Blizzard rep denies Diablo III launching Feb. 1 - Retail Radar

[UPDATE]: Pic showing Best Buy ad for Blizzard's latest with countdown clock for midnight launch just weeks away debunked by company representative.

[UPDATE] Hopes of an imminent release for Diablo III have been quashed. A Twitter post from Blizzard's Diablo III community manager Micah Whipple stated that "Diablo III does not have a release date. Any store or person claiming otherwise is guessing."

Original story:

Blizzard Entertainment fans may not have to wait much longer for the debut of Diablo III. Joystiq is reporting on an ad for the game in a Minnesota Best Buy telling customers they can pick it up on February 1.

There aren't enough snooze bars in the world to stop this reawakening.

The ad also features a countdown clock and notice of a midnight launch for Diablo III. Best Buy's web store also lists a February 1 launch for the game. The last official word from Blizzard was that the dungeon-crawling PC and Mac action game would be released in "early 2012." As of press time, a Blizzard representative had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

The first title in the series since 2001's Diablo II: Lord of Destruction expansion, Diablo III will add a variety of new features, character classes, and a new auction house system designed as "a new way for the company to pull revenues from the game."

For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Diablo III.

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327 comments
keith21uk
keith21uk

I wanted to be playing diablo 3 on/before my birthday March 27th. Looks more and more unlikely now. Almost 12 months I have had this on preorder. But I would rather the game be ready to play than crashing all the time "when its ready"

bmorgan303
bmorgan303

There is no way possible the game will be out before April. They just patched beta for the 10th time and Blizz usually anounces a date 2 months before. Look for this title Spring/Summer

Kebble
Kebble

So the ad was legit? Gamestop and Bestbuy seem to be saying the same date... and my guess would be they would have had to get the information from somewhere. It's not totally unheard of for companies to accidentally expose something because they came into contact with information which incidentally was not meant to be announced yet. Call me crazy, but I'm still hoping for Feb 1st 2012.

j_cain341
j_cain341

This stalling from Blizzard is driving me nuts. I know Blizzard has a reputation for developing great games. However, in my opinion, when someone says early 2012, I suspect anytime between January-March. That is a quarter. I believe an early release would be in-between that timeframe. We know it isn't getting released January since we are already half-way through the month. February release would be great but I am banking on a March Release. Just my thoughts. Blizzard Entertainment, quit stalling. We are all eager to give Diablo a beating.

Schwarte
Schwarte

Blizzard might just be the only company that can tell me they'll delay their game more than once without me being unhappy about it. Let's face it, every Blizzard title was delayed, their release date always is "when it's done", but on the other hand each and every game has been a gamechanger. I'm still playing D2 and W3 and I will only stop when they release D3!

thedemon44
thedemon44

This wait is killing me. Between Diablo III and Black Mesa, it feels like nothing is getting done.

Quant1c
Quant1c

Didn't surprise me...

bobbydoors
bobbydoors

@baal46 The article is in the News section, and obviously it's news. GameSpot didn't state that it has any credibility. They only layed out the fact6s of the news; to sum it up: someone came up with a release date - blizzard denied it - didn't respond to gamespot's comment request - blah, blah, blah.... What made you think that gamespot believes in the story.

baal46
baal46

Duh. Shame on you, GameSpot for publishing an article about that obviously-fake release date, as though you believed it had any credibility whatsoever.

RitterXplode
RitterXplode

Make sure it's completely polished before you release it Blizzard. We hardcore gamers don't want to be disappointed. Like a certain Duke game out there did.

paxis85
paxis85

you would think that after 5 years of teasing us they'd actually give us a release date rather than pushing back the window every three months -_-

DarkRupert
DarkRupert

@kkxtrouble ah.. didnt hear bout the region based... hold on im in south africa theres gona be like 10 items a week....

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

We all knew it was too good to be true, but the heart wants what the heart wants.

Ardain
Ardain

Never listen to Best Buy they make mistakes all the time with release dates. I remember a few years back they put a poster of PS3's Final Fantasy VII remake in there window and I took it for lols. They didn't care and they didn't stop me either.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

If they somehow manage to delay this another year, I won't be surprised.

RedEyedMonster8
RedEyedMonster8

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lonewolf1044
lonewolf1044

Well, guess it is back to the drawing board. I am patient being there is other new games coming out. Hope it do not turn out like Duke Nukem did after all this waiting.

darkvaper
darkvaper

samwise didier said , " I kid you not. On the last night of the year, I had one of the weirdest dreams in my life. I was looking in the mirror and I saw a sapphire crystal shard had grown out of my forehead. I yanked it out and while holding it with my right hand, the stone glowed red hot. I woke up and checked if my head was bleeding. Then I laughed. That's a good omen! Diablo III IS COMING in 2012!!!!!! Link http://sonsofthestorm.com/

Gooshnads
Gooshnads

@megakick Another idiot speculating! =D

megakick
megakick

Ha figures, glad I didn't preoder. IMO D3 won't come out till WOW isn't profitable anymore.

James00715
James00715

Diablo 2 was pushed back to Summer 2000. Expect the same for Diablo 3, Summer 2012.

