@Diablo did its thing again yesterday and told us what we want to hear.
We’re still shooting to have it out before the end of the year, but as always, we only want to release it when we think it’s ready. —Diablo
We’ve been told the Diablo 3 Beta probably won’t start until sometime after early August, and we know that most Blizzard betas last 4-6 months. Speaking from Blizzcon in 2010, Jay Wilson estimated the release would come about six months after the beta began. But if the beta doesn’t start until mid-August (at the soonest) late December is only 4.5 months later.
So what do you guys think? Blizzard’s best case scenario seems to be a four month beta that starts in mid-August, with a release around Xmas time. Do you harbor any worries about a rushed beta resulting in a less-polished final product? Or do you not care, since every game puts all their last beta fixes into the first patch anyway. Do you want your damn Diablo III ASAP, even if it means a few more bugs and less than perfect balance in v1.00? (Yes, that’s probably a silly question, after 11 years of waiting.)