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Diablo 4 Pre-Load and Start Times

Diablo 4 Deluxe Edition and Ultimate Edition owners can jump into the world of Sanctuary this week thanks to the game’s early access rollout. Blizzard has granted a full four days of early access to gamers who splurged a little bit more on the more expensive games before the official launch on 6 June. If you’re wondering just when you can start downloading the game, we have you covered. Here’s a full guide to the Diablo 4 pre-load and start times.

Diablo 4 Pre-Load and Start Times

Diablo 4 will be available to pre-load starting at 4 PM PDT / 7 PM EDT on 29 May. That converts to 1 AM South African time / 1 AM CEST on 1 June. You will have 24 hours to download the game before it goes live the following day.

All Diablo 4 pre-order customers can pre-load the game starting at this time. You don’t have to own the Deluxe Edition or Ultimate Edition to do so. However, if you own the Standard Edition, the game will only unlock on the launch day on 6 June.

Diablo 4 Start Times

If you’re an Ultimate Edition or Deluxe Edition Diablo 4 owner, you can jump into the early access start time a full four days before the Standard Edition. Servers will launch on 2 June at 1 AM CEST / 1 AM South African Time / 3 AM GST / 7 PM EDT / 4 PM PDT / 9 AM AEST.

If you own the Standard Edition, Diablo 4 will unlock on 6 June at 1 AM CEST / 1 AM South African Time / 3 AM GST / 7 PM EDT / 4 PM PDT / 9 AM AEST. Here’s a map showing off the global launch times. A user added in South Africa because Blizzard doesn’t think any African country exists.

Diablo 4 Pre-Load and Star Times

You’ll need at least 92GB of free space on your PlayStation, Xbox and PC in order to download and install Diablo 4. Instructions for each platform can be found below:

Windows 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.


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


  • Launch the PlayStation Store and search for Diablo IV. Select Download.
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  • Nikki_boagreis 31 May 2023

    I got the pre-load for early access just as it was scheduled to start downloading, thank’s for posting the pre-load start times by region and timezone.

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