Diablo 4 preload and launch times

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With several beta events behind us, we’re all anxiously awaiting the full release of Diablo 4. It feels like it can’t get here soon enough. With different launch times for each region and two separate release dates based on which version of the game you’ve purchased, it can be confusing to know exactly when you’ll be able to take your first steps in the Fractured Peaks. We’ve got everything you need to know about Diablo 4 preload and launch times to get into the game as fast as possible.

When can you preload Diablo 4?

Thankfully, all three platforms will be able to begin installing the game on May 30 at 7PM EST. You will be able to preload the game as long as you have purchased any edition of Diablo 4. This is how exactly to start the process on each platform:

PC

  • Launch the Battle.net client. If Diablo IV is not already in your Favorites bar, you can add it by clicking on the + icon. Alternatively, you can find Diablo IV by accessing the All Games page. You’ll see Diablo IV at the top of the list.
  • Once you get to the Diablo IV Game Page, click the dropdown menu under Game Version and select the Diablo IV option. Click the blue button that says Install. The game will install and once it’s available, click Play to Launch.

Xbox preload

  • Launch the Xbox Store and search for Diablo IV. Select Download.

PlayStation

  • Launch the PlayStation Store and search for Diablo IV. Select Download.
Diablo 4 Early Access launch times
Image via Blizzard

When is Diablo 4 early access launch?

If you purchase the Deluxe Edition or Ultimate Edition of Diablo 4 you will be able to get into the four days early. Since the game is having a global launch, the game will release at the same time for everyone. However, your local time will be different based on your time zone. Depending on where you live, the game could be released in the early evening on June 1 or the late morning on June 2. You can use the above image to determine what time Diablo 4 early access will launch in your area. Here are several of the release times based on the different time zones:

  • June 1 at 4PM PDT
  • June 1 at 7PM EDT
  • June 2 at 12AM BST
  • June 2 at 8AM KST
  • June 2 at 9AM AEST
  • June 2 at 11AM NZST
Diablo 4 Launch Times
Image via Blizzard

When is Diablo 4 official launch?

If you opt for the Standard Edition of Diablo 4 you will be joining the fun four days later. The official launch time is also based on a global release, so your local release time will vary depending on your time zone. The western part of the world will access the game in the early evening of June 5 while the east will get access through the morning. You can use the above image to calculate what time Diablo 4 will officially launch in your area.

  • June 5 at 4PM PDT
  • June 5 at 7PM EDT
  • June 6 at 12AM BST
  • June 6 at 8AM KST
  • June 6 at 9AM AEST
  • June 6 at 11AM NZST

Diablo 4 release Twitch Drops

Alongside the release of the game, Diablo 4 is running a campaign on Twitch that will allow you to receive several exclusive Twitch Drops. From June 5-July 2 you will be able to receive different cosmetic Twitch Drops each week for watching your favorite streamers play the game. These drops will include weapon recolors and cosmetic back-slot items. Furthermore, if you gift two Twitch subs to a participating eligible streamer’s channel you will receive the Primal Instinct Mount. You can find the full list of drops and eligible streamers on Blizzard’s official blog post.

So now you know everything there is to know about Diablo 4 preload and launch times so you can storm the gates of Hell as soon as possible. All that’s left is to determine which Diablo 4 class is best for you so you are ready to get into the action right away.


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