A few readers emailed overnight to point out that all of Blizzard’s Battle.net websites have been down, for more than 8 hours, for some sort of unspecified maintenance. One reader leapt to the obvious conclusion; Diablo 3 is being released now now now right now!

    This seems… improbable, for any number of reasons. Not least of which is the fact that the Diablo 3 beta has remained playable all night, and was when I checked it not 30 minutes ago.

    Still, it’s nice that faith springs eternal. Which is pretty much has to, given the length Blizzard’s game development cycles.

    Update: And the B.net sites are back up, not 20 minutes after I posted this nonsense. Crisis prolonged! I mean averted!

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