Bad News Friday: Diablo III Release Gets Pushed To 2012
Hot on the heels of the news earlier this week that the Diablo 3 closed beta has begun (and that beta keys are being sent out to lucky gamers the world over) comes some bad news. This morning the folks at Blizzard issued a press release letting us know that they will not be making their intended release in 2011, and that the game is now planned to ship in “early 2012.” The press release explains that this is due to some additional time the team has decided they need make the game “Blizzard good.” Get the details after the jump.
Obviously this sucks in the short term, since every single one of us wants to get our hands on this title as fast as possible. But let’s be honest here: Blizzard knows what they are doing, and if they say they need more time to make this game as awesome as it can be, then they should take as much time as they need. They’ve never released a game that didn’t kick total ass, and I’d hate for them to release it before it’s done and ruin that streak.
And on the plus side, this means a longer beta, which means some more of us can hopefully get keys to play it before everyone else (which will garner the envy of friends, the ire of enemies, and the attentions of many potential suitors). While you’re waiting for your beta key/the game’s release, you could always try working on your Diableard.
Blizzard Entertainment extends beta test for hotly anticipated action role-playing game
IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Despite a sterling record of always hitting its release targets,Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that the expected launch window for Diablo® III, the next title in the company’s critically acclaimed series of action role-playing games, will be moving into early 2012.
“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 III 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.”
Blizzard will use the additional time to extend the Diablo III closed beta test, which began September 20, potentially adding more testers than initially projected. Players who have an active Battle.net® account with any Blizzard game attached to it should visit Battle.net account management to opt in for a chance to participate in the beta test. Additional testing phases, as well as further details regarding the launch plans for the game, will be announced on the company’sDiablo III community website: www.Diablo3.com.
So what is everyone doing in the meantime?