Jay Wilson has tweeted something interesting today that is probably a sign of release, if you’re into that sort of thing. We’ve seen a lot of iteration over the past 5 years of development, but it seems that all major changes are at an end. The tweet reads as follows:
This can very well mean that we are seeing/playing the last major patch for the Diablo 3 beta. It’s possible we will see one last tuning patch before or after launch, but this is it everybody. What you see is what you get for the most part.
I think they made some really decent last minute decisions by increasing monster damage, linking boss and elite mobs with magic find buffs, and lowering the requirement for Hardcore. The only thing left is the release announcement, which, if we’re lucky, will happen sometime next week.
As an addendum to this, though, he could very well be referring simply to the beta content, and not the game’s status as a whole. We do not know if RMAH kinks have be resolved or other bugs in the battle.net infrastructure. I don’t mean to rain on anybody’s parade… but you never know with Blizzard. It’s done when it’s done, and all that.
Thanks for posting this in the forums, Sulle.