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'Diablo 3' Battle.net taken offline, servers at full capacity

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Diablo 3 users have experienced problems playing the game due to an overwhelming level of traffic.

Blizzard was forced to take Battle.net offline and launch more servers to accommodate for the number of users attempting to log in following the game's launch.

Many users were greeted with the Error 37 message, preventing them from moving beyond the title screen. Users have been told to persevere while Blizzard fixes the problem.

Diablo III

© Blizzard Entertainment

Diablo III

© Blizzard Entertainment



"Please note that due to a high volume of traffic, login and character creation may be slower than normal. If you're unable to login to the game or create characters, please wait and try again," reads a Blizzard statement.

"We've temporarily taken our Battle.net websites offline and launched more servers to accommodate for the traffic. We hope to resolve these issues as soon as possible and appreciate your patience."

Digital Spy experienced similar problems during last night's live first impressions.

To mark the release of the long-awaited sequel, Blizzard has announced that it will hold a series of global events to celebrate its launch.

A Collector's Edition of the game will be available at retail, which includes the game's soundtrack, a two-disc behind-the-scenes DVD and Blu-ray set, an art book and a 4GB USB soulstone flash drive loaded with the full games of Diablo II and its expansion Lord of Destruction.

Blizzard is also offering Diablo III free to users who sign up for the World of Warcraft annual pass, a yearly subscription to the popular MMO.

A Starter Edition of the game has also been confirmed, offering a limited introduction to Diablo 3 with content similar to its private beta.

Watch the Diablo 3 launch trailer below:

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