Agent-M
Agent-M

In other news: "Blizzard has announced that it will hold their newest title, Diablo III, ransom until every single canceled wow subscription is renewed".

SteveTwo
SteveTwo

For all the people who say Blizzards' new MMO is a StarCraft MMO, it's not. Totally not. I bet they do it some day, maybe after a couple more generations of MMO technology have raised the bar above what we have now. Just look up 'Blizzard Titan' for the few scraps of info that is out there on their new IP.

jack00
jack00

@minijeffro DIII lifespan will be short ? Jesus man you really don't have a clue about what you're talking about. DIII have more content in it then 5 games put together, and i'm not even talking about the 2 expansion pack they will release in the future.

jack00
jack00

@Zophar87 Yes but Blizzard have been wanting to crack the console market for a long time now and Diablo III might be the perfect game for it. If you are douthing a console version is being made right now then you are wrong because Josh Mosqueira is the lead designer for the D3 console project. https://twitter.com/Bashiok

glhx1rush
glhx1rush

Diablo III and GW2 are no longer on my list of games to keep on the lookout for. That ship has sailed.

minijeffro
minijeffro

Blizzard just take forever to make their games, its an annoyance, but they always deliver the goods (except for Cataclysm which was awful). Wow is finally in its twilight years as the game is really starting to show its age both in gameplay and graphics. I hope their new MMO is a breath of fresh air. Diablo 3 will be great and a blast to play but its lifespan will be short as it's a campaign based game. I expect to play through it with friends maybe once or twice...then what.

Lahusair
Lahusair

This gamespot`s news should be deleted. Or its LOL. I think the waiting for this game will not be profitable.

Ronaldius
Ronaldius

Diablo III on Feb. 1, is a joke. The only one that is gonna make me jump up and hit my head is Blizzard.

decebal
decebal

Feb 1st. 2013 Or it ends up like Warcraft Adventures and Starcraft Ghost.

BloodMist
BloodMist

I knew it, it was a LARP mockup!!!

Undernet01
Undernet01

Diablo III is still WAY too early in the Beta to even consider being released. I wouldn't be surprised if this game gets pushed back to a Fall Release.

kkxtrouble
kkxtrouble

@DarkRupert But they wont be selling, players will. The only way you'll be able to get an amazing weapon for money is if someone wants to sell it. And lets remember the auction houses are region based so a chinese guy who farms itens for a living wont be able to sell to you.

20years
20years

hahaha ... damn .... these rumors , read the update people

twisted_outlaw
twisted_outlaw

@poppen695 you couln't be anymore wrong. HotS dosn't have a release date yet. WoW has totally gone downhill since cata, and it's not going to get better with this panda crap. i canceled my sub a couple years ago. No one i played with then still plays. Blizz is working on a new MMO, most likely something to do with SC. ToR blows WoW away anyhoo. MMORPGs in all honesty are boring nowadays compared to the excitement you can get from other games, especially on a time vs reward aspect. Plus D3 has been delayed for years now. It won't surprise me if i t releases Feb 1. They aren't gonna wanna hold off too long and conflict with SC2 expansion, which the only people buying it are more than likely in it bc they're fans of the series or serious SC enthusiasts. D3 launching in Feb makes alot of sense considering it wont have to compete with other major titles in March such as Mass Effect 3, Max Payne 3, and Ghost Recon to name a few.

Sorrow_42
Sorrow_42

I will be too old to play this by the time its released.

RavageCobra
RavageCobra

@Tripwolf When something someone says turns into a big deal, it's not just a mere rumor; it's an all out lie. Of course they're going say otherwise.

Son_Jazrin
Son_Jazrin

@Tripwolf I guess when a large retail chain like Best Buy makes an announcement of this magnitude, Blizzard has no choice but to intervene. What I don't get is why Best Buy would do it? What's in it for them? When Feb 1st comes around and they have no games to sell, what would they do then? Prepare for a riot?

Albaficas
Albaficas

poppen695 what profit? they keep loosing mil of subs each year..do your homerwork blizz fangirl

metallic
metallic

I actually don't want this game to come out soon. I'm so broke from buying all the awesome games that came out recently. A new game is not in my budget.

metallic
metallic

Blizzard has flat out denied rumours before and they turned out to be 100% true.

Leonagard
Leonagard

lol... if you want it faster do you a favor and forget it!!... The time will pass faster... looks like Torchlight 2 is waiting for the best release window too... February will be Amalour Reckoning release not D3 nor Torch 2...:)

Digital_DJ_00
Digital_DJ_00

I was excited for Diablo III........when it was announced nearly 4 years ago... I stopped following its progress when I heard there wasn't gonna be stat allocation in leveling, no more town portals, level cap at 60, Auction house for real currency, same length of story as D2 and.....do I really need to keep going? I guess this is what happens when Blizzard North isn't behind production, which is why this is pretty much a carbon copy of Diablo II; only with better graphics.... Did you know that Diablo III actually began production in 2005? Crazy huh?

poppen695
poppen695

This game isn't releasing in 2012...it will be early to mid 2013 at the earliest. Blizzard still has too much profit to farm from WoW and Starcraft expansions this year, and they will put huge profits in front of the desires of gamers any time there is a choice...not that you can blame them, they are a company after all.