Blizzard Entertainment is expanding their gaming lineup in China with Diablo 3. Diablo 3 will be launched in China as part of a licensing agreement between Blizzard Entertainment and the Chinese company NetEase Inc. The announcement was made by Blizzard today.
As of right now, it is still unsure as to what type of pricing and platform will be made available in the Chinese launch. We?re guessing that it would be, at least for starters, the Windows game as well as the expansion.
Diablo 3 first launched back in 2012 for the PC platform. Since then, it has transitioned to consoles and even added the first major expansion Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls. China now has five Blizzard titles under its belt with Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm (still in beta), Starcraft 2, World of Warcraft and with Diablo 3 being the fifth.
William Ding, founder and CEO of NetEase, said in a statement: ?We’re very excited that with our effort, all five of Blizzard Entertainment’s game series will be delivered to Chinese players.? He went on to add that: ?We’ll continue to work closely with Blizzard to prepare for a smooth?Diablo 3launch in China so that local gamers can start playing this epic adventure as soon as possible.?
When Diablo 3 first launched, it was plagued by server issues with the sheer number of players overwhelming what Blizzard could hold. ?A little later down the road, issues with the game?s auction house forced the developers to come to a decision to remove it completely from the game. Diablo 3 has undergone a lot of new changes since then and this launch in China shouldn?t be too much of an issue as Diablo 3 has aged quite nicely and Blizzard should be more than ready to take on whatever volume of gamers that come their way.
There were already Chinese players playing Diablo 3 on different servers and this move would give Chinese players exclusive server access to play in.
The game has sold more than 15 million copies spanning all platforms and sold a staggering 3.5 million copies in the first 24 hours causing the servers to overload.
Photo Source: Diablo 3 website
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