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Diablo III is "done when it's done" - no release date given at BlizzCon

Gamers were (a little bit) shocked when Diablo III was officially delayed until 2012, missing its release date and giving the holiday season to BioWare for The Old Republic. It was expected, however, that a solid date would be given in the near future, especially with BlizzCon right around the corner.

Well, Blizzard is just full of surprises.

During the opening ceremony, Chris Metzen, Vice President of Creative Development at Blizzard, actually didn't give a date, instead saying that they were in the "home stretch" and that it would be "done when it's done." We feel like we've heard that before. Like, four years ago...

This is really strange. If the game almost made a 2011 release, it would make sense that a slight delay would knock the game to April at the latest. Honestly, we expected them to come out swinging even earlier than that, releasing the game in February or March and capitalizing on the fairly light early months of the year. The fact that they still don't have a date is certainly disconcerting, and we're hoping it doesn't mean bad things for their highly-anticipated RPG.

To hold fans over they released a new cinematic video, which we'll hopefully have for you in the near future, and the above boxart. We have a feeling that's not going to be enough to really make up for the lack of a release date, though, especially for those who have been waiting for years for Diablo III's release.

Oct 21, 2011

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9 comments

  • aliengmr - October 21, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    I was excited, 2 years ago, but now Im not sure I'll even get it. I'll be very surprised if comes out next year. But the excitement I should be feeling for this game left a long time ago.
  • FemJesse - October 21, 2011 1:12 p.m.

    I was also concerned about hearing the so-called beta was more like a demo. They pushed it out to whet fans' appetites, but would accomplish little as a true beta limiting more than half the content in the game. Hopefully they have a lot of people in alpha and working QA behind the curtain. It's not a good sign that they only allowed a small section of the game to be playable in a so-called "beta"...
  • FemJesse - October 21, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    Yea... I've been pretty much eagerly awaiting since it was announced in 2008 (or was it 07?)... Either way, it's still applicable to joke about playing Diablo III when we're retired...
  • LeSieg - October 21, 2011 1:03 p.m.

    I have never played a Blizzard game ever, but I do understand the frustrations of just dying to see a game come out with only disappointment filling the void where satisfaction should be (Valve >.>).
  • NullG7 - October 21, 2011 12:58 p.m.

    That is my new backround
  • Stridefizzel - October 21, 2011 12:02 p.m.

    Ha... wait, you guys are actually concerned about Diablo 3 now?? BLIZZARD HAS BEEN DOING THIS FOR THE LAST DECADE!! They ALWAYS push back the release dates on their games... ALWAYS!! And then, almost abruptly (ironically), the release date is revealed to be only a short amount of time after the actual reveal of the release date, and then the Blizzard game goes on to sell millions of copies and be a HUGE HUGE hit. it's like clockwork almost...
  • larkan - October 21, 2011 12:33 p.m.

    Yeah they've been doing it for the past decade, but it's starting to turn people away (that and their constant internet connections, player characters stored on their servers, etc etc), and I think Diablo III will be their last big hit. It's all downhill from here as they are just turning into another greed driven division of Activision.
  • Stridefizzel - October 24, 2011 11 a.m.

    I don't mean to argue, but I have to say I disagree with that. It is true that blizzard is an incredibly powerful gaming company like Activision, but UNLIKE Activision, when Blizzard DOES eventually get around to releasing a game, its still always phenominal. Starcraft 2 had so much polish and pure gaming awesomeness in it, and by all accounts that's what Diablo 3 will have too. And unless the people who currently work at Blizzard were to suddenly leave... I don't think that commitment to excellence is going anywhere. I hope I'm right anyway, because after all these years I still enjoy the hell out of Blizzard's games, and they're the only reason I even play PC games anymore.
  • ncurry2 - October 21, 2011 11:48 a.m.

    I watched that entire conference for a release date and never got one. Disappointment setting in...

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