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BlizzCon 2011: Diablo III Free To World Of Warcraft Annual Pass Subscribers

At the Gamasutra-attended BlizzCon in Anaheim, CA today, the company revealed its plan to give Diablo III as a free bonus to buyers of a new World of Warcraft annual pass.
At the Gamasutra-attended BlizzCon in Anaheim, CA today, the company revealed its plan to give the full digital copy of Diablo III as a free bonus to buyers of a new World of Warcraft annual pass. During the opening ceremonies at the annual conference for Blizzard Entertainment, CEO Michael Morhaime explained that players can get the upcoming action RPG Diablo III for free if they paid for a 12-month subscription to WoW. Morhaime did not reveal pricing specifics for the new annual pass offering, but an FAQ for the promotion said that the year-long commitment could be paid in monthly installments. Blizzard also said in order to qualify for the promotion, players must be 18 and older, have a valid credit card and have a full, registered version of WoW on or before 11/18/2011. WoW, which originally launched in 2004, has lost a chunk of players over the past several months. Even with the loss of players, the MMO still boasts over 11 million users worldwide. Blizzard said that once the WoW annual subscription is up, the digital copy of Diablo III is for players to keep. Those who partake in the promotion will also get the World of Warcraft mount, Tyrael's Charger, and beta access to the next WoW expansion, the newly-announced Mists of Pandaria. Blizzard has yet to reveal a firm release date for Diablo III, but recently moved the date to sometime in "early 2012.

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