Diablo III free for annual WoW subs

Loyal World of Warcraft players will be getting their mitts on Diablo III for free, Blizzard has announced.

Sort of.

All who pick up a new 12-month Annual Pass subscription to the MMO will receive the long-awaited action RPG free of charge when it launches — whenever that may be — Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime revealed at BlizzCon over the weekend.

“This is kind of a crazy idea, but I’m president of the company and I get to have those sometimes,” he said.

The pass is available at blizzard.com now.

In addition to Diablo III, subscribers will also get an exclusive Tyrael’s Charger WoW mount and, more excitingly, guaranteed entry to the Mists of Pandaria beta. “Blizzard pandas are awesome,” after all.