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No Diablo III in 2010

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Sorry, no Diablo III next year.

Last week in New York, Blizzard offered a product release roadmap (thanks Kotaku) for the next few years, showing what is to come in 2009, 2010, and a few years beyond. For this year, the company listed World of Warcraft only, however Blizzard obviously plans to provide content beyond 2011 with the release of Cataclysm in 2010 and other content beyond.

As for 2010, Blizzard also lists a few titles other than the World of Warcraft expansion. Included is the highly anticipated sci-fi RTS StarCraft II and the upgraded Battle.net. Also on Blizzard's list is "China Online," an entry we assume represents the updated version of World of Warcraft, specialized for the Chinese requirements.

But what isn't on the 2010 list is Diablo III. Gamers wanting the fantasy-themed action RPG may not see the game until 2011 or 2012 according to the presentation. This period of time will also host a few other titles however, including Blizzard's mystery "unannounced MMO" and the Star Craft II expansion. Battle.net also appears in the "next few years" category; we presume Blizzard will be making modifications and adding new features to the revamped service over the next three or so years.

It's unfortunate that Diablo III isn't making an appearance in 2010. As it stands, the game has been in development for four years, and may remain in development for a possible five. With that said, it may hit store shelves before Q4 2011, giving it a good six years to fester. Anything beyond that will make it qualified as a possible contender against Duke Nukem Forever.

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    buddhav1 , November 16, 2009 11:38 PM
    well, that just gives Blizzard more time to take away features.
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    nachochease , November 16, 2009 11:37 PM
    What do they have, like 3 people working on this?! Five to Six years to make an action RPG is ridiculous. The final game should have about 150 hours of play time in single player to justify this kind of lengthy development.
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    Anonymous , November 17, 2009 12:11 AM
    WHO GIVES A DAM!!!

    Stop supporting actiblizzard, stop buying their online only crap, stop thinking about it, stop pirating it, stop talking about it with others, just forget them and their so called games forever. Let them dry up and die or stoop down to making stupid kiddie console games just to stay alive. NONE of their "products" are worth waiting for if they are going to be online only, can't play a lan game, can host your own server etc... probably can't mod anything either. Don't even play the old starcraft game, screw them!


    Am I being blunt? oh yes lol obviously but so are they. Greed is already killing our economy and country, if we support these greedy companies further, their greed will ruin the pc game market too.
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    kyeana , November 16, 2009 11:11 PM
    Why?!? Cruel fate... :( 

    At least i can rest assured that when it does come out it will be an amazing game...
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    ColMirage , November 16, 2009 11:13 PM
    As expected.
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    nachochease , November 16, 2009 11:37 PM
    What do they have, like 3 people working on this?! Five to Six years to make an action RPG is ridiculous. The final game should have about 150 hours of play time in single player to justify this kind of lengthy development.
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    acecombat , November 16, 2009 11:37 PM
    kyeanaWhy?!? Cruel fate... At least i can rest assured that when it does come out it will be an amazing game...

    Unless they decide to ban offline play or some other kind of nerf like they're doing with Starcraft :( 
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    buddhav1 , November 16, 2009 11:38 PM
    well, that just gives Blizzard more time to take away features.
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    sonic-boom , November 16, 2009 11:40 PM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832133072&cm_re=diablo-_-32-133-072-_-Product
    Newegg has has that up for months....
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    dirtykid , November 16, 2009 11:50 PM
    Are they planning on making this the next Duke Nukem Forever? :( 
  • 4 Hide
    jeraldjunkmail , November 16, 2009 11:56 PM
    How many people work at Blizzard? Two? Three? What a farce...
  • 17 Hide
    Anonymous , November 17, 2009 12:11 AM
    WHO GIVES A DAM!!!

    Stop supporting actiblizzard, stop buying their online only crap, stop thinking about it, stop pirating it, stop talking about it with others, just forget them and their so called games forever. Let them dry up and die or stoop down to making stupid kiddie console games just to stay alive. NONE of their "products" are worth waiting for if they are going to be online only, can't play a lan game, can host your own server etc... probably can't mod anything either. Don't even play the old starcraft game, screw them!


    Am I being blunt? oh yes lol obviously but so are they. Greed is already killing our economy and country, if we support these greedy companies further, their greed will ruin the pc game market too.
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    Impulse Fire911 , November 17, 2009 12:17 AM
    diablo 3 better be like a first person thing or sumthing, this is crazy! more than 12 years for a sequel to the game to come out?
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    animal_chin , November 17, 2009 1:00 AM
    I almost wish WoW was never a huge success. Then maybe Blizzard would be more motivated to release new stuff. They always do this type of stuff anyone remember StarCraft: Ghost?). I wish I had the willpower to boycott them, but their games are too good.
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    maigo , November 17, 2009 1:00 AM
    if the world ends in 2012 no one will ever get to play it
    ooooh noooooz!
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    iiraymoii , November 17, 2009 1:18 AM
    WTF! Thats BS! Screw them, Im fed up with waiting. I can understand that making a great game takes time but, these morons are milking it.

    Keep your damn game.
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    FlayerSlayer , November 17, 2009 1:29 AM
    I can't say I'm surprised. StarCraft came out in 1998 and the first THIRD of StarCraft 2 won't be out until 2010, with the rest coming years later. What hope did Diablo 3 have?

    EVERYTHING Blizzard touches takes years longer than you'd think. But it's all quality stuff in the end.
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    athreex , November 17, 2009 1:31 AM
    Diablo III Forever anyone?
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    Dkz , November 17, 2009 1:33 AM
    Oi.. thats just kinda stupid, it's taking too long, i had almost forgot about Diablo III was "coming" XD
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    ominous prime , November 17, 2009 1:43 AM
    Not surprised, I bet their working on a port for the console crowd. Hope it doesn't destroy the game on PC. Blizzard needs to stop hiding behind the bullshit "polish" excuse and get to work! Stop feeding your cash cow WoW and give us Diablo 3!
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    paranoidmage , November 17, 2009 2:41 AM
    This isn't news. This information has been around for a while. Although, there has been a lot of new information coming out recently supporting its release in 2012 rather than 2011.
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    griffed88 , November 17, 2009 2:44 AM
    yeah this was on Kotaku quite awhile ago, old news. But anyways, thank God for Torchlight!
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    Anonymous , November 17, 2009 2:53 AM
    That's it... Blizzard, you suck.
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