Diablo® III

Diablo III European Release

100 Human Paladin
8545
Posts: 2,107
With the European release of Diablo III drawing closer and closer, I thought I'd share this short list of facts and tips about the upcoming release so that you can start out prepared and without any misinformation 'barring your way'. ;)

Troubles in ASIA will NOT affect EU, says Bashiok. Max wishes you a great Diablo III experience. I will be going in-game, so won't look after this thread. Enjoy and have fun!

Launch: Imminent
In order to play Diablo III, you need to have created your Battletag before logging in. You can do this here: https://www.battle.net/account/management/battletag-create.html
Also make sure to set your region to 'Europe' in the game client's configuration.
Installer has been unlocked!!
Patch 1.0.1 = 59.3MB

WARNING! Updated downloaders: http://eu.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/3888532506?page=1#2

____________________________
| Diablo III: European Release |
`````````````````````````````````````````````````

Blizzard has stated that the release of Diablo III is the actual moment when they 'unlock' the live game servers. This is one and the same thing. Beforehand, you will be allowed to install the game and update it with Patch 1.0.1.
  • Diablo III will be installable for the European region on:
    Yesterday, at 17:01 CEST.
  • Diablo III will be released for the European region on:
    Today, at 00:01 CEST.

(CEST = Central European Summer Time, aka 'Paris Time')

(See https://twitter.com/#!/Bashiok/status/199892257338429440 )

In all parts of Europe, Diablo III will therefore be installable and release at the same time. There are no countries or locations within the European region that will be eligible to play Diablo III before or after you. However, due to different timezones, your local time may be different:

By country
  • Iceland, Azores: Today, 22:01 (install: Today, 15:01)
  • UK, Ireland, Portugal: Today, 23:01 (install: Today, 16:01)
  • Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Andorra, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, FYR Macedonia, Albania, Norway, Sweden: 15th May, 00:01 (install: Today, 17:01)
  • Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus: 15th May, 01:01 (install: Today, 18:01)

By timezone
  • GMT/UTC (= CEST-2): Today, 22:01
  • BST/GMT+1 (= CEST-1): Today, 23:01
  • CEST/GMT+2 (= CEST): 15th May, 00:01
  • EEST/GMT+3 (= CEST+1): 15th May, 01:01

Aforementioned dates and times will be called 'launch' below.

__________________________
| Diablo III: Russian Release |
``````````````````````````````````````````````

Blizzard has stated that citizens of the (European part of) Russia will have a seperate release date set at 8 June 2012 for both digital (downloaded) and retail.

_____________________
| System requirements |
`````````````````````````````````````

(See http://us.battle.net/support/en/article/diablo-iii-system-requirements )

____________________
| Which client to use? |
````````````````````````````````````

In the past months Beta testers (both closed and open) have used a Beta client (version 0.X.X.XXXXX.BETA) to play the Beta. Bear in mind that this is a seperate client that does not upgrade itself to a live version. If you have the Beta client, you can uninstall it after May 1st, as the Beta stage will end at that point, and the Beta client will become redundant. Everyone who wants to access the servers upon launch needs to have the Full Game Client (technically, version 1.0.0.500). Before the launch this client can be downloaded if you have either the Blizzard Annual Pass, or a digital prepurchase. The client can be downloaded under Account > Games & Codes > Download Game Clients in your Battle.net Account page. If you do not have access to the game client at this point, you will have to wait until you obtain your retail or box-copy version including associated key, which can be entered in your Battle.net Account section as well.

The download consists of a small (7 MB) downloader, which upon running, downloads the full client installer (approx. 7 GB) to your computer. You do not need to save this to a Program Files folder, as this just the actual game installer itself, and not the game files. You could download it to your desktop for easy access. I have checked the downloaded contents and they have not changed so far, so you'll be just as up-to-date with a client downloaded month(s) ago. The actual updates will be downloaded after installing.

___________________
| Installing Diablo III |
``````````````````````````````````

7 hours before the launch, on May 14th at 17:01 CEST to be precise, you will be allowed to run the installer. It will no longer give a message indicating that Diablo III is not launched yet, but instead it will download some essential encrypted files that are necessary to decrypt the installation tomes. Once this is complete, the installer will install Diablo III onto your pc as usual, and afterwards you can run the launcher.

The launcher will download Patch 1.0.1 also known as the 'day one patch'. Its size hasn't been confirmed by Blizzard yet, however Blizzard GM Bashiok has stated it is "less than 100 MB".

This patch contains changes that were made since the compilation of the pre-downloaded client. This is the first point at which there may be a high server load, but it's not expected to cause problems, since people will have up to 16 hours to install and download this patch. You should be able to get everything up-to-date well before the actual launch.

(See: <a href="http://eu.battle.net/d3/en/blog/4371302/Launch_Day_Preparation_Guide-11_05_2012 )

____________________________
| What happens upon launch? |
`````````````````````````````````````````````````

When Blizzard 'launches' Diablo III, it means they will unlock the servers, which will be at 15th May, 00:01 CEST. This is the moment you will be allowed to login, so it's recommended to have the game client started up already, and you're waiting at the login screen. When you start the game, you'll probably get some intro cinematic, after which you will be able to login with your Battle.net credentials, followed by the screen at which you can create your first character.

