The Spoilers are Coming! The Spoilers are Coming!

Bashiok made a blue post tell us to remember remember the 14th of… May. Since that day the full game client will become available (just not to play until the servers go up) and massive datamining will commence. (On our DiabloNut, for instance.) Also, D3CE buyers will want to avoid the Artbook and Behind The Scenes DVD until they’ve completed their first play-through. Thanks to Edward for the news tip, and here’s the quote:

This is a warning to all that spoilers may occur both in these forums, and the internet at large. We’ve worked hard to craft an engaging story and fun game, and our hope is that you have a pristine experience. For that reason we recommend you exercise extreme caution when perusing the webs of cyber space.

If you’re to be the lucky owner of a Collector’s Edition, we highly recommend you wait until after you have completed the game on Normal before opening the art book or watching the behind-the-scenes DVD/Blu-ray. Both of these items contain big spoilers, and should probably be avoided until later.

You should be especially cautious on May 14, as with the installer unlocking and worldwide releases taking place, the entire game will be available to be discovered and datamined. We also plan to populate the game guide with item data that Monday, which may themselves be spoilers. If you care about spoilers, it may just be best to not go on the internet on May 14.

We will not be moderating topics discussing spoilers as long as:
– The thread title does not contain a spoiler.
– The thread title contains a {SPOILER} tag in it.
If someone is found to be purposely posting spoilers with the intent to ruin the experience for others, such as using a misleading title or posting a spoiler in an off-topic thread, they will be dealt with harshly.

We appreciate your help in attempting to keep spoilers in-check, and hope you enjoy your first experiences in Diablo III. See you in-game!

I’ve asked the guests on the last few podcasts how they’re going to handle the spoiler issue, and replies have varied. There’s less variety in the replies to a forum vote I posted last week. Votes there are running heavily, 81% at last check, towards avoiding spoilers for the first day, or first several days after launch. Whether people will actually stick to their guns and refrain, or be unable to resist reading a few tidbits and peeking at some screenshots, remains to be seen.

We will not post any spoilers in the main page news here, at least not without big warnings about it and a click through to see the details, and any spoilery comments will be deleted. Our D3 community forum will also be spoiler free for the first few days, with threads on the new stuff shunted into the datamining forum. (Same as we did with the initial burst of beta client datamining.)

Fear not though; we’ll have plenty of entertainment even if you’re avoiding spoilers, as we’re planning a bunch of cool stuff for launch day, all integrated into our very busy chat room, as we lead up to the midnight CEST launch (11pm UK). At that point we’ll be providing numerous live streams of the full game, though hidden below the click through for spoiler prevention. This is especially important for people on the US server, which won’t go live until 9 hours later, since some guy in Romania will be in Act 2 of Nightmare by then.

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48 thoughts on “The Spoilers are Coming! The Spoilers are Coming!

    • There’s a special place in normal for people who don’t know how to avoid reading things they don’t want to read.

  1. Its a good thing you told me about the art book.  I probably would have flipped through it as the game was loading.

  2. Yes, reading sites, spoilers, seeing datamined images and other sweet stuff appearing everywhere will keep my sanity in check while waiting for 2 am for the servers to open up. I think the wait would be unbearable otherwise. I’m so glad they’re unlocking the installer early.

  3. Screw it, I’m gonna read, listen to, and watch every bit of Diablo info i can get my hands onto! hahahaha

  4. I’m going to be watching Elly stream, for what, 8 hours, while I wait for the servers here New York. 
    That should be enough to get through the first 2 Acts.
    So spoil away ! 

  5. Is the spoiler that that cinematics are 10x more interesting than the game itself?

  6. Hope all the Launch Day (Eve) festivities go well here! I will be unplugging from all D3 sites that day. Too many people are just dicks, and what has been seen cannot be unseen. After 11 years since D2X, 4 years since announcement, 3 Blizzcons, and the longest beta ever, what’s one more day?

  7. I smell a Game of Thrones marathon!!! First season and second season up to episode 17 is 17 hours of time killed. Win!

        • Second and Third novels were much better than the first. Plots open up a lot more, you know the characters better,  and there are many cooler events and twists.  Book 4 started to bog down a bit as things just got too big and too many chars and plot threads.  Book 5 continued that, but even with the overall bloating of too much good stuff, the richness and detailed characterization of GRRM’s work is almost with parallel and makes the books all must reads for any fan of fantasy of even literature.

          • Literature? The books were nothing but 100% never-ending plot. That’s not literature.

  8. that was my plan anyways! the 14th my friends and i are buy food and drink and stock up on that, then go see a movie, then hang out whereever else then come 9pm, camp out infrot of gamestop till midnight, so no internet then!

  9. I can’t wait to see all the legendaries and its stats…. I wonder if there are more legendaries than D2+LoD uniques combined.

  10. I admit it, I’m one of those dawg’s that like to hand out spoilers left right and center. It’s like a race to me to be the first to spoil it for others before they spoil it for me, hey cheeseburger. Maybe member’s should have tag’s such as ‘known spoiler’ to help the baby faced community remain in unspoilt territory xD Yes yes, kneel before the mighty ZOD!!!

  11. I’ll just avoid IncGamers frontpage and bookmark the wiki in the event that I need it. Shouldn’t be too hard since I plan on finishing the game within the first 48 hours of launch.

  12. Glad that the frontpage will be spoiler free. Cause I thought to forget about this site until I’ve finished the game. Still won’t be going to the forums, that’s a must.

  13. I have so many assignments due Tuesday (i’m an aussie, and wont get to hop onto a server until 5pm on the 15th), that waiting for the game to come out and trying to avoid spoilers shouldnt be too bad.

  14. I don’t mind some spoilers, but not so many that it will ruin the story arc. For instance, in SC2 I wanted to understand all the units and game mechanics long before the game came out. But as for the main storyline, (even if the ending was a bit lame) I really enjoyed experiencing it as the game unfolded. So if I start to see to many spoilers, I may just have to avoid anything Diablo III related until I finish playing the game on normal. 😈

    • I actually thought that the ending was the best part of what was, honestly, not the Blizzard’s best story ever, and that’s putting it lightly. It was pretty cool, somewhat expected (though I thought that they will fail, and hoped that Zerg will overrun everyone). 

      Spoiler: Kerrigan is de-infested at the end of SC2, and becomes relatively normal human again. 

  15. Easy solution guys: Disconnect the modem!! Oh wait…….. damn you online-only single player!!

    • You know, I was going to make that joke in the post. But I figured it would just generate complaints from some of the usual suspects. I’m glad that someone did though, so at least it’s connected to the OP in some fashion.

  16. There is no Diablo. Its just a costume Deckard Cain wears while not on screen.
    ^spoiler above btw^

  17. As some guy in Romania, thank you for mentioning me on the front page news. I´ll do my best to get to Act 2 Nightmare before Americans.

  18. All I coul read was : blah blah blah spoilers balh  we also plan to populate the game guide with item data that Monday HYPERHYPE blah blah spoilers END

  19. “If you care about spoilers, it may just be best to not go on the internet on May 14.”

    NOOOO, *starts shaking*, I need my internet bits! *crack in voice* internet bits…. 

  20. sorry for saying but incgamers should learn a lot from that blizzards post about spoilers …

  21. [Quote] We will not post any spoilers in the main page news here, at least not without big warnings about it and a click through to see the details, and any spoilery comments will be deleted. Our D3 community forum will also be spoiler free for the first few days [/Quote]
    Guys, u are awesome! Thanks for that, i appreciate it very much! 

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