It has been a whole twelve years since the last instalment of the hack-and-slash series, Diablo II was released, however, the game remains one played even by today's selective generation, despite ageing graphics and a long completed storyline; seeing the series build-up an ever increasing following.
Diablo III is scheduled for release tomorrow in the UK, though with digital downloaders able to play from 11pm BST, this evening. An Amazon rep took time from his busy schedule, no doubt packaging copies of Diablo III ready for shipping, to announce that the game had set pre-order records, "Today, it became the most pre-ordered PC game of all-time on Amazon.com - even exceeding pre-orders for Blizzard's own StarCraft II and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm."
For those few still unfamiliar with the Diablo series, the game focuses on an addictive hack-and-slash style gameplay, originally unravelling story through conversations with NPCs and monster-killing quests, with modern focus very much on the discovery, creation and trade of rare items through Blizzard's online Battlenet system. The story from Diablo II saw Diablo, the Lord of Terror, who had been banished to the mortal realm and sealed within a soul stone attempt to corrupt those around him and reunite with his fellow prime evils, Mephisto and Baal.
We wonder exactly what story Diablo III will have in store for the millions who have already and will be purchasing the game over the coming weeks and, will you be amongst them?