Diablo® III for PS3™ Now Available for Preorder

  Diablo® III for PS3™ Now Available for Preorder

      Legendary action-RPG series gears up for its PlayStation^®3 debut

  Bonus in-game item with every copy preordered; additional limited-edition
                      physical items at select retailers

Business Wire

IRVINE, Calif. -- April 29, 2013

PlayStation^® gamers, the time has come to prepare for your confrontation with
the Lord of Terror. Select retailers around the world have now begun taking
preorders for the upcoming PlayStation^®3 system version of Diablo^® III—see
the official website for a list of participating retailers. Fully reimagined
for couch-based gaming, Diablo III for PS3^™ will go on sale later this year
for a suggested retail price of $59.99. Further release details, including
region-specific availability, will be announced at a later date.

Players who preorder the PS3 version of Diablo III will receive an exclusive
in-game item: the Infernal Helm, which grants an experience point boost to any
character who wears it, accelerating their progression as they rise in power.
Certain retailers will also offer limited-edition preorder bonuses—check with
your local retailer for further information. The PS3 version of Diablo III
will be available fully localized in English, German, French, Spanish,
Russian, Italian, Polish, and Brazilian Portuguese.

“We’ve poured blood, sweat, and hellfire into creating an epic Diablo III
experience for PlayStation gamers,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of
Blizzard Entertainment. “In addition to including all the improvements from
the PC version over the past year, we’ve made several updates to Diablo III
for play on the PS3. We got a ton of positive feedback from players who tried
the game at PAX East, and we can’t wait to get it into everyone’s hands later
this year.”

The PS3 version of Diablo III has been custom-tailored for PlayStation gamers,
with updates to the game’s thrilling boss battles, an all-new user interface
featuring an intuitive control system, and a dynamic camera perspective that
will make vanquishing evil feel like second nature on the PlayStation. Players
can take on the vile denizens of the Burning Hells alone or in a party of up
to four via same-screen local cooperative play, online play over the
PlayStation Network, or any combination of online or local players. Once
gamers experience the rush of Diablo III’s unique brand of hack-and-slash
gameplay from the comfort of their couch, Sanctuary will never be the same.

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—embarking on a perilous quest to save the world of Sanctuary
from the corrupting forces of the Burning Hells. As players make their way
from the demon-besieged town of New Tristram to the Diamond Gates of the High
Heavens, 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.

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.

PlayStation is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.

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 sixteen #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.

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
PlayStation 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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