Diablo III development in “the home stretch”

Blizzard is in crunch mode and Diablo III is in the final throes of development, according to the game's director, Jay Wilson. Speaking to the New York Times, Wilson said, “We’re definitely in the home stretch. We’re crunching. This is when the magic happens.”

Many fans (including the writer of the NY Times piece) are taking Wilson's statement to mean that the game may be released in 2011. While Wilson's words do sound promising, it's important to remember that when it comes to Blizzard, the “home stretch” can be a very long time.

The rest of the piece focuses on describing the appeal of Diablo III's loot system to the non-gaming readership of the newspaper.

Apr 29, 2011

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  • KNITEpanda - August 1, 2011 9:29 a.m.

    Are you guys forgetting the XM3 or whatever its called? It IS a mouse and keyboard for the 360/ps3. If you havent heard of it, give it a google. Or youtube the kid playing CoD while demo'ng the XM3 (pronounced Zim 3) Or something like that. Been a while since I've looked at it. So these things could very well be possible. Trust me, my computer is no where near great for PC gaming, and I highly doubt I can afford to build one that is.
  • chriszewski - May 1, 2011 7:52 p.m.

    I'll probably be playing Diablo II, Borderlands, Too Human, Sacred 2 and Torchlight well into 2012 while we all wait. @bmrskate It could work but PC would be the platform to play it on. Targeted spells on console controllers are a pain to cast on a specific enemy in most action RPGs. If they could transition the control scheme to a gamepad and have it be as smooth as a mouse and keyboard i'd be all for it.
  • krejsy - April 30, 2011 9:50 p.m.

    I thought i saw some business document from activision/blizzard stating that then had no releases in 2011 (I think I even might have seen it on this site o_O ), and blizzards only vaguely "confirmed" title for 2012 was their new mmo(titan?). Also bmrskate, that makes us two.
  • bmrskate - April 29, 2011 10:09 p.m.

    Is it blasphemy if I say that I want this to have a console release? I have a shitty little laptop, so it would be totally cool if I could just boot up a PS3 or Xbox 360 instead of throwing down around a grand for a computer that's capable enough. I've been waiting for this for a while, but I'm going to let Blizzard finish it. I know it will live up to the name Diablo III if they're given enough time to tweak it. Let's see if this next Diablo can last another decade or so.
  • Kentastic84 - April 29, 2011 9:35 p.m.

    I've been out of PC gaming for a while now in favour of the consoles but this is the game that I will build a new rig for. You never know, we might even have Half life 3 \ episode 3 by then!
  • Stridefizzel - April 29, 2011 8:07 p.m.

    I'm gonna say that this probably means will get Diablo 3 by 2013. If we are LUCKY BEYOND OUR WILDEST DREAMS, then MAYBE 2012. Come on people, it's Blizzard, they've been delaying games beyond measure for as long as most of us have been serious gamers.
  • BoltActionRevolver - April 29, 2011 7:22 p.m.

    To True. With Blizzard, the "Home stretch" means "Maybe next year if we are feeling generous (AKA not hit a bug, and because we want to, Fix it)"
  • SacredZergling - April 29, 2011 6:51 p.m.

    Don't forget the last time we heard this was when Dustin Browder said that we were in the final stretch for the Starcraft 2 beta. It started exactly a year later from the date that he said that.
  • Myko - April 29, 2011 6:43 p.m.

    best news I have heard for a long time, so stoked, day keeps getting better and better
  • jakethesnakes - April 29, 2011 6:26 p.m.

    Home stretch = last 5 years.
  • NelosAngelos - April 29, 2011 6:14 p.m.

    Been needing a good monster mash dungeon crawler. Just hope this doesn't come out too soon, what with the millions of other games I want hitting the shelves...I wanna be able to afford gas this year.

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