Blizzards Launch Day Preparation Guide

Blizzard posted a lengthy guide on how to prepare for the end of days. The good news is that we can start to install the game early.

8:01 a.m. PDT on May 14
16:01 BST on May 14
17.01 CEST on May 14.

I’ve bolded some text below but it’s worth pointing out here that if you planned on playing in a different region you will not be able to before that region has gone live.  For example, in Europe you can play before the US but if you were going to utilise Global Play to play with friends in the US you won’t be able.

As we near Diablo III’s long-awaited May 15 launch date, we have some additional details to share on what to expect, how to prepare, and when you’ll be able to begin installing and playing.

Purchase the Game

If you haven’t already purchased Diablo III you can acquire it directly from Blizzard through the digital presale. You can also preorder the game at most major retailers and fine purveyors of high-quality gaming products worldwide. If you’re interested in the Diablo® III Collector’s Edition, please be aware that this physical retail-only edition is printed in limited quantities and has already sold out in most places that take preorders on games. We recommend calling around and checking if your local retailers will have the Collector’s Edition available.

Create Your BattleTag™

We expect that on launch night both the game service and website will be under very heavy strain due to the immense number of people excited to be among the first playing Diablo III. With that in mind, we highly recommend you create your BattleTag now, as it’s required to play Diablo III. Please keep in mind that this non-unique nickname is a permanent choice, and will display both in-game and on the website, so be sure to choose one you like! (What is a BattleTag?)

Regional Launch Times

As previously mentioned in the announcement of our midnight launch events, the launch time of the game is broken down by region.
The Americas (U.S., Canada, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia) servers open at: 12:01 a.m. PDT, May 15

Digital Presale Download

If you’ve purchased a digital copy you can begin downloading your client right now, and we highly encourage you to do so. We also have a Diablo III presale visual guide available that may be helpful. As it may take you some time to download the full game, it’s best that you begin early. This may afford you additional time to troubleshoot any downloader or installer issues you may encounter.

Early Install

We will be unlocking the game’s installer at 8:01 a.m. PDT on May 14. This will allow you to begin installing the game, troubleshoot any issues you run into, download and install the launch day 1.0.1 patch, and be ready to play as soon as the servers come online.

Global Play Launch Time

We’ll be turning on Global Play 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. We’ll provide an update once Global Play is enabled, and you’ll then be able to change the region you connect to through the game’s options. Please note that characters, items, and friends lists do not transfer across regions and players who use Global Play to connect outside of their home region will only be able to access the gold-based auction house. More information can be found in our Global Play introduction article.

Launch Night Login

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. 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. We’ll be working around the clock to keep you informed of any issues that are occurring through the in-game breaking news window, as well as the official forums.

And in a similar vein a thread in the General forum that initially kicked off discussing the state of desks on the 15th has evolved into a sort of survival guide.  It’s quite amusing to see what people have on their desks, some of whom need some serious de-cluttering.  Check it out and join in.

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    77 thoughts on “Blizzards Launch Day Preparation Guide

    1. awesome that we can install the game before the servers are up, should make any hassles that occur get fixed asap not affect the first log-ins at 12:01 PDT 😀
      im still in disbelief at the countdown timer… its less than a week

    2. Awesome news. & now I know when to stay well clear of the forums & comments sections for fear of reading spoilers due to all the dataminers.

      • I don’t know if I’ll be able to resist datamining. I know others will, but the temptation will be grand. It’s like they’re dangling it in front of my face. 🙁

        • resist!!! just think of how much better it will be going through the game not knowing EXACTLY what will happen with the story! 😀

            • Hehe, you do what you need to do good man. I’ll just not be looking is all if you post stuffs!  😀

          • Why bother, it’s not like the story isn’t the usual predictable Blizzard stuff anyway. Spoilers for Blizzard games are about as hard to see coming as spoilers for Wrestling PPVs.

            • While, yes, Blizzard is full of horrible writers, riddle me this: Can you tell me every major plot point in D3 before we do our datamining? If not, then your point is null. And that’s not the point of datamining anyway.

    3. Anyone want to bet that the servers will be down on the 15th due to unforeseen issues?  8)

      • hope to god not, but what happened in the open beta was a good image exercise so I have confidence in them.

      • It’s possible, but the Open Beta went fairly smooth (for me). I had to try reconnecting for maybe an hour before I got in. I made a macro during open beta to retry once every 2 seconds since queuing was non-existent. It seems they’ve added some 40 second delay where I imagine the game is auto-retrying.

