As of this morning, PlayStation 3 owners are now officially able to pre-order Blizzard Entertainment’s upcoming port of Diablo III.

It comes as little surprise to see Blizzard open pre-orders for the PlayStation 3 iteration of Diablo III. We published a story mere hours ago detailing GameStop’s plans for bonus items exclusively earmarked for pre-order holders. However, nothing was official at that time. That’s now changed.

While Blizzard’s official announcement fails to offer certain crucial information (most importantly, when Diablo III might makes its PlayStation 3 debut) it does offer a very solid synopsis of what you can expect in this console version of the company’s hyper-successful dungeon crawl.

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.

Further, it also solidifies the game’s pre-order bonuses, saying that those who deposit money toward the game prior to its launch will receive the Infernal Helm, a piece of armor “which grants an experience point boost to any character who wears it.” This is in addition to any retailer-specific pre-order bonuses, like those we mentioned in the earlier piece linked above.

Expect more information on when Diablo III will hit the PS3 soon. For now, the best Blizzard can say is that it will be available “later this year.” If you’d like to pre-order the title based on this scant information, pay a visit to Blizzard’s official Diablo 3 site. Full instructions can be found there.

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