Diablo 3 has launched

Evil has risen – Diablo 3 is live! Blizzard Entertainment today launched Diablo 3; the much anticipated new installment of their award-winning epic RPG saga. This is your call to arms, Demon Hunter.

It is time, fellow Demon Hunters. Make your way back to Tristam and explore the rumors of a fallen star that has struck the Cathedral; an omen that the End of Time is near. Diablo 3, latest release of the prizewinning RPG trilogy by Blizzard, is now available at retail game stores throughout Europa, North and South America and parts of Asia. Diablo 3 is also available digitally as downloadable version from the official Diablo 3 Battle.net website.
With a record 2 million preorders and some 8000 midnight launch events worldwide, Demon Hunters will be descending on Sanctuary seeking to slay the demonic legions of Burning Hells.

Diablo 3 Demon Hunter Builds and Specs

To guide you on your adventure to seek and destroy the evil of Diablo wherever it may lurk, our speculative Demon Hunter builds have been scrubbed to make room for Demon Hunter builds based purely on Diablo 3 live gameplay.

Diablo 3 Demon Hunter Resources

Diablo 3 Demon Hunter Skills Guide
Diablo 3 Demon Hunter Leveling Guide
Diablo 3 Demon Hunter Stats Guide
Diablo 3 Tech Forums
Diablo 3 Beta Guide

Diablo 3 Open Beta Weekend

Blizzard today announced the Diablo 3 Open Beta Stress Test Weekend, offering everyone with a valid Battle.net account open access to the Diablo 3 Beta. The Diablo 3 Open Beta Stress Test Weekend is scheduled to start on Friday, April 20 and last until Monday, April 23.

Diablo 3 Beta Weekend Stress Test Eligibility and Game Time

The Diablo 3 Stress Test Weekend is scheduled to last three days and is open to any holder of a valid Battle.net account. However, some minor restrictions apply. Anyone with a valid Battle.net account is eligible to participate in the upcoming Beta Weekend, starting Friday, 20 April 12:01 p.m. PDT / 21:01 CEST. Stress test participants will not receive beta bucks for use in the currency-based Auction House and will not be able to post in the beta forums. Check the FAQ for details below. The open beta stress test weekend is scheduled to end Monday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. PDT / 19:00 CEST.

The Diablo 3 forums have been ripe with Open Beta rumors since the beta access bug a few days ago, granted players without an official beta key, access to the beta. Open Beta Weekends and Stress Test Weekends became the norm last year with Rift and SWTOR pulling off similar events to showcase game content. If you have been unlucky with Diablo 3 beta invites so far, this is your chance to give the five Diablo 3 classes a spin.

Get ready to take on the demonic hellspawns of Sanctuary as Blizzard is about to blast open the doors on a one-time-only Beta Weekend Stress Test commencing in just a few hours.

Official Statement and FAQ by Blizzard

We’re pleased to announce the Diablo III open beta weekend, which offers open access to all players with a valid Battle.net account! Beginning this Friday everyone is invited to log in and help us put the game and servers through their paces in this three day stress test as we march toward the game’s release on May 15. You can begin downloading the Diablo III client right now!

From Friday, April 20 at 21:01 CEST, until Monday, April 23 at 19:00 CEST you’ll be able to log in, team up with friends, and play each of the five heroic classes to level 13 as you fight to save the world from the impending demonic invasion.

Diablo 3 Open Beta Stress Test Weekend FAQ

What steps do I need to take?
-Log in or create a Battle.net account at http://www.battle.net
-Create your BattleTag™, which is required to play Diablo III (What is BattleTag?)
-Download the game client, install, and play between 21:01 CEST April 20 and 19:00 CEST April 23

I don’t have a Battle.net account — can I still play?
Absolutely! Just visit http://www.battle.net to create a free Battle.net account. Next, download the client from https://us.battle.net/account/download/index.xml and install it. Create your BattleTag, and then log in to the game using your Battle.net account name (email address) and password to begin slaughtering the demonic hellspawn that dare stand in your way.

Are there any differences for stress test participants versus invited closed beta testers?
Stress test participants will only be able to access the beta between Friday, April 20 at 21:01 CEST, and Monday, April 23 at 19:00 CEST In addition, stress test participants will not have access to post in the beta forums and will not be provided Beta Bucks for use in testing the currency-based auction house.

Can all regions/countries participate?
Due to regional differences and features of the stress test client, Korean players will not be able to partake in the stress test weekend. However, beginning the week of April 23, we will be conducting a separate, invitation-only closed beta test that will give players in Korea a chance to try out the game, along with players in the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.