    4. I have a question.  I bought digital.  Does it come with a key or something?  I never received a note or confirmation or anything.  It is noted on my Bnet account.  Its says D3 global release or digital or whatever.  But when they unlock it on 5/14 and it starts to unwrap itself, will i be prompted to enter in a key like when I buy a physical copy from the store?  thanks.

      • if you bought the game digitally thru then the game does not require a key to be put on your account
        if you go into the game details i believe u can see your game serial key, but it is not required to download/install/play once the game is bought and automatically linked through your account (:

      • stonerdoom,

        No need of any key.

        1. Download D3 installer from Bnet now.
        2. Install on 14th May
        3. Launch at the midnight and log in with your Bnet account.
        4. Enjoy the game 

        • actually you download the downloader 
          then you run the downloader which downloads the installer
          then on the 14th you run the installer 

      • If you brought a digital copy then it already had its code redeemed to your account there’s no need for a key, as that only adds a licence to your account.
        If you brought a copy as a gift then you should get a key.

    5. Digital copies do not send out keys, you have all your keys on Battle.Net page when you click the game it shows your key, but you don’t need the key to install.

      • The Key is just to register the game to your account to allow you to log into their game. they dont care if you install it but you cant play it without a valid account. 

        at least this is how i interpreted it. 

    6. Saw this on the main site. Good to know that you’ll be able to install and be ready to go at 12:01 am. one more week!

    7. Seriously this BS DRM is shit – come release day servers going be flooded. So instead of playing and enjoying single player offline game I have to stare at the “que” and wait to log on and play. So the product which i payed for is now useless until load capacity and other crap is settled on blizzards end. Why am I paying full price for this again?
      PS, people already cracked your drm and emulated single player servers will be out soon enough so wtf blizzard, i mean activision.

      • Looks like someone hasn’t played the beta.  Clearly those emulated servers are as good as the real deal…
        Capcha: oh, wait   ZING!!! 

      • You’re paying full price for this, as you’re respecting that Blizzard has put an awful lot of blood, sweat and tears into making it. The ‘always online’ has never been a secret; starting to moan about it now is just silly.

      • I wager it’ll be a year, or more like years, before the emulator even holds a candle to the official game, and the truth is there is no way to “crack” Diablo 3. You have a smart server ( and a dummy client. Remember: You can’t fix stupid.

      • If you are going to put something in quotes, at least make it correct.  “Queue”

    8. is it possible to pre-install the game using the downloadable installer and then use the key from a physical copy to unlock it?

    9. Now if only retailers are gonna sell Collectors Editions on 14 may, then I would be happy 🙂

    10. Ohh jeezus, In my country all retailers sold out on their d3 pre-order copies and i can’t buy digital.

      • Ha-ha! I was just coming by to comment on that. It will literally look like that come release day. All glowing and stuff.

    11. Hey, I’ve pre-ordered D3 but am interested in the digital download, how do you recover your game if your pc ever dies or crashes, any info would be helpful

    12. Csn somebody post the link to downloadning the EU client for those of us who ordered from a store? Thanks

    13. Question for anyone.
      I didn’t understand if the Diablo 3 installer was only available for ppl who pre-purchased via Blizzard or for everyone? Why wouldn’t it be available for everyone?

    14. I have a question regarding battletags – are diablo character names now irrelevant and instead battletags are shown ingame? If so, thats very annoying as names are important in rpg games

      • Nope. The battletag is just for your friends when they need to add you as a friend. 

        What you name your character is what your friends see ingame 🙂 

        • Cool thanks for the answer. But you sure? I saw battletags ingame whebn playing the beta. They changed that?

          • Bashy said they were going to change it in the full game so you’d see char names instead of just battletags.  if they actually did that and how it works is yet unknown.

    15. i pre ordered mine off of Amazon, hopefully its arriving on the 14th. if by chance it doesn’t, do you know if i can still install it with the installer? and play it when i get my copy?  

      • Yep – you can install it without a key – but you can’t log in until you’ve added the game to your account when the box arrives. I’m also hoping Amazon post it early :s

    16. “download and install the launch day 1.0.1 patch, and be ready to play as soon as the servers come online.”

      That right there is a lot of confidence. Looking good!

    17. Stupid question – Do I have to download anything but the 1.0.1 patch if I install from the boxed copy?
      7+gigs takes a long time on my stupid line.

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