Diablo 3 Delayed Until 2012

Brad Chacos

The launch of Diablo 3’s closed beta test does more than help Blizzard iron out bugs for the upcoming release of the game; it also wets the taste of gamers who have been waiting for a true Diablo 2 sequel for ten years and counting. (Um, even if the crappy always-online DRM did give cause some headaches .) Turns out it was just a tease after all. Today, Blizzard officially announced that the release date for the game has slipped back 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 cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment, said in the company’s press release .

To be fair, Blizzard had never firmly committed to a 2011 release date. The company has long said that it will release Diablo 3 only when it was ready – but they hoped it would be ready in 2011. They’ve extended two olive branches to help ease the pain, though; the time frame for the beta test will be prolonged to allow gamers more Barbarian time, and anybody who had previously signed up for the Diableard challenge are formally released from the bond and now free to shave their faces at their leisure.

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