II GOES GOLD
prepares for its biggest worldwide launch ever
Calif. – June 7, 2000 – Gamers should start clearing their calendars and
stocking up on caffeinated beverages now. Blizzard Entertainment announced
today that Diablo II, its highly anticipated real-time action role-playing
game, has gone gold. The game, which has initial orders in excess
of 1.5 million copies worldwide, will start shipping to retailers worldwide
as early as the end of June.
Diablo II, players return to a dark world plagued by evil forces. After
possessing the body of the hero who defeated him,
Diablo resumes his nefarious scheme to
shackle humanity into unholy slavery by joining forces with
the other Prime Evils, Mephisto and Baal. Players face a new series of quests
to rid the world of Diablo and his vile brethren forever.
II is our most ambitious undertaking to date," said Mike Morhaime,
Blizzard Entertainment president and co-founder,
"From the depth of each character
class and the size of each act to the expansion of Battle.net’s new
worldwide architecture and the number of languages for which we localized
the game, the scope of Diablo II is much larger than any of our past
projects. With development complete, we are now focused on shipping
this game to retail worldwide by the end of the month."
features in the game include:
Five all new character classes — the Amazon, Paladin, Barbarian, Sorceress
and Necromancer — each with unique skills and abilities. In all, Diablo
II offers 150 special abilities as each character can develop 30 unique,
class specific skills and spells throughout the game.
Four expansive towns to explore complete with wilderness areas, dungeons,
monasteries, tombs, caverns and crypts.
A randomly generated world with filled with all-new weapons, armor, monsters,
unique items, non-playing characters and more than 20 quests.
Nearly 25 minutes of motion picture quality cinematics and a 70-minute original
score of ambient music.
Full multiplayer support for up to eight players and expanded Battle.net
support with servers on land in North America,
Europe and Asia.
Optional 3Dfx and Direct3D support that offers near-perfect perspective,
including scaling and parallax effects, to the
game play experience.
Diablo released in 1997, it was an instant hit among gamers and debuted
as the number-one selling game its first month in stores. The game
has sold in excess of 2 million copies worldwide and was the number-one
selling computer role-playing game in 1997.
II is being developed by the Blizzard North design team and is expected
to release on three CD-ROMs by the end of June in Windows®95/98/2000/NT
format. A Macintosh version of the game will be available
during the third quarter 2000. Though Diablo II’s rating is currently pending,
Blizzard anticipates that the game will receive a Mature rating from
the ESRB. The game will be available at most computer and software retail
chains worldwide. The game will also be offered directly from Blizzard at
(800) 953-SNOW and www.blizzard.com.
II’s single-player minimum system requirements are Windows® 2000/95/98/NT,
Pentium® 233 or equivalent, 32 MB RAM, 650 MB available hard
drive space, 4X CD-ROM drive and DirectX compatible video card.Additional
multiplayer system requirements include 64 MB RAM, 950 MB available
hard drive space and 28.8 Kbps or faster modem. The game also
offers optional 3D acceleration by supporting Glide and Direct 3D compatible
video cards with at least 8MB of video RAM. Direct 3D requires 64
MB of system RAM.