Diablo III launched at midnight, worldwide. Literally; the game became playable at midnight in each region, which gave Asia a 16 hour lead and put the game live on the European realm eight hours ahead of the US, since the Americas realm went live at midnight Blizzard time, which was 3am on the East Coast. We took advantage of IncGamers’ location in the UK by live-streaming as soon as the EU realm was live, 8 hours ahead of the US launch.
Europe might get a few hours headstart again for Reaper of Souls, though Blizzard hasn’t confirmed that yet. What they have confirmed is that the Reaper of Souls launch time is Monday @ Midnight, East Coast time. That’s 9pm on the West Coast — 3 hours earlier than D3 went live on the Americas realm.
Grimiku: I can confirm our intention is for Reaper of Souls to go live after 12:00am ET, which is 9:00pm PT. We’ll also be starting a live Q&A with Josh Mosqueira and Wyatt Cheng on Twitch after 9:00 pm PT, too. It’s going to be a very exciting evening! We’re looking forward to it, and hope to see you all in Sanctuary.
That time puts the launch squarely in the middle of the Reaper of Souls launch party in Los Angeles, which I and a good number of our site contributors and podcast regulars will be attending. (Confirmed attendees include: Flux, Waterfiend, Nizaris, Neinball, Katniss, Wolfpaq, and some others I’m forgetting.)
Diablo 3 launch flashback.
I’ll be at the party, so no live stream from me at launch hour. And why would you watch someone else play when you could be playing yourself? That said, if RoS goes live on the European realm at midnight, that’s 5 hours ahead of the US launch, so perhaps maybe Elly or some of other EU clan members could get in and broadcast some early Act Five and Adventure Mode action.
When we thought the launch was going at midnight California time, I was planning on tweeting a bunch of live updates and pics from the launch event. I’ll still do that as I can, but like that Twitch.tv interview… none of you guys will care after 9pm, since you’ll have RoS to play.
What are you guys planning for launch night? Have you taken a sick day for Tuesday so you can play all night? Will you get to bed early and start playing at dawn the next day? Have you sacrificed a virtual goat to ward off any Error 37 type Battle.net death spirals?