The Lord of Terror to Unleash the Fires of the Burning Hells on PlayStation® Gamers Worldwide

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Blizzard Entertainment announces Diablo® III for PS3™, confirms franchise coming
to PS4™

World-first hands-on set for PAX East, March 22-24


IRVINE, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
The fate of Sanctuary will soon rest in the hands of PlayStation gamers around
the world. Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that it is developing
Diablo® III, the latest entry in its award-winning action-role-playing-game
series, for the Sony PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. The company
also today confirmed plans to adapt the game for Sony`s newly announced
PlayStation®4, its next-generation computer entertainment system. 

The PS3™/PS4™ version of Diablo III will be based on the critically acclaimed
core experience of the PC version, including all of the latest upgrades, such as
the Paragon leveling system, customizable Monster Power, Brawling, and epic
Legendary items. In addition, Blizzard is designing an all-new user interface,
including an intuitive control scheme and a new dynamic camera perspective, that
will make questing and combat in the world of Sanctuary feel like second nature
on PlayStation platforms. Players will be able to battle their way through the
story in single-player mode and also experience the hack-and-slash joy of
destroying demons and collecting loot together with their friends via seamless
four-player online and local co-op modes. 

Blizzard also announced today that the PS3 version of Diablo III will be shown
live at PAX East, taking place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
from March 22-24. Attendees there will be the first in the world to pick up a
controller and experience the fast-paced action and visceral gameplay of Diablo
III via the new custom-designed interface. 

"Diablo III looks and plays great on the PlayStation," said Mike Morhaime, CEO
and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "We put a lot of care and thought into
the PlayStation version to make sure it would deliver an authentic Diablo gaming
experience, and we`re really pleased with the results. We can`t wait for players
to try it out at PAX East." 

Diablo III continues the epic Diablo storyline, with players taking on the role
of one of five heroic characters-barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk, or demon
hunter-and embarking on a perilous quest to save the world of Sanctuary from the
corrupting forces of the Burning Hells. As players adventure through rich and
varied settings, they`ll engage in pulse-pounding combat with hordes of monsters
and challenging bosses, grow in experience and ability, acquire artifacts of
incredible power, and meet key characters who`ll join them in battle or aid them
along the way. Diablo III was originally released for Windows® and Macintosh® PC
on May 15, 2012 and within 24 hours became the fastest-selling PC game of all
time. As of December 31, 2012, Diablo III had sold through more than 12 million
copies worldwide.*

To learn more about Diablo III, please visit the official website at
http://www.diablo3.com. Further details about Blizzard`s plans for the
PlayStation versions of the game will be announced on the site as development
progresses. With multiple games in development, Blizzard Entertainment has
numerous positions currently available-visit http://jobs.blizzard.com for more
information and to learn how to apply. 

* According to The NPD Group, GfK Chart-Track, and internal company estimates. 

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft® and the Warcraft®,
StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
(www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a
premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating
some of the industry`s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment's
track record includes fifteen #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year
awards. The company's online-gaming service, Battle.net®, is one of the largest
in the world, with millions of active players. 

PlayStation is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: Information in this press
release that involves Blizzard Entertainment's expectations, plans, intentions
or strategies regarding the future, including statements about the console
version of Diablo III, are forward-looking statements that are not facts and
involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause Blizzard
Entertainment's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed
in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release include
unanticipated product delays and other factors identified in the risk factors
sections of Activision Blizzard`s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any
subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The forward-looking statements in
this release are based upon information available to Blizzard Entertainment and
Activision Blizzard as of the date of this release, and neither Blizzard
Entertainment nor Activision Blizzard assumes any obligation to update any such
forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements believed to be true when
made may ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees
of the future performance of Blizzard Entertainment or Activision Blizzard and
are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond
its control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current
expectations.

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Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Rob Hilburger
VP, Global Communications
949-955-1380 x13228
rhilburger@blizzard.com
or
Che`von Slaughter
Associate PR Manager
949-955-1380 x14338
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