opt-in?

We'll very likely be providing beta entry giveaways through various promotions on our sites, as well as through our official fansites. We'll have information available on these promotions as they approach.


How many players do you plan to invite to the beta test?

The number of players we invite will be based on our testing needs. If during the course of testing we determine we need more players to participate, we'll invite more.


What game content will be available in the beta?

You'll be able to try out all five character classes and experience the early stages of Diablo III from the start of the game through the Skeleton King encounter. You'll be able to interact with new and returning characters in New Tristram and fight the reawakened evils emanating from the cursed Tristram Cathedral.


Will the PvP arenas be available in the beta?

We don't plan to include the PvP arenas in the beta test.


How long will the beta test last?

We have not determined an exact date for the end of the beta test. We will notify participants when the beta test is nearing completion.


Will the Diablo III Auction House be available in the beta?

We currently plan to test the functionality of the Diablo III gold-based auction house sometime after the initial beta launch.


Will Mac users be able to participate in the beta?

Yes, Mac users will be able to participate in the beta at the same time as Windows users.


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Battle.net - Diablo III Beta Opt-In and FAQ
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