NetEase, the long-time distribution partner of Blizzard products in China, today announced Diablo III will finally be launching in China on 23 April. Although announced as an “Open Beta”, the two different digital packs will be on sale on the same day, with the bonus items ready for collection on that day. The China server also went through some graphical changes, which you can see here.
Unlike the other versions, players will be able to play Diablo III for free, all the way up to max level. Purchasing either a standard or collector’s digital pack will grant the players Adventure Mode, Act V, the Crusader class and several cosmetic bonus items. These two packages are bought from within the game’s cash item shop, hence players will have to download and install Diablo III first.
There was no mention of what new cosmetic items will appear in the Platinum cash shop. Platinum, the new cash currency, can also be obtainable in the game. Some items which were previewed include pets which will help pick up gold, new wings (seen below) and pennants. I am not sure about you, but as a player in the North America server, I would love to spend some cash on cosmetic stuff.