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Diablo 3 Won't Be Anywhere in Sight Until at Least Q2 2012

By - Source: Activision Blizzard PR | B 36 comments

Blizzard will not release any new games in the first quarter of 2012.

The good news is that Activision's fourth quarter and calendar year 2011 earnings report shows that Blizzard's action-RPG PC game Diablo 3 is still set for a 2012 release despite recent reports of changes to the core systems. The bad news is that it's no longer set to hit store shelves this quarter, but sometime in 2Q12 at the earliest.

"The company's first quarter 2012 outlook does not incorporate a new release from Blizzard Entertainment, but its calendar year 2012 outlook anticipates two releases from Blizzard Entertainment," Actvision reports.

The report also states that, in March 2012, Activision Publishing expects to release the first Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Content Collection, a compilation of content previously released to Call of Duty Elite premium members, on the Xbox 360. Also on the company's to-do list for 2012 is a new Call of Duty game, to grow Activision's Call of Duty Elite online service, and launch Skylanders Giants, a new title.

"Our extraordinary employees around the world are focused on making 2012 another great year for our audience and stakeholders," said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick.

In addition to the Diablo 3 delay, Activision revealed that another 100,000 subscribers bailed out on World of Warcraft, leaving 10.2 million active subscribers still grinding through Blizzard's #1 subscription-based MMORPG. Could this drop have anything to do with the December 2011 launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic? It might. Activision Blizzard may even see a rise in numbers this quarter now that many defectors are coming out of their free month of TOR and heading back to Azeroth.

As previously stated, Blizzard looks to release two games this year. The second release will likely be StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm.

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    billybobser , February 10, 2012 6:59 AM
    Q2 2013 maybe.

    (If we're lucky)
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    phoenix32x , February 10, 2012 7:59 AM
    Not for me. I had purchased my very last Blizzard game when they decided to use an internet connection for DRM and removed LAN play.
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    Anonymous , February 10, 2012 8:19 AM
    Soon™
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    jsc , February 10, 2012 8:21 AM
    Q2 2012 ends a bit less than 5 months from now. Odds that they fix what they want?
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    ctv , February 10, 2012 8:47 AM
    so much for supposed "early" 2012
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    hotchrisbfries , February 10, 2012 9:56 AM
    phoenix32xNot for me. I had purchased my very last Blizzard game when they decided to use an internet connection for DRM and removed LAN play.


    Continues to rant on the internet. Oh the irony.
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    beltzy , February 10, 2012 10:30 AM
    At first I was irritated about the connectivity requirement for Diablo 3, but after having played the Beta I can honestly say that

    1) It's not a big deal.
    2) The gameplay would be worth the tradeoff even if it was an annoyance.

    We live in a time where we are always connected. Blizz would rather risk irritating consumers than be pirated millions of times.
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    officeguy , February 10, 2012 10:52 AM
    phoenix32xNot for me. I had purchased my very last Blizzard game when they decided to use an internet connection for DRM and removed LAN play.
    Arrrrrr, you are such a pirate. Not a big deal to me. Hopefully it will keep most of the cheater/hackers away from this game. I am pretty sure that you will be able to find your finds and fight together and still be in the same room.
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    87ninefiveone , February 10, 2012 10:57 AM
    I smell another bit of Blizzard's famous vapor ware.
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    maxinexus , February 10, 2012 11:22 AM
    I exactly know what to ask of my wife for Christmas. Honey uhhh D3, pls? ...When do you grow up? Hey no smoke, no bars, no Mistresses...D3 is fair trade. Can't wait.
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    opmopadop , February 10, 2012 11:35 AM
    "Could this drop have anything to do with the December 2011 launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic?"
    Might want to include Skyrim?!
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    sporkimus , February 10, 2012 11:44 AM
    jscQ2 2012 ends a bit less than 5 months from now. Odds that they fix what they want?

    Whatever changes they make now will only result in more changes later on. They are fine tuning this game too much; at this rate it's going to be "Duke Nukem'd" to pieces.
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    cknobman , February 10, 2012 11:44 AM
    I stopped caring about Diablo III. Sorry it sucks cause I used to love Diablo so much.
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    dirtyferret , February 10, 2012 12:10 PM
    a video misses launch deadline! stop the press! this will never happen again in our life times!...oh wait it happens to every game...90% of games that do make deadlines are crap anyways.
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    supall , February 10, 2012 12:17 PM
    sporkimusWhatever changes they make now will only result in more changes later on. They are fine tuning this game too much; at this rate it's going to be "Duke Nukem'd" to pieces.


    Apparently, you haven't known Blizzard for very long. The only game that got "Duke Nukem'd" in Blizzard's history was Starcraft:Ghost. Luckily, they scrapped it instead of tarnishing their reputation with a half-baked console game.
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    noblerabbit , February 10, 2012 12:22 PM
    supallApparently, you haven't known Blizzard for very long. The only game that got "Duke Nukem'd" in Blizzard's history was Starcraft:Ghost. Luckily, they scrapped it instead of tarnishing their reputation with a half-baked console game.


    They should do the same with Diablo 3, this game is clearly a console / smartphone / Wii / ipad compatible project, not that there is anything "wrong" with that, but it is the clear reason why it's taking 12 years to produce a sequel, that should have been already out at least 7 years ago, so we can have Diablo 4 or 5 today.
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    supall , February 10, 2012 12:59 PM
    noblerabbitThey should do the same with Diablo 3, this game is clearly a console / smartphone / Wii / ipad compatible project, not that there is anything "wrong" with that, but it is the clear reason why it's taking 12 years to produce a sequel, that should have been already out at least 7 years ago, so we can have Diablo 4 or 5 today.


    It took them 12 years to release a sequel for Starcraft. I'm sure 12 years for D3 isn't going to change anything.

    I fail to see how Diablo 3 is "clearly a console/smartphone/Wii/ipad" compatible project. They haven't even determined whether it is going to be a console/smartphone/Wii/ipad product. I would understand if you were upset at all the changes they've made, but to say that its clearly for another product when it does not appear to be is just hyperbolic.
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    saear , February 10, 2012 1:08 PM
    Diablo 3 will be the most hacked and bot ridden game to date. The ability to sell items/gold in-game for real cash will be appealing to every hacker and programmer in the gaming community. Having a constant connection will do little to stop this as seen in constant connection MMOs.
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    crysex , February 10, 2012 1:30 PM
    I just finished played the Beta. Diablo 3 is nothing like D2 and it is junk. The art style is recycled from WOW and cartoonish animation makes me feels the game is for teens. A 2012+ game has such low res that you can't even see your character's face clearly. Lack of customization and required online even on single player mode ruin this game on every every aspect. D3 is gona be a total failure if it releases without serious modification.
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    Lyrick , February 10, 2012 1:42 PM
    I just finished knocking out all available trophies in the beta (capping all playable classes at 13, Training the Blacksmith to level 4, hunting down two random events, and a whole mess of other things). The game is just fun and as responsive as ever, there are some nods to Diablo 2 such as a random Den of Fallen Dungeon appearance. The leveling feels a little too streamlined, but there are some very distinguishable builds of each class even within the limits given by the Beta. Can't wait to have everything wiped again for some more re-balancing so far the game is shaping up to be a great addition to the franchise.
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