BlizzCon has come and gone in a flurry of excitement and RTS tomfoolery (not to mention pandas). Thanks to the announcement of the upcoming update for World of Warcraft and the debut of new trailers for both StarCraft II and Diablo III, it was a good time to be a gamer at BlizzCon. While Blizzard has been obviously busy at work, they have also been fairly tight-lipped on Diablo III information: specifically a release date and price.
While they are no closer to giving an official date other than “Early 2012”, they have taken one step closer by announcing the Diablo III Collector’s Edition, which is now on display at their website. Still unavailable for purchase (primarily due to pricing being announced in the coming weeks), the Collector’s Edition is stacked with Diablo goodies that any fan would want.
One of the most appealing pieces of the Collector's Edition — aside from the game itself — is that it will also come with a Diablo Skull where players will be able rest their 4GB USB Soulstone. The USB Stone will come complete with Diablo II and Diablo II: Lords of Destruction, letting players catch up on anything they may have missed.
The other interesting little tidbit included will be in-game content for not only Diablo III, but also StarCraft II and World of Warcraft. Warcraft players will get the chance to traverse Azeroth with the “Fetish Shaman,", while StarCraft II players will get an exclusive army decal, along with three Battle.net portraits. Of course Diablo III players get the best swag, with “Angelic Wings, a war banner, and Bottled Cloud/Bottled Smoke to dye your armor sets.”
That’s not all, not by a long shot. Purchasers will also receive a Behind The Scenes Blu-ray/DVD disc set (complete with over an hour of commentary from producers and developers), a 208-page art book, and the Diablo II Soundtrack.
After it’s all spelled out, it would be a safe assumption that the Collector’s Edition will cost players somewhere around $150-200 easily, and with only limited numbers, they will go fast. It’s possible that Blizzard is waiting to see how well Star War: The Old Republic does with its Collector's Edition pre-orders, and will make their numbers match.
Regardless of the cost, just looking at all that’s included will have to get some players excited. So make your comments known, and let us know what you’re thinking, Ranters.
Diablo III is set to release on the PC and Mac sometime early 2012.