What if the service is down/laggy/disconnecting me?
It’s very possible that players connecting to the stress test could experience issues with the service. While not ideal, this is exactly why we’re having a stress test. We want to catch and analyze as many bugs as possible during this stress test period, so that we can try to ensure a smooth launch on May 15.

I’m having an issue, how can I get help?
Due to the limited window of the stress test we encourage you to visit the Technical Support forum if you’re having any issues running the game, and checking the Known Issues list if you’re running into a bug. As a stress test participant you will not be able to post in the beta forums.

What platforms and languages do you support?
For the stress test we’re offering the client in English, French, and German for both Windows and Mac. At release the game will be fully localized into English, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, European Spanish, Italian, Polish, Korean, and Traditional Chinese for Windows, and English, French, and German for Mac.

I’m an invited closed beta tester, what happens after the stress test weekend ends?
As an invited closed beta tester you’ll continue to have access until the beta ends on May 1.

Diablo 3 Launch Date

The End of Time is neigh – Diablo 3 is about to escape the Gates of Burning Hells. Starting May 15, Demon Hunters will be forced back again to Tristam to reveal the hidden secrets of a mysterious fallen star.

According to Blizzard, Diablo 3 will be shipped as regular and collector edition in stores starting May 15th. A downloadable edition of the game will be available for download from Battle.net. Diablo 3 is also offered as bonus when signing up for the World of Warcraft Annual Pass. The World of Warcraft Annual Pass offer with the digital version of Diablo 3 is due to end on May 1st.

For additional news on the May 15 launch of Diablo 3, head over to BuildsGuide and Battle.net or check out the beta news to launch with the next patch at BuildsGuide – The Beta Blog.

Diablo 3 Game Guide & Preview

Diablo 3 is the third release in the Diablo action role-playing game series published by Blizzard Entertainment. Diablo 3 features new classes, four acts and a Real Money Auction House. Diablo 3 is currently in closed beta and expected to be released in Q2 2012.

Diablo 3 takes place on Sanctuary; a World lost to Darkness. The prelude of Diablo 3 tells of an unknown object falling from the skies and striking the Tristram Cathedral. According the official Diablo 3 web site, a “Harbinger of Doom” awakens an ancient evil, forcing the heroes of Sanctuary to defend their home once again.

Diablo Beta and Release

Diablo 3 was officially announced on June 28, 2008 at the Blizzard World Wide Invitational in Paris. Diablo 3 is currently in closed beta which launched on September 20 2011. While participation in the D3 Beta officially is not exclusive to North America, Diablo 3 Beta invitations to Asia and EU have been severely limited. The status of distribution of D3 Beta invites to Africa, Oceania and South America is currently unknown.

Blizzard has not released an official release date for Diablo 3. Previously Blizzard has hinted at a Q4 2011 and Q1 2012 release for D3. At the latest Activision Blizzard Investor Call, Diablo 3 was mentioned as slated for a Q2 release. Check the Diablo 3 Release Date Tracker at BuildsGuide for further information.

Diablo 3 Classes and Factions

There are classes but no playable factions in Diablo 3. While Diablo 3 offers extensive team play and PVP features and an Auction House reminiscent of the Auction Houses in World of Warcraft and other MMO’s, Diablo 3 is not a MMO. Diablo 3 classes include the Monk and Barbarian melee classes, the Demon Hunter melee caster hybrid class and the Witch Doctor and Wizard caster classes.

Diablo 3 Demon Hunter

diablo-demon-hunter-builds-specs-guideThe Demon Hunter is one of three Diablo 3 ranged classes and the only class to weapons instead of spells for damage. The Demon Hunter relies on ranged weapons such as guns, bows, crossbows, explosives and traps for crowd-control and damage.
Besides dealing devastating damage, the abilities and skills of the Demon Hunter focus on Hatred and Discipline. Hatred and Discipline are the resource either generated or spent as the Demon Hunter executes most of her skills. Demon Hunter builds include skills and abilities for damage dealing, survivability and utility. For further info Demon Hunter talent builds, check Demon Hunter Builds & Specs. For a breakdown of Demon Hunter skills, please see the Demon Hunter Skills and Abilities.

Diablo 3 Stats, Weapons and Gear

As a majority of Blizzard games, Diablo 3 is very much a game of gear. Gear of various armor values and stats can be equipped by one or several classes. Each class has one specific core stat attribute. Most stats and attributes are beneficial in some way or another to most classes. For a complete break down on stats, check Demon Hunter Stats and Attributes.

Diablo 3 Intro Trailer