Blizzard is offering an amazing amount of swag to WoW players who'll commit to another year of gaming.
Blizzard has announced that all World of Warcraft players who sign up for an Annual Pass will be given a free copy of Diablo 3 when it releases (hopefully) at some point early next year. Copies will be distributed via digital download through Battle.net, and according to Blizzard, will be the complete, 100%, real-deal version, not some "gotcha" trial edition.
As if a free copy of a massively anticipated $60 game wasn't enough to put every Blizz-nerd on the planet into a frenzy, Blizzard is taking things a few steps further by offering players a brand-new flying mount called Tyrael's Charger and guaranteed access to the next WoW expansion's beta.
Here's the official description of the phat loot, directly from Blizzard:
Tyrael's Charger WoW Flying Mount - Ride for the Archangel of Justice on all current and future characters on a single World of Warcraft account. Tyrael's Charger will arrive via in-game mail with the upcoming launch of patch 4.3.
Access to the Next WoW Expansion Beta Test - Get a guaranteed spot in the beta test for the next World of Warcraft expansion (at a time to be announced in the future).
So, there must be a catch, right? Sort of. The promotion is only available to players with an account registered on or before October 18th of this year, meaning this promotion isn't meant to attract any younglings to the plains of Azeroth, just to get the lifers sticking with the game long enough to, presumably, be around for the next expansion pack. If you're an MMO junkie who's (really) late to the game in at least trying out WoW, then for now you'll have be to happy with the standard set of year-round incentives to get you playing instead.
If you do qualify, you probably already know what an Annual Pass is going to run you, but for those of you just curious, it's $14.99/month with a twelve-month commitment. If you were planning on kicking around WoW servers for another year anyway, there is seriously no reason I can think of that you wouldn't jump on this immediately.
Source: Blizzard Blog