2011 release? Blizz says they "are on the homestretch".
"I'm thinking early next year. "
Agreed. Late winter, early spring sounds more plausible. They seem close though to me, but they do love to polish games to no end. Double edged sword so to say. But w/so much good coming this fall/winter, next year would be better for me anyway, lol.
Well, under the current management of Activision-Blizzard, Blizzard has agreed to release at minimum 1 title per year. Last year they released 2 titles, Cataclysm and StarCraft 2. Not only this, but according to the leaked timeline (which you can see below) Diablo 3 is expected to release in Q4 of this year (along with a StarCraft 2 expansion and some other mystery SC2 project). If Blizzard meets their Q2 goal of releasing the map market for SC2 then I will have a lot more faith in these leaked documents. I think that they will because they were touting Blizzard DOTA at Blizzcon and players have been anxiously anticipating it ever since. I think that they will use that particular map/mod as the flagship of the marketplace. It will be free, but it will release alongside the marketplace so that the marketplace announcement will garner more attention.
That's just my 2 cents... here's the timeline I spoke of - please notice the disclaimer at the bottom. The timeline was purportedly leaked when an executive from Blizzard's China division left the company. One of the big-wigs left the company and took company secrets with him and this one leaked out... that's the story, but of course who knows what to believe. It is from a year ago so I am sure plenty has moved around...
According to VG247 in an earnings call that took place back in February of this year,
So, I guess really, who the fuck knows. Blizzard is being Blizzard. Release it when it's done. When is that? "Soon."
Blizzard is good for one major release a year, it was explained, and the firm wanted to wait on a Diablo III release this year, because quality matters to Blizzard above anything else. If the game happened to release this year, it would be because Blizzard believed it to be ready, but don’t expect it.
CFO Thomas Tippl said during the financial call to investors, that the company’s outlook of 2011 does not include a new Blizzard game, but instead expects the developer to release two titles in 2012 – possibly the new MMO and Diablo III – but no one would confirm which titles when asked by numerous analysts on the call.
I'm still hesitantly looking forward to it. To be honest I really want this game but at the same time I'm afraid it won't be anything new or exciting for the franchise and will make everyone wonder what the point was (as its not like Starcraft- this is a genre that's been cloned to death for years so it does need some kind of innovation).
I don't know, we'll see. I do still intend to get it- again I'm just worried. Can't help it.
Amidst the press recently, it mostly went under the radar where they said they won't announce a release date until 3-4 months before it comes out. So they kind of need to get on the ball if they are going to make this year. Since the beta has not yet begun. I'm sure they would love an holiday release, but early 2012 is still fiscal 2011 and that is what really matters to investors. And being post holiday means less competition (sometimes, and probably less big competition).
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