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Diablo III to arrive early 2012

Discussion in 'Diablo 3 Beta Forum' started by Dreadbringer, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. Dreadbringer

    Dreadbringer IncGamers Member

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    Diablo III to arrive early 2012

    The official Diablo III site says "Soon was too soon, Diablo III to arrive early in 2012"

    With Mike Morhaime Blue Quote.

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    We commonly use the term “soon” when referring to Blizzard releases, because we know that no matter how hard we’re working to reach a target, we’re not going to compromise and launch a game before it’s ready. For Diablo III, we were aiming to launch by the end of 2011. As we’re announcing globally today, our new target for the game is early 2012.

    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.

    -Mike Morhaime


    Investor Relations has also sent out emails to "announce" the postponing.

    "IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Despite a sterling record of always hitting its release targets, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that the expected launch window for Diablo® III, the next title in the company's critically acclaimed series of action role-playing games, will be moving into early 2012."
     
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    Re: Diablo III to arrive early 2012

    NO GOD DAMN IT! ;_;

    Hope this is some bug or something...
     
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    Re: Diablo III to arrive early 2012

    Well the article isn't up yet but that's pretty... disappointing to say the least. Quite surprising they would come out and say it at this point too.
     
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    Re: Diablo III to arrive early 2012

    That's fine with me to be honest. Then you can spend the holidays at peace and after that you get something to do in Jan-Feb.
     
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    Re: Diablo III to arrive early 2012

    Oh oops i posted this up at general section as well. Sad news and sad day for me and a lot of us...
     
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    Re: Diablo III to arrive early 2012

    i hope they spend the time on removing the carcrash armours
     
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    Re: Diablo III to arrive early 2012

    You're tearing me apart, Blizzard!

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    Re: Diablo III to arrive early 2012

    I never counted on a 2011 release.
     
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    Re: Diablo III to arrive early 2012

    at least i can play Skyrim and BF3
     
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    Re: Diablo III to arrive early 2012

    Meh, don't care. If blizzard does everything right, this game should last a lifetime. If they don't, it will last around 5 years, like D2. So they might as well take the time to do everything right :)
     
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    Re: Diablo III to arrive early 2012

    Sad, sad panda. Well at least I can focus on my exams then.
     
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    Re: Diablo III to arrive early 2012

    I just wonder why they seemingly from nowhere decides to pull it back. There must be some major twists in the decisions at the HQ. In the way that they have written this article title it seems they wanted to release it in 2011, and planned for it, but something came along?

    RMAH, Demon Hunter play, Battle.net integration?
     
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    Re: Diablo III to arrive early 2012

    Everything was looking good so far. They wanted the beta out in Q3 and here it is, with a few bugs yes, but nothing much for a beta. They found something (after a few months of alpha testing) that requires massive changes or the beta feedback confuses them and they want to change a lot of stuff.. ?
     
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    Re: Diablo III to arrive early 2012

    My guess this is purely a commercial decision, ie when to release to insure maxium box sales, ironic thing they may still clash with swtor as that seems to be slipping also.
     
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    Re: Diablo III to arrive early 2012

    let's face it it was obvious
    no CE announcement this close to the end of 2011? both SC2 and Cata CE was announced 3-4 months before release.

    and let's not forget the major WoW patch that will come out this year
     
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    Not surprising, the beta has "started" but they haven't been able to ramp it up yet. Seems to me they have a while to go on server stability and infrastructure. We also don't know what state the later acts are in, that could be a factor.
     
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    Re: Diablo III to arrive early 2012

    Sign of Delay
     
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    Re: Diablo III to arrive early 2012

    I think it's the RMAH that's forcing the postponing.

    They need to have RMAH up by release. They don't wanna miss out on all the fixed cuts for low lvl gear.

    And as even the basic AH isn't 100% yet, a place where we could use REAL MONEY, must be as solid as rock.

    /hates RMAH
     
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    Re: Diablo III to arrive early 2012

    Extremely expected.
     

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