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Diablo 3 Delayed Until Early 2012; But Beta Extended

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As Blizzard explains, why release a game that's almost ready?

Friday morning Blizzard Entertainment said that it has pushed back the release date of its highly-anticipated action-RPG PC game, Diablo 3. Instead of a Q4 2011 launch, the game is now expected to arrive on retail shelves and Battle.net in "early" 2012. The news isn't unexpected, but unfortunate nonetheless for those who were hoping to hack/shoot/electrify their way through the holiday season.

"With every game we make, the temptation is always very strong to launch as soon as possible. However, we didn't put so many years of work into Diablo 3 to release a game that was almost ready," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. "The beta test is going very well, and we look forward to making the most of the extra time we're taking to deliver an experience that lives up to our vision for the game and the expectations of our players. Next year is going to be an incredibly busy one for Blizzard, and we hope an incredibly fun one for Blizzard gamers."

As indicated, Blizzard will use the additional time to extend the Diablo 3 closed beta test which launched earlier this week. This means there's a potential for additional players, and anyone with an active Battle.net account that has a Blizzard game attached to it (any Diablo, Warcraft and StarCraft title) should visit Battle.net account management to opt in for a chance to participate in the beta test.

According to Blizzard, additional testing phases, as well as further details regarding the launch plans for the game, will be announced on the company's Diablo 3 community website. In the meantime, check out the first part of our hands-on with the closed beta by heading here.

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    Arkive , September 23, 2011 4:32 PM
    dontcrosthestreamsi wont be playn this time around, they have squed the drop rates to make money off of chinese slaves. if there is to much of a good item it will stop droping, making it more valuable in their marketplace

    I agree. It would be much wiser to invest your time in basic spelling courses.
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    Arkive , September 23, 2011 4:11 PM
    Diablo 3 and Guild Wars 2 are actually just rumors created many years ago to tease us.
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    rh_dog , September 23, 2011 4:07 PM
    Rats, I see this news on other sites too. Oh well, I hope TL2 comes out before D3. It will help pass the time. I wouldn't mind the delay so much if I got in the Beta for D3.
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    Arkive , September 23, 2011 4:11 PM
    Diablo 3 and Guild Wars 2 are actually just rumors created many years ago to tease us.
  • 5 Hide
    fyend , September 23, 2011 4:15 PM
    Who cares. It was totally underwhelming when I played the beta. All aboard the Blizzard hype train! Choo Choo!
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    dontcrosthestreams , September 23, 2011 4:28 PM
    i wont be playn this time around, they have squed the drop rates to make money off of chinese slaves. if there is to much of a good item it will stop droping, making it more valuable in their marketplace
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    Arkive , September 23, 2011 4:32 PM
    dontcrosthestreamsi wont be playn this time around, they have squed the drop rates to make money off of chinese slaves. if there is to much of a good item it will stop droping, making it more valuable in their marketplace

    I agree. It would be much wiser to invest your time in basic spelling courses.
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    Netherscourge , September 23, 2011 4:40 PM
    Oh well.

    (Psst. Hey, RUNIC GAMES..... Torchlight 2 ready yet?)


    ;) 
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    dark_lord69 , September 23, 2011 4:41 PM
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    gnookergi , September 23, 2011 4:43 PM
    For some reason it doesn't bother me at all. I always expect this from Blizzard and have just learned to only get excited once they officially announce a release date (usually a month before it comes out).
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    Slomoshun , September 23, 2011 4:51 PM
    dontcrosthestreamsi wont be playn this time around, they have squed the drop rates to make money off of chinese slaves. if there is to much of a good item it will stop droping, making it more valuable in their marketplace

    Then give me your key!
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    AerieC , September 23, 2011 4:55 PM
    gnookergiFor some reason it doesn't bother me at all. I always expect this from Blizzard and have just learned to only get excited once they officially announce a release date (usually a month before it comes out).


    Totally agree. I mean, I can see why people get upset over constant delays, but I'd much rather wait longer for a polished product than get something fundamentally broken or incomplete and wait for patches to fix it up.

    In the business world, I think it makes sense to get your product out fast to make sure you capitalize on the market, but games aren't the same as a revolutionary business product. Games are art. There's always a market for good art.
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    yapchagi , September 23, 2011 5:02 PM
    I don't care LOL.
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    dcompart , September 23, 2011 5:02 PM
    Does D3 have Bind on Pick up for certain items? I hope so.
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    maxinexus , September 23, 2011 5:05 PM
    So Blizzard. I wish to at least get the Beta but with my luck...I don't think so.
    They should probably segment the game. Get 1st act ready and sell it to us. Then just finish 2nd 3rd etc...most likely would make more money...
    But hey I can wait another decade maybe my grand kids get to play D3 someday.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 23, 2011 5:06 PM
    Early 2012? GTFO Blizzard, we'll have Skyrim, BF3 and Mass Effect 3 by then... no need for your DRM-infested hack&slash... xD
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    Arkive , September 23, 2011 5:06 PM
    dcompartDoes D3 have Bind on Pick up for certain items? I hope so.

    Diablo 3 is not WoW. BoP would completely ruin what Diablo is about.
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    ikyung , September 23, 2011 5:12 PM
    amk-aka-phantomEarly 2012? GTFO Blizzard, we'll have Skyrim, BF3 and Mass Effect 3 by then... no need for your DRM-infested hack&slash... xD

    Actually Skyrim and BF3 are coming out Q4 this year and ME3 is coming out late Q1 2012. They made the right choice to push it back. There are like tons of games coming out Q4 this year and most people probably only have the budget to get like 1-2 games for Q4 this year.
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    officeguy , September 23, 2011 5:12 PM
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    Diablo 3 Delayed Until Early 2012
    This is a suprise, lol.
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    mobrocket , September 23, 2011 5:16 PM
    I am glad it is delayed.... there are so many good games coming out between now and mid 2012... i just dont have the time
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    johnners2981 , September 23, 2011 5:21 PM
    obviously scared off by skyrim which will be thrice as good
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    Anonymous , September 23, 2011 5:28 PM
    In typical Blizzard-esque fashion they have the delayed the release of their game. Any real Blizzard isnt surprised by this because it always happens.

    Theres a reason Blizzard has and does produce the best games available on the market. Its because they take the time they need to finish their products.
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