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Activision: Diablo III planned for second quarter of 2012, more Blizzard delays in the cards

Activision Blizzard's released its financial results for the end of 2011, and you'll forgive us if we give you the Cliff's Notes version – Activision rich, Kotick ebullient, Call of Duty more than somewhat profitable – in order to skip to some of the company's projected future releases (via GameSpot). Specifically, the company's made a few admissions regarding its expectations for the output of prize subsidiary Blizzard, which won't be shipping Diablo III for a while yet

While players have been waiting a good, long time for Diablo III, Blizzard's known for releasing games when they're ready, not when you want them – so you might want Diablo III in “Early 2012” as you'd been led to expect, but it'll now be ready sometime between April and June, so that's when you'll get it (hopefully)

The company recently announced a substantial overhaul to play mechanics, followed by the departure of the title's senior producer. In turn, Blizzard announced it wouldn't be letting anyone see sunlight until the game got done, canceling the year's BlizzCon lest it tempt programmers away from their monitors for a few days.

Activision's also announced that it no longer expects to ship both Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria this year, spacing the titles out so Blizzard has time to make them as shiny and panda-filled as possible. Guess you'll just have to hope this whole Apocalypse 2012 thing doesn't pan out after all, huh?

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8 comments

  • gondarpwns - February 9, 2012 6:17 p.m.

    Is it kinda wierd i kinda glad about this or am i not the only one. REASON: It is closer to my bday(yayyyyyyyy) and to summer(double yayyyyyyyyyyy)
  • ncurry2 - February 9, 2012 6:06 p.m.

    I wish they'd just officially delay this until holiday 2012 so that they would release HotS already. It's almost certainly near completion and would be much easier to actually get out but they won't release it before diablo 3 since they still don't know when d3 is going to release themselves and don't want the two stacked too closely.
  • KnowYourPokemon - February 9, 2012 6:40 p.m.

    You do realize Blizzard doesn't have just one team working on everything right? They have separate teams currently working on Diablo 3, heart of the Swarm, Mists of pandaria, and their new MMO. It's not as easy as them putting a hold on one game just so they can get another out quicker.
  • Rubberducky - February 9, 2012 5:31 p.m.

    Those bastards! I'll be back in school right about the time they release Diablo, guess I'm not playing that for another year or two :(
  • MCBadong - February 9, 2012 5:18 p.m.

    Gee thanks, Blizzard. You know, with Skyrim taking in RPG Gold and games like Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning winning over fans for awesome gameplay and combat, the old "our game will still rock in it's league once it's released" might not be so successful anymore - sure people will buy it, but RPG standards will have been increased by games like Skyrim, and with many other new games in the horizon, Blizzard taking their sweet little time might just fail drastically. Then again, I could still be wrong.
  • Scoob - February 9, 2012 5:43 p.m.

    Blizzard is in the same place as Squaresoft was: their games will get praised based on the pedigree of the developer, lest a reviewer catch too much fire for lambasting a fanboy's favorite developer. If I were to predict anything here, I would guess that Mists of Pandaria will come out first, as WoW will need a shot in the arm as the MMO market is getting much more competitive this year, and the three or four "WoW killers" actually have potential to take a huge bite out of WoW's numbers.
  • Travia220 - February 9, 2012 8:43 p.m.

    RPG's standards such as? Skyrim uses typical roleplaying methods. Bethesda actually dumbed down RPG Standards with Skyrim compared to their past games. Also Diablo 3 is a completely different genre to Skyrim.. you can't even compare them. Some people..
  • MCBadong - February 10, 2012 12:19 a.m.

    Personally, Diablo's gameplay, if it remains the same, would be just another clickfest. Sure, there's lore and levelling up and stuff, but isn't Diablo, at its core, just another point and click RPG? Skyrim at least does it differently, example from an FPS point of view, while KOA: Reckoning does platforming style combat. Don't get me wrong. I'm as big a fan of Diablo as you probably are, and as much as I complain I will get the game regardless of when it's released. I'm just saying that Blizzard will need to change their ways if they want this to really succeed.

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