There's two server load points that should be kept in mind here:
  • Logging in. The Login servers will have to handle a lot of login requests at once. This is the biggest hurdle. I'm not sure whether or not it'll cause as many errors as we've seen during Open Beta stress tests, but if you get an error, continue to try to login. It'll probably work after some attempts.
  • Creating a game. Games may be full or the game servers are too busy handling requests to start new games. This includes solo games! There is a queue system now that seems to work fine (in Beta anyway), so repeated attempts will probably not be necessary.

_________
| In-game |
`````````````````

After you're in a game, you should be ok. Disconnects may occur, but in the Beta stress tests, this stage was relatively 'safe'. It's recommended to stick to a game as much as possible. If you plan to make a coop game (with friends for example), discuss and plan these things beforehand.

Edited to fix link issues ~ Nakatoir
Edited by MaxTheDragon#2105 on 14/05/2012 22:54 BST
Reply Quote
100 Human Paladin
8545
Posts: 2,107
________________________________
| New downloader English/German |
`````````````````````````````````````````````````````````

Warning! If you have downloaded the client (the 7.6 GB of files) before 12th May, 10:00 AM CEST, you will be required to download the updated downloader and let it fix your client.
See the link below for more information. Run the new downloader as Administrator, and choose the parent directory of the "Diablo-III-8370-enGB-Installer" folder, not that folder itself. So if C:/Foo/Bar/Diablo-III-8370-enGB-Installer/ contains your installation files, choose C:/Foo/Bar/ in the setup window. Otherwise it will not detect your files correctly and then will cause it to redownload everything. If you do it properly as described above, you will only have to download approximately 65MB of changed data.

(See: http://eu.battle.net/d3/en/blog/4410912/New_Downloaders_for_English_and_German-12_05_2012 )

_______________________________
| Upgrading to Collector's Edition |
``````````````````````````````````````````````````````

If you have a digital client from the Annual Pass or pre-purchase but you're also expecting a Collector's Edition to arrive, then you will be able to upgrade your Standard license into a Collector's Edition on your Battle.net Account section. Doing so will NOT erase any progress you've made so far on your Standard licence. Things like the wings item will appear in your stash after upgrade.

Annual Pass holders will be able to contact Customer Support to have their associated Diablo III Standard license converted to 4 months of WoW game time, that counts as entitlement towards your Annual Pass contract. Thus, there will be 4 months less payment necessary to fulfill your Annual Pass.

Prepurchasers (not Annual Pass!) will be able to contact Customer Support to have their Standard license converted to a Diablo III key that you can for example gift to a friend.

______________
| Beta progress |
`````````````````````````

All progress in Beta will be deleted. Blizzard has given closed Beta participants a feat of strength 'One of the Chosen' and an accompanying sigil. No achievements, characters, items, auctions, banners, gold or feats will be carried over, however. Your Beta profile is completely seperate from your release profile. Beta profiles are dummy data with the sole intent of testing by Blizzard development teams.

__________
| Hardcore |
``````````````````

In the live version you will be able to create a Hardcore character after you've leveled a Softcore character to level 10. Doing this takes roughly an hour. Be aware that any kind of server lag or disconnection, even during or due to the launch, is not a valid reason to ask Blizzard to resurrect your character. Hardcore comes with hardcore risks! It´s strongly discouraged to start a hardcore character at this point, but if you must, then also be ready take all consequences.

______
| Tips |
``````````
  • You can check if your downloader has downloaded all installation fixes successfully, by verifying that there are 4 folders, 14 files and their total size is 7,60 GB (8.162.932.728 bytes).
  • Game configuration can be done as soon as you have installed Diablo III. You don't have to wait for the game servers to unlock. Start the game, and enter the configuration screen from the login screen, and then configure away. :)
  • If you've played the Beta and experience errors upon launch, and they are not related to server load, (for example you're unable to launch the game), try deleting/backupping the D3Prefs.txt file in your personal Diablo III folder:
    • Windows: C:/Users/[Name]/Documents/Diablo III
    • Mac: /Application Support/Blizzard/Diablo III

    This file contains preferences created by the Beta client which could potentially conflict with the release client. Im not sure at this point whether it will cause errors, but it's something you could try.
  • Diablo III is not Crysis. If you have a reasonably recent computer, you will probably be fine playing Diablo III.
  • It's possible that if the launch does not turn out to be a smooth ride for Blizzard, that servers will be taken down for further tuning/fixing. Please be patient and don't spam the forums. There's no reason to be angry.
  • Check Blizzard's Twitter accounts (Bashiok's for example). They usually give updates quickly.
  • When planning to play Coop with friends, appoint one person beforehand who will start the game. Others will be able to add him/her to their friends list to be able to quick join their game (button in the lower-right corner of the character screen).
  • Play responsibly. If you plan to play lengthy sessions after the launch, be prepared (take a long nap on the 14th ;)) and take breaks. In solo play, the game can be 'paused' with ESC, this shouldn't disconnect you.
  • Buy 'training rings' if they are available from the vendor in-game (+2-4 damage, +6 exp per kill). ;)
Edited by MaxTheDragon#2105 on 12/05/2012 16:16 BST
Reply Quote
Posts: 6,531
nice tips thx ;)
Edited by Rebound#2622 on 01/05/2012 15:55 BST
Reply Quote
Posts: 215
Those underlined parts are really hurting my eyes :(

