Imminent release rumors continue to swirl today. First from our German partner site Diablo: Gamona who are reporting that Blizzard’s European distributor has reserved warehouse and shipping space for huge deliveries of Diablo III, and may in fact already have boxes in storage, ready to transport to stores. The Google translation is a bit unclear, but Zippoexe, a German speaker in our forum thread, gives us the gist of things:

    The open poster, who is the general news poster from that fansite, later explains that he got a trustful source who has already seen huge numbers of palletised d3 copies and he could also tell him the exact number of copies at that whole sale.

    If this sounds somewhat familiar, it is. Back in January, Gamona had quotes from another warehouse guy who said the exact same thing; that Blizzard had reserved huge shipping space. At that time the date was said to be the last week or two of February.

    Obviously that one didn’t happen, and all this might be invented. Even if it’s legit it doesn’t necessarily mean anything about an imminent release; companies have to contract for storage and transportation well in advance, and if Blizzard plans to sell hundreds of thousands of copies of D3 the first day, especially in multiple different languages in Europe, they need to set up a lot of infrastructure to make that happen. From leaked images we know the DiabloWikiDiablo 3 manual has already been printed, and no doubt boxes and all the rest are manufactured and stacked up in warehouses and ready to go, just as soon as the game is finished and the DVDs can be burned.

    When will that be? No one knows.

    Well actually… plenty of people know the target date, providing more delays don’t appear. Jay Wilson for one, but he’s not going to just Twitter you the date. He’ll foreplay you into a fever about it, though.

    How can you be “counting down the days” until release announce if you claim “[we]’ll know as soon as [you] know”? J’accuse! –vinhugh
    you’ll know as soon as I’m allowed to say. And no, I’m not allowed to say when that is. –JayWilson

    D3 testing and tuning to do sign of delay right?at least couple of months i’ m guessing –@AlexBittar
    no, not a sign of delay, it’s what you do at the end. –JayWilson

    Just finished an epic 4 player co-op Inferno difficulty play session. Died a lot. Very fun! 🙂

    Hi Jay, can you name one extremely deadly monster attribute combination on an Inferno rare mob or champion pack? Thanks! –diabloiii_de
    fought a vortex/Waller/illusionist/molten combo today that kicked a lot of ass. –JayWilson

    Was wondering if followers are still viable at Inferno Difficulty? My Templar 2.47 DPS with a 8 DPS weapon. Sorry that’s 2.72 DPS with a 13.9 DPS weapon. –Chaos5061
    Followers are not an awesome source of damage. They provide good tanking, buff, and debuff options. –JayWilson

    Blizzard dearly hoped to finish and release Diablo III back in late 2011, and then again in March 2012. Both times they had to make last minute decisions to delay, and I’m sure people were tweeting Jay Wilson similar queries back then… but he never replied to any of them. That he’s choosing to reply to these questions now, in such a fashion, seems a pretty strong suggestion that Jay doesn’t think another delay is likely. SoR!!1!

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