The Lord of Terror to Unleash the Fires of the Burning Hells on PlayStation® Gamers Worldwide

  The Lord of Terror to Unleash the Fires of the Burning Hells on PlayStation®
  Gamers Worldwide

 Blizzard Entertainment announces Diablo^® III for PS3^™, confirms franchise
                               coming to PS4^™

              World-first hands-on set for PAX East, March 22–24

PAX East 2013

Business Wire

IRVINE, Calif. -- February 20, 2013

The fate of Sanctuary will soon rest in the hands of PlayStation gamers around
the world. Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that it is developing
Diablo^® III, the latest entry in its award-winning action–role-playing-game
series, for the Sony PlayStation^®3 computer entertainment system. The company
also today confirmed plans to adapt the game for Sony’s newly announced
PlayStation^®4, its next-generation computer entertainment system.

The PS3^™/PS4^™ version of Diablo III will be based on the critically
acclaimed core experience of the PC version, including all of the latest
upgrades, such as the Paragon leveling system, customizable Monster Power,
Brawling, and epic Legendary items. In addition, Blizzard is designing an
all-new user interface, including an intuitive control scheme and a new
dynamic camera perspective, that will make questing and combat in the world of
Sanctuary feel like second nature on PlayStation platforms. Players will be
able to battle their way through the story in single-player mode and also
experience the hack-and-slash joy of destroying demons and collecting loot
together with their friends via seamless four-player online and local co-op
modes.

Blizzard also announced today that the PS3 version of Diablo III will be shown
live at PAX East, taking place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
from March 22–24. Attendees there will be the first in the world to pick up a
controller and experience the fast-paced action and visceral gameplay of
Diablo III via the new custom-designed interface.

“Diablo III looks and plays great on the PlayStation,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO
and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We put a lot of care and thought
into the PlayStation version to make sure it would deliver an authentic Diablo
gaming experience, and we’re really pleased with the results. We can’t wait
for players to try it out at PAX East.”

Diablo III continues the epic Diablo storyline, with players taking on the
role of one of five heroic characters—barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk,
or demon hunter—and embarking on a perilous quest to save the world of
Sanctuary from the corrupting forces of the Burning Hells. As players
adventure through rich and varied settings, they’ll engage in pulse-pounding
combat with hordes of monsters and challenging bosses, grow in experience and
ability, acquire artifacts of incredible power, and meet key characters who’ll
join them in battle or aid them along the way. Diablo III was originally
released for Windows^® and Macintosh^® PC on May 15, 2012 and within 24 hours
became the fastest-selling PC game of all time. As of December 31, 2012,
Diablo III had sold through more than 12 million copies worldwide.^*

To learn more about Diablo III, please visit the official website at
http://www.diablo3.com. Further details about Blizzard’s plans for the
PlayStation versions of the game will be announced on the site as development
progresses. With multiple games in development, Blizzard Entertainment has
numerous positions currently available—visit http://jobs.blizzard.com for more
information and to learn how to apply.

* According to The NPD Group, GfK Chart-Track, and internal company estimates.

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft^® and the
Warcraft^®, StarCraft^®, and Diablo^® franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
(www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a
premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for
creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard
Entertainment's track record includes fifteen #1-selling games and multiple
Game of the Year awards. The company's online-gaming service, Battle.net^®, is
one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.

PlayStation is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: Information in this
press release that involves Blizzard Entertainment's expectations, plans,
intentions or strategies regarding the future, including statements about the
console version of Diablo III, are forward-looking statements that are not
facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could
cause Blizzard Entertainment's actual future results to differ materially from
those expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release
include unanticipated product delays and other factors identified in the risk
factors sections of Activision Blizzard’s most recent annual report on Form
10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The forward-looking
statements in this release are based upon information available to Blizzard
Entertainment and Activision Blizzard as of the date of this release, and
neither Blizzard Entertainment nor Activision Blizzard assumes any obligation
to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements
believed to be true when made may ultimately prove to be incorrect. These
statements are not guarantees of the future performance of Blizzard
Entertainment or Activision Blizzard and are subject to risks, uncertainties
and other factors, some of which are beyond its control and may cause actual
results to differ materially from current expectations.

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Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Rob Hilburger
VP, Global Communications
949-955-1380 x13228
rhilburger@blizzard.com
or
Che’von Slaughter
Associate PR Manager
949-955-1380 x14338
cslaughter@blizzard.com
 
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