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
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.
, 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.