Edit: ah you took them away, nice ;)
Edited by BrutalButter#2622 on 01/05/2012 15:46 BST
Reply Quote
Annual Pass holders will be able to contact Customer Support to have their associated Diablo III Standard license converted to 4 months of WoW game time, that counts as entitlement towards your Annual Pass contract. Thus, there will be 4 months less payment necessary to fulfill your Annual Pass.


I thougth this part was automated?
Reply Quote
Posts: 258
Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece!
We rock!
Reply Quote
Posts: 39
requesting for sticky
Reply Quote
01/05/2012 15:41Posted by Maxthedragon
Everyone who wants to access the servers upon launch needs to have the Full Game Client (technically, version 1.0.0.500). Before the launch this client can be downloaded if you have either the Blizzard Annual Pass, or a digital prepurchase.


..or if you know where to look for it : http://diablo.incgamers.com/forums/showthread.php?824402-Diablo-III-FULL-RETAIL-BY-BLIZZARD-PRE-DOWNLOAD&highlight=download
Reply Quote
Posts: 3
+1 you covered pretty much everything, hopefully this will get stickied and will help clean up the forum of some of the most common threads.
Reply Quote
+1 sticky pls
Reply Quote
Posts: 475
Nice very post.

However im pretty sure Swedem is GMT +1 (I know it says gmt+2 on internet sometimes), I remember WoW servers went online here 23.00 in 2004.
Reply Quote
Posts: 122
I was so close to do the same thread after seeing so many people who got confused. Thanks for making it instead of me :D
Reply Quote
Posts: 578
01/05/2012 16:08Posted by Sursum
However im pretty sure Swedem is GMT +1 (I know it says gmt+2 on internet sometimes), I remember WoW servers went online here 23.00 in 2004.


Youre forgetting summertime.
Reply Quote
Posts: 107
When will we be able to download the full client?
Reply Quote
100 Troll Shaman
11690
Posts: 2,118
Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece!
We rock!
I take it you don't quite grasp the concept of time zones? You get it at the exact same time as everyone else in Europe. Your clocks will display something else, but you don't actually get to play sooner than anyone else.

01/05/2012 16:08Posted by Sursum
However im pretty sure Swedem is GMT +1 (I know it says gmt+2 on internet sometimes), I remember WoW servers went online here 23.00 in 2004.
Summer time adjustment. GMT does not have summer time, so Sweden is at GMT+1 or GMT+2 depending on the time of year. The release is at midnight CEST (Central European Summer Time = GMT+2), which is the same as current local Swedish time.
Reply Quote
01/05/2012 16:14Posted by Incoming
When will we be able to download the full client?


Lol fail troll.... If not then read the post and dont fail reading
Reply Quote
100 Human Paladin
8545
Posts: 2,107
..or if you know where to look for it : http://diablo.incgamers.com/forums/showthread.php?824402-Diablo-III-FULL-RETAIL-BY-BLIZZARD-PRE-DOWNLOAD&highlight=download

I didn't want to add third party links. The Battle.net reference is the 'official' way to go about referencing. ;)

01/05/2012 16:08Posted by Sursum
However im pretty sure Swedem is GMT +1 (I know it says gmt+2 on internet sometimes), I remember WoW servers went online here 23.00 in 2004.

GMT does not incorporate Summer Time. Because Blizzard used a summer time dependant timezone (CEST), it is actually GMT+2. In the summer you are GMT+2, in the winter you are GMT+1.

01/05/2012 16:14Posted by Incoming
When will we be able to download the full client?

You can pre-download the Full Game Client already from your Battle.net Account section, IF you have pre-purchased it or have an Annual Pass. If not, you'll have to wait you get a retail copy which are sold on launch (or perhaps shirtly before if you're lucky).

01/05/2012 16:17Posted by Sanzul
I take it you don't quite grasp the concept of time zones? You get it at the exact same time as everyone else in Europe. Your clocks will display something else, but you don't actually get to play sooner than anyone else.

He was probably just proud to mention his nationality being in that list. :P
Edited by MaxTheDragon#2105 on 01/05/2012 16:25 BST
Reply Quote
+1 to you, sir, for the nice, well-structured post
Reply Quote
Posts: 1,237
Great job Max <3
Reply Quote

Please report any Code of Conduct violations, including:

Threats of violence. We take these seriously and will alert the proper authorities.

Posts containing personal information about other players. This includes physical addresses, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and inappropriate photos and/or videos.

Harassing or discriminatory language. This will not be tolerated.

Forums Code of Conduct

Report Post # written by

Reason
Explain (256 characters max)
Submit Cancel

Reported!

[Close]