Next week marks the launch of the highly anticipated Blizzard role playing title, Diablo III. Starting May 14, players in select cities from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, Poland, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore and Taiwan will have a chance to partake in official launch parties.

In Diablo III, players assume the role of one of five heroic characters — barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk or demon hunter — and engage in pulse-pounding combat with endless legions of evil. As they undertake an epic quest to rid Sanctuary from the corrupting forces of the Burning Hells, players will explore diverse and perilous settings, grow in experience and ability, acquire artifacts of incredible power, and meet key characters who’ll join them in battle or aid them in other ways. Diablo III was built from the ground up to leverage the full functionality of Blizzard’s Battle.net platform, which delivers powerful matchmaking and communication tools, allowing players to seamlessly join forces for exciting cooperative play.

In the United States, the official launch party will be hosted in cooperation with GameStop near Blizzard Corporate Office:

The Great Wheel Court of the Irvine Spectrum Mall
71 Fortune Drive
Irvine, CA  92618

The party begins at 8:00PM on May 14. Fans in attendance will enjoy a fanastic evening of entertainment before Diablo III goes on sale at midnight. Best of all, there will be prizes, exciting Diablo-related video footage, contests with exclusive Diablo III themed prizes, such as laser-etched desktop PCs from Intel. Like with all awesome Blizzard launch parties, members of the Diablo IIIdevelopment team will be on site at each of the official events to meet with players and sign their copies of the game.

For more information on other global launch events, visit http://www.blizzard.com/company/events/d3-opening/.

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