Blizzard: Diablo III to arrive in early 2012

By on September 23, 2011, 1:30 PM

Blizzard Entertainment has announced that Diablo III will not ship until early 2012, narrowly missing the lucrative holiday season and forcing anxious fans of the franchise to wait even longer to get their hands on the anticipated title.

The news comes just days after a closed beta launched on Battle.net, sparking speculation that the game could make it to store shelves before the end of the year. But after pulling together people from all of the teams involved in making the game, it was decided that the Diablo III needed a little more fine-tuning and polish to live up to the high expectations from both the developers and gamers.

Blizzard indicates that testing is going very well and that they will use the additional time to extend the beta and add more testers than originally planned.

"With every game we make, the temptation is always very strong to launch as soon as possible. However, we didn't put so many years of work into Diablo III to release a game that was almost ready," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment.

Those hoping to participate in testing can log into their Battle.net account and opt-in for the closed beta. Users will be required to run a system diagnostic on their machine, which will capture specifications that Blizzard uses to ensure a nice mix of hardware and software for testing purposes.

Diablo II was released on June 29, 2000 with work on the third installment in the series starting a year later. The title was officially announced on June 28, 2008 at the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational in Paris, France.




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Mudvayne819 said:

Y U NO RELEASE THIS YEAR BLIZZARD!!!!?!?!?!

Guest said:

Y U No learn ENGLISH FIRST Mudvayne819!!!!!?!?!?!

Issun said:

It was obviously a reference to the meme...

RH00D RH00D said:

Issun said:

It was obviously a reference to the meme...

It's kind of funny when someone fails to recognize a meme and tries to diss someone over it, thinking that they genuinely were illiterate or whatever the meme may have implied about the person posting.

Anyways, I'm still checking my inbox for that message from Blizzard with a key. I missed the SC2 beta so I'm hoping I'll get in this one. Hopefully they will ensure that people who missed SC2 beta will be more likely to get in this one.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Good for them. Wait till the game is done, the fans will understand and appreciate it.

I sincerely wish more companies would wait until a game is done, rather than stick to some artificial release schedule, which always results in a bug ridden release.

treetops treetops said:

every blizzard title has been released full of bugs, diablo 2 would unexpectedly go down for days in its first year. sc2 had no game chat, wow had no pvp bonuses among countless empty buildings showing a 75% made game. Go ahead and release diablo 3 early with bugs and patch them out as you go along. For those who want a perfect game pretend it has not come out and then buy it when you think its up to your personal par.

How long its taken blizzard to make a sequel for diablo 2 will always be a black mark on there record. It was game of the year why did they wait a decade to make a sequel. Sure the diablo 2 team is no longer with them but thats there own fault.

Guest said:

I would say this why it took them so long.

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos 2002

Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne 2003

World of Warcraft 2004

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 2007

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 2008

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty 2010

amstech amstech, TechSpot Enthusiast, said:

Make us wait and make it great.

ramonsterns said:

Oh boy, I can't wait to play a singleplayer game with all the downsides of a multiplayer game.

NoTTaShoT said:

I was really excited about it until they made it so you have to be online to play...by yourself.

treetops treetops said:

NoTTaShoT said:

I was really excited about it until they made it so you have to be online to play...by yourself.

I agree they should use there old system where you can play offline but your offline character cant play closed battlenet, companies cant seem to stop pirates from getting single player so whats the point?

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