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BlizzCon 2009: No Diablo III Date, Consoles

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Diablo III made an appearance at BlizzCon 2009.

BlizzCon 2009 kicked off earlier today and revealed a few tasty nuggets for StarCraft II and World of WarCraft fans. However, BlizzCon attendees and Diablo III fans discovered a startling truth: Blizzard did not announce any plans to release the action RPG next year. In fact, the company only mentioned the two previously mentioned titles for 2010. Does that mean Diablo III will likely see a 2011 release? It's possible, but we're crossing our fingers that some kind of miracle might happen before then.

But even though Blizzard didn't chisel a definitive release date into stone, the company did provide a few tasty morsels regarding the fourth Diablo III class, the Monk, a character that first made an appearance in the original Diablo's "Hellfire" expansion.

"It's a class that has its roots in old school fantasy, but we believe you haven't seen it quite like this before," said Blizzard's Chris Metzen. "I'm very proud to introduce to you, the new Diablo 3, with all of its open-handed, Tiger-strike packed fury, the Monk."

Blizzard updated the BlizzCon website with new information regarding the Monk class here along with additional details explaining combo moves, runes, monsters, and more monsters. The opening ceremony blog even dictates the following: "Lots of melee, very fast. There's that shielding spell again. Another spell that has the Monk warping from enemy to enemy in a blur. Touch an enemy and it explodes in blood and gore. He does carry some mace/staff thing, so it's not all hand-to-hand like an old-school Monk."

Additionally, Joystiq pointed out that Blizzard COO Paul Sams said that the company hasn't completely ruled out Diablo III for the consoles. "We've met with the major manufacturers, and they've made some pretty compelling arguments," Sams said. While the game is quite possible on the PlayStation 3 given its compatibility with a mouse and keyboard, we're wondering how the game would perform on the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. The last Diablo title to hit the console--namely the original PlayStation-- didn't fare well, mainly because the control scheme didn't work quite so well using the PlayStation controller.

Joystiq also provides video footage of the Monk from Diablo III right here.

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    unlicensedhitman , August 22, 2009 2:25 AM
    To be honest, I'm beginning to lose interest in Diablo 3 and somewhat in StarCraft 2 due to the delays... I feel that I don't care anymore, since there hasn't been any new gameplay or trailers being released to keep me motivated.
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    IronRyan21 , August 22, 2009 4:49 AM
    Lets not worry bout dumb consoles, just release the damn thing to PC. FFS!
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    christop , August 22, 2009 2:19 AM
    I can' wait for d3...
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    christop , August 22, 2009 2:19 AM
    Can't opps
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    unlicensedhitman , August 22, 2009 2:25 AM
    To be honest, I'm beginning to lose interest in Diablo 3 and somewhat in StarCraft 2 due to the delays... I feel that I don't care anymore, since there hasn't been any new gameplay or trailers being released to keep me motivated.
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    pile , August 22, 2009 2:34 AM
    hopefully it will come before im an old fart
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    Burodsx , August 22, 2009 2:37 AM
    ^ Don't worry about the delays so much. The good thing is they're making the game better. A working game is more important than meeting deadlines.
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    doomtomb , August 22, 2009 2:37 AM
    Blizzard and release dates.

    'Nough said.
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    mindless728 , August 22, 2009 2:40 AM
    well part of my motivation was lost when they got rid of lan only, i still have a few friends without an internet connection making this these games useless to them and anybody at their lan party
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    xc0mmiex , August 22, 2009 2:54 AM
    lol, hopefully it wont come to the same result as star craft ghost
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    duckmanx88 , August 22, 2009 3:26 AM
    ps3 has mouse and keyboard support? for which games?!?!?!?! some of us are stuck on our PC's for the very reason that we suck at FPS's using a controller.
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    IronRyan21 , August 22, 2009 4:49 AM
    Lets not worry bout dumb consoles, just release the damn thing to PC. FFS!
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    megamanx00 , August 22, 2009 5:20 AM
    Just enough info to keep Diablo Fans interested. Me, maybe I'll be interested when a demo or something finally comes out.
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    anamaniac , August 22, 2009 6:18 AM
    IronRyan21Lets not worry bout dumb consoles, just release the damn thing to PC. FFS!


    Amen.
    I didn't just spend 1300 on a i7 to play on a shitty console with either a 7xxx class GPU (PS3) or a crappy IBM tri core (Xbox 360).
    Though, Xbox Natal with D3 may be interesting...
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    maurath55 , August 22, 2009 6:23 AM
    unreal tourny for ps3 has mouse and keyboard support
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    pakardbell486dx2 , August 22, 2009 7:08 AM
    Enough already. I am sick of this. I knew all long, just like Duke Nukem Forever, it will never come out. First Star Craft and its stupid 3 title release one after each year and then no Lan. Sorry, i am not sure if every one is with me on this, i WILL not buy anything from Blizzard or rather Activision ever again. 13 years is far to long
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    invlem , August 22, 2009 7:31 AM
    Blizzard can release D3 to consoles if they really want... but please worry about that AFTER you've completed the PC edition Blizzard!!!
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    frozenlead , August 22, 2009 8:04 AM
    I'm really starting to hate Blizzard. They're getting really arrogant about releasing things whenever they want, holding it over your head for years. They know every 12 year old kid will still buy the game, so they'll get their money's worth - but every person I know that used to play Blizzard games stopped because of all their meandering to do it their way, despite whatever their customers say they want.
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    megahunter , August 22, 2009 1:36 PM
    i'm waiting for this game for so long, i hope it's worth :D 
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    blazeorangeman , August 22, 2009 1:44 PM
    talk is cheap...we'll see what you all end up doing when the game comes out. More likely then not you'll end up buying it, supporting this kind of behavior. The only way Blizzard/Activision is going to change is when they're wallets get hit.

    If you say you're not going to buy it, don't. Nothing pisses me off more then when their are a bazillion people complaining about this, and then the first week that the actual game comes out it breaks records on how fast it sells. Let's put a stop to that.
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    Impulse Fire911 , August 22, 2009 1:52 PM
    ahha when did diablo 2 come out like 1999 so it took them almost 10 years to say "hey should we make a diablo 3? people seemed to enjoy the first 2"
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    wasteoftime , August 22, 2009 2:40 PM
    So we wait ten years for a "sequel" and we get a game that has one or two familiar characters, a new art style, less character classes (when you factor in LoD) or just as many (but none of the ones you got to use before), no solid release date, and we get to see a new character every few months when Blizzard wants to sell tickets to its next WoW expansion announcement/nerd costume party? Forget it. I'm not buying Diablo 3, Starcraft 2 (which is going to be a rip off of epic scale), or anything else that comes from ActiBlizzard.

    I'm sick of people talking about how they're a great company and they actually take their time with the games they release. Discounting WoW (and I do discount it since it's more of a money pit than a game) when is the last time they released a game that was fun/free to play online/innovative?
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