During today’s Activision/Blizzard conference call, Mike Morhaime announced that the developers were targeting the Diablo 3 Beta for testing during Q3 2011. They did not give any more details about when the test will begin or when we’ll hear more information about it. Quarter 3 begins in July, 2011.
Mike also said that they began internal company-wide testing last week, and the game is looking great. They are working hard to launch the game this year, but they do not have an official release date/window yet. They will not compromise quality of the game to hit a release window. Here’s his exact (brief) quote about Diablo III, courtesy of the Seeking Alpha transcript.
There was some confusion about when Q3 began (in terms of calendar vs. fiscal quarters). Bashiok clarified: