Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Blizzard: Diablo 3 "On The Home Stretch"

By - Source: New York Times | B 50 comments

Sounds like Diablo 3 could possibly hit store shelves this holiday season.

Diablo 3 fans eager to find out when the game will finally hit store shelves won't discover the answer here. Still, there's a small glimmer of hope that the game could make it into our hands by the end of the year, as Diablo 3 game director Jay Wilson recently stated that the team is "in the home stretch."

"We’re crunching," he told the New York Times. "This is when the magic happens."

Activision Blizzard has already stated that, for now, it doesn't plan to reveal a release date for the highly-anticipated action-RPG in fear of a possible delay that might disappoint eager fans. The company also has no intentions in setting a date and then rushing the game out the door to meet its obligation, sacrificing its overall quality.

In a recent hands-on preview, the New York Times stated that a new trading system was one of the reasons why it has taken so long to develop Diablo 3. Rather than forcing players to advertise items via chat channels, or alt+tab out of the game and sell items to external auction sites, there's indication that Blizzard may incorporate an in-game auction house and trading tools for players to use.

"We’re designing a stable economy, we have the knowledge and experience to do so," Blizzard said last year. "We have people in-house with doctorates and degrees in statistics and economic analysis and all the know how to pull it off."

Diablo 3 may or may not arrive by the end of 2011 for the PC, but we at least now know that the end is in sight. Blizzard is also reportedly working on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, but the company is keeping a tight lip on their potential release.

Discuss
Display all 50 comments.
This thread is closed for comments
  • 4 Hide
    Burodsx , April 28, 2011 8:51 PM
    Here's to hoping gold will have value.
  • 2 Hide
    aznguy0028 , April 28, 2011 9:01 PM
    burodsxHere's to hoping gold will have value.

    It will, one of Blizzard's main concern for D3 was to actually have gold as a stable currency. There are a lot of gold sinks in this game, and from wut i've read so far, it seems to be on the order of magnitudes better than D2 in terms of any form of economy. This will be one of the biggest game launches in history, I'm sure Blizzard wont' mess it up ;) 
  • 2 Hide
    everlast66 , April 28, 2011 9:13 PM
    Will LAN or will not LAN?
    This is the question?
  • 2 Hide
    srgess , April 28, 2011 9:20 PM
    I heard why its taking so long is to make a goat level and they can't decide on the perfect goat sound
  • 3 Hide
    tychoblu , April 28, 2011 9:22 PM
    How many wives/girl friends, will we lose this time Blizzard?
  • 3 Hide
    Pherule , April 28, 2011 9:32 PM
    I wouldn't mind them using a copper/silver/gold currency system. In D2 you'd have hundreds of thousands of gold coins, and tbh that is somewhat unrealistic and makes gold seem like dirt.

    Having silver worth about triple or four times the value of gold in D2 would be nice, and then have the actual D3 gold worth 10 or 20 times more per coin.
  • 2 Hide
    ap3x , April 28, 2011 9:35 PM
    Cows.....nuff said. lol
  • -2 Hide
    tommysch , April 28, 2011 9:40 PM
    everlast66Will LAN or will not LAN?This is the question?


    This is not a rts. I was a hardcore D2 player and I dont see the point. Non-legit characters? lol
  • -1 Hide
    cyberthug , April 28, 2011 9:57 PM
    No point in LAN mode imo..
  • 0 Hide
    uuicked , April 28, 2011 10:35 PM
    Cabal and Everquest 1 are only two games I've played that use a very simple auction system for selling items in game without having to use shouts and massive tells. To say that held up the game process as if they were inventing something that has not already been in use for years is laughable. They are slow on getting this game out the door because Blizzard has too many hit games now that WoW, Diablo's 1 and 2, and the original Starcraft have received such good reviews. Way to go on making great games but now employ the staff to keep up with the demand! Diablo 3 is taking as long to come out as Duke Nukem Forever or Jumpgate Evolution
  • 0 Hide
    mianmian , April 28, 2011 11:03 PM
    Mobs dropping gold after been killed seems not a good idea. Letting them drop items that you can convert them to gold in town make more sense. And the system can has a better control of inflation.
  • -1 Hide
    Flameout , April 28, 2011 11:06 PM
    "We have people in-house with doctorates and degrees in statistics and economic analysis and all the know how to pull it off."

    talk about overkill. just make it like ebay
  • 1 Hide
    robochump , April 28, 2011 11:07 PM
    ^^True. perhaps instead of just gold perhaps trading should be in place. like hides or furs given in trade for goods.
  • 2 Hide
    chichad , April 28, 2011 11:44 PM
    Diablo III, my wife already hates you....
  • 1 Hide
    bd26 , April 29, 2011 12:14 AM
    Good to hear.

    New trading system and auction house kind of worry me. One of the best things I liked back in diablo 2 was social bartering. Hope they dont cut it out, so the trades and selling turns out like an mmo for the players convenience.
  • 0 Hide
    dragonsqrrl , April 29, 2011 12:58 AM
    Alice Madness Returns
    Battlefield 3
    Diablo III

    I can't remember ever having so many highly anticipated releases within a 12 month period. I think it's safe to say that all three of these are guaranteed buys for me.
  • 0 Hide
    fyasko , April 29, 2011 1:43 AM
    world of diablo 3 craft. diablo 3 isn't a dialbo game at all from what i've seen it looks EXACTLY like WOW and warcraft III. diablo 2 was amazing it's a shame they broke the mold after they made it. all blizzard needed to do was make it just like D2 but with better graphics. i hate that all of blizzards cut scene are terrible now. thanks WOW.
  • -2 Hide
    pirateboy , April 29, 2011 1:44 AM
    fuck your stable economy guys....we just want to have a fun hns like diablo 1 and 2...with LAN...assholes...we dont want an isometric wow....fuck you blizzard
  • 0 Hide
    fyasko , April 29, 2011 1:54 AM
    fyaskoworld of diablo 3 craft. diablo 3 isn't a dialbo game at all from what i've seen it looks EXACTLY like WOW and warcraft III. diablo 2 was amazing it's a shame they broke the mold after they made it. all blizzard needed to do was make it just like D2 but with better graphics. i hate that all of blizzards cut scene are terrible now. thanks WOW.


    nevermind... i watched ALL of the cinematics and i'm excited...
  • 0 Hide
    makwy2 , April 29, 2011 3:35 AM
    I need this game! Between this and Civ5, I may never go to work again.
Display more comments