Since Blizzard launched their new B.net D3 blog-style site, fans have noted that upcoming posts often appear in the right side navigation menu before they go live. That’s provided a few laughs so far, but tonight it showed something rather shocking.
The full post is not up (but it was, until it was removed but luckily we have it preserved here) and the preview is no longer showing, but numerous fans spotted it when it was visible, and you can see it in a screenshot below, thanks to ElexorienGR. While it’s not a big surprise that D3 (apparently?) won’t be released in 2011, as often as Blizzard has said, “We’re still trying.” fans had been keeping hope alive. As much as they’re still working on — runestones being overhauled, total Demon Hunter resource and skill reshuffling, Beta running behind schedule, etc — I guess this isn’t a real surprise.
Now, for the inevitable question. How “early” is “early 2012?” Are we talking January, or April?
The full post went up some hours after we posted this preview, and you can see it here.
Click through for the full quote from Mike Morhaime.
While this news might not be a complete surprise, I know that many of you were hopeful that Diablo III would ship this year. We were too. However, this week we pulled together people from all of the teams involved with the game to decide whether we felt it would be ready before the end of December, and we grudgingly came to the conclusion that it would not. Ultimately, we feel that to deliver an awesome Diablo sequel that lives up to our expectations and yours as well, we should take a little more time and add further polish to a few different elements of the game.
The upside of today’s announcement is that we will be running the beta test longer than we initially planned, which will allow us to invite more of you who have opted in.
For those taking on the Diableard challenge, we salute you — and now fear for your well-being and personal hygiene. We hereby issue an official reprieve to all Diableard participants, including Blizzard employees, if you want to trim or otherwise manage the lower half of your face. We’d still love to see your beardly achievements, and we look forward to seeing more of your efforts as we move into 2012, but not to the detriment of your workplaces and significant others.
Thank you everyone for your support and anticipation for Diablo III. We’re still moving ahead at full pace, and we’ll be keeping you fully informed of any news and developments here at Diablo3.com, including the specific release date when the time comes, so stay tuned.