The time is near. Your friends said Diablo III would never come out but you kept on hoping, wishing and waiting. Luckily for you, your patience is about to pay off. Blizzard has just announced Diablo III’s official release date on May 15th, 2012. Yeah, that’s right – THIS YEAR!

Pre-purchase through Battle.net has also opened up today for players wanting to download the game ahead of time and play as soon as everything goes online in May. Anyone interested in the World of Warcraft annual pass and a free copy of Diablo III are still welcome to purchase it, however the promotion ends May 1st – so you’ve still got some time to make up your mind.

For more details, check out the Blizzard’s press release.