news\ May 8, 2012 at 10:01 am

Blizzard issues Diablo 3 'launch day preparation guide'

In preparation for the highly-anticipated launch of Diablo 3 next week, Blizzard has released a "Launch Day Preparation Guide", giving fans just about all the information they'll need to adequately prepare for the long-awaited action RPG.

The guide touches on a few already well-known topics like how to purchase Diablo 3 and how to create your BattleTag, if you haven't already done either of those.

The launch time of the game is broken down by region with the Americas (U.S., Canada, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia) servers opening at 12:01 a.m. PDT, May 15.

If you've already purchased a digital copy of Diablo 3, you can begin downloading your client right now, which Blizzard "highly" encourages you to do so. If the game is as popular as I predict it to be, it may take some time to download the full game, so it's best that you begin now.

In addition, Blizzard will be unlocking the game's installer at 8:01 a.m. PDT on May 14th.  This will allow you to begin installing the game, download and install the launch day 1.0.1 patch, and be ready to play as soon as the servers come online.

Global Play will be turned on when the game has launched in all regions.  This means that you will not be able to play in a region outside your home region until after the Americas’ midnight launch at 12:01 a.m. PDT on May 15.  For more information on Global Play and playing outside of your home region, check out our previous article.

Lastly, Blizzard wans of launch night login delays.

"As we’ve unlocked the Diablo III installer early, many people will be ready to log in right when the servers go live at midnight, so we’re going to be closely monitoring the impact on the service," Blizzard warned.  "It’s possible we’ll need to adjust the rate at which we’re logging people in to ensure a stable experience, and if we do you may see a delay when attempting to login."

"Please be aware that a delay of up to 40 seconds is possible while the game attempts to connect you. If your connection doesn’t succeed in 40 seconds, you’ll be presented with an Error 37 message and asked to try again. If you see this error it does in fact mean that you should try again."

Diablo 3's release is just a week away! Will you be ready to slay the demons come launch day?

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