Seven days and counting to Diablo III - so here's what you can expect leading up to and during the game's launch here in Australia.
I'm expecting there's going to be a lot of empty chairs in offices around the world on the day Diablo III launches. This is a game years in the making, with all the anticipation to match. But it' a big, complex beast, these days, so it pays to be ready for what's going to happen on launch day.
It breaks down like this...
If you've got a digital presale edition, you can get downloading the client right now. The actual installer unlocks at 8.01am PDT (Pacific Daylight Time), on the 14th of May; this converts to a local time (in New South Wales at least) of 1.01am on the 15th.
Something which Blizzard mentions a lot in its install guides is how handy lead time might be for any troubleshooting issues with the install. Not sure if that means Blizz is just ready for anything, or we should be worried.
Once the game is installed, there'll also a day one patch - Patch 1.0.1, to be exact.
In terms of actual servers going live, this one's a bit more interesting. Blizzard has lumped Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia into the Americas, so our servers go live with the main US ones, which also signel the launch of Global Play (which lets you play outside your region). Go time for live servers is 12.01am PDT on the 15th, which equates to 5.01pm in New South Wales.
Yes, the 15th could be the longest day ever, as a mess of us will have the game, but be unable to play the damn thing. At least that means we've got a lot of time for patch downloading and aforementioned troubleshooting.
For the full details on the launch, check out the full guide on Battle.net.