Diablo III delayed again

Activision pushes action RPG to April-June quarter; company not expecting to ship both Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm and WOW: Mists of Pandaria this year.

Hopefully Diablo fans have some patience. Activision today announced that Diablo III won't be released during early 2012 as was previously expected.

Diablo III isn't ready just yet.

As part of its latest financial report today, Activision said Diablo III is now targeted for the company's second quarter, which runs April-June 2012.

Diablo III was at one time expected to be released in 2011, and a rumor from last month indicated the game could launch as early as February 1. However, Activision quickly shot down that speculation, and Blizzard later announced it was implementing a host of changes to the game.

Additionally, Activision today said it is expecting only one other title from Blizzard this year. The company has a number of announced projects, including Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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gazdurmor
gazdurmor

Thanks god that i dont wait for diablo 3 from blizzard. from last 3 mounthes i play on hellgateserver.com. It is a bit buggy but it is already more advanrtage and interesting then beta from blizzard and i dont like to spent money for pc game when you can get it free.

greendude123
greendude123

WTF gamespot, almost gave me a hert attack

Spacemancer
Spacemancer

WHY did this article reappear on the front page under trending? It's from 2/9/12, the hell, this scared the hell out of me. Gamespot logic.

Hujazoda
Hujazoda

Trust me guys, we are going to wait for it for till 2014 I guess as it was with Starcraft 2 WOL where they promised us that it would be out somewhere around 2008 and was out..... Buuuuut, outstanding games are worth waiting!

psyrainia
psyrainia

this is what is making my skin CRAWWWWLL ,. i work at walmart and we are selling the pre orders which say " AVAILABLE SOON " so me who is slightly excited comes to gamespot to see if there is a date,. nope still sais TBA 2012 ,. HOW MANY GAMES HAVE PRE ORDERS WITH ZERO RELEASE DATE or ANY HINT AS TO WHEN ,. right now we are being asked for pre order $$$munnies$$$ . its stupid. blizzard MUNNIE COWWWW!!!!

yurik007
yurik007

polished or not .... in any case you wont be able to install diablo 3 because it is non installable .... it is developed in DDOS win 7 & 8 wont be able to run it and my pc can't run XP for technical reasons ... will blizzard provide us with BDS? (Blizzard Diablo Station) ? i mean it contains internet connection just for 69$ a month , a Diablo Basher mouse only for 5 cent a click.. and it all comes with CN (Cains Notes) A brand new operating system which runs great on Dos. see specs in near future..

Zylaris
Zylaris

Why do people dislike so much blizzard?? I guess for the same reasons than I do.. the feeling of being a money cow that they milk at their own will. Good point on this "1 year membership and get D3 free". But why? Whatever the reasons are, it feels bad for them. When they don't give us any favor for having paid monthly feas for years we treat them of money-sucker and when they offer something free with got the feeling they are dying. This is quite something. With Blibli I don't ask myself anymore questions. I know they make huge amounts of profit but they delay games. With that money they should be able to pay people to have 24/7 shifts, companies respecting delays do it. So why this waiting? I think it's more a mind control mechanic than anything else.

anger021780
anger021780

You can expect when the April-June quarter comes it will be pushed back again..

redsiy
redsiy

Take it at face value. If its Blizzard, then tack on an extra plus year for an expected release date... at least a year plus. Though we always hope for less :-)

sonicare
sonicare

LOL. When has blizzard ever released a game on time? They always delay. Nothing wrong with that, as I would rather have a finished product than a rushed buggy game.

yurik007
yurik007

i wish you blizzard a bankrupt and nothing else :-) take another 10 to 15 years to "develop" your diablo 3 game ... till then i'll be playing elder scrolls 12 ,call of duty modern warfare 10 , maybe need for speed 20 and finally dawn of war 6 :-) oh yes... forgot to mention ; your game would be a "little" outdated... ill be playing all those above in hologram V- HD.. eat dust blizzard!!!

yurik007
yurik007

Blizzard: as was previously expected, we expected . HOPEFULLY, to not expect to what was we expecting to expect release date will be announced in early 2013 maybe not.... maybe yes? or maybe not? nahhhhh... lets make another scroll we will call it anunadradananta or maybe not... it will be released hopefully, maybe not, maybe yes or not or no, hopefully; in q4 2014 but we dont know .. maybe we will want to develop an new skill .. it takes betwwen 28 month to 40 to develop a new skill .. if you have a name for that skill please consider the release date will be prolonged about one year... we need to change the name of that skill hopefully it will take us one year maybe not maybe yes hopefully...

nedrith
nedrith

@blackarrow, honestly I've never been too trusting of blizzard's #s anyways. Especially when Last figure I've seen from any trustable source was that anywhere between 5-7 million of their subscribers aren't even subsribers but in the zones where blizzard allows them to pay less than half the subscription price or a hourly fee. Not to mention get the actual game for free, Blizzard has always had a way of convincing people that there stuff is the only stuff around. Their games are decent at best, but their PR team is really, really good at what they do. Stuff normal companies would of gotten slammed for(RL money auction house in a non-MMO or online DRM for a single player game) Blizzard somehow turns into the next great thing. They will continue to put delays down to "making the game better" where in reality half the time it is actually due to poor planning. I think that is easily seeable to anyone who has seen half the stupid bugs that make it through in WoW. While bugs in a MMO are to be expected some of them are laughable at best. I remember quite a few times where the first or second boss in a new raid instance was bugged beyond playable as soon as the instance was released for example.

anger021780
anger021780

meh, the beta was disappointing anyways..

sirius237
sirius237

DIABLO FANS NO LONGER HAVE ANY PATIENCE....

Blackarrow1020
Blackarrow1020

@RO-nIn187 I don't know why you need to try and insult me, I just said over 10 million people play the game, and obviously the game is not just some crappy game if 10 million people play it. If it were bad, they wouldn't have ever had 12 million subscribers.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@bicusdicus News Flash. No Game Company actually cares about you or the customers. They only care about you when you give them money for their products.

RO-nIn187
RO-nIn187

@Blackarrow1020 so if 10 million people jump off a cliff... just because they play WoW that doesnt make that game any better... but you probably look like that dude in the south park episode anyway :D

fantasyfreak000
fantasyfreak000

Even though diaoblo 3 is taking awhile to release after playing the beta the wait will be well worth it

Defender1978
Defender1978

Blizzard is starting to remind me of Lucas.

shooters125
shooters125

Not surprised. At this rate the 2nd part of Starcraft will take another ten years. Any hope of a new Warcraft RTS died when WoTLK killed Arthas...

JackHoleFace00
JackHoleFace00

This is lame. I get the feeling the only thing that'll launch on time is the one I don't give a crap about (Mists of Pandaria). HotS will probably be delayed till next year. Btw, anyone know how much HotS will be? Better not be another $60.

JackHoleFace00
JackHoleFace00

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bicusdicus
bicusdicus

Blizzard was a fine company 10 years ago, even longer... It is not the same company anymore. The people that made D2 are looong gone. Everything they have done in the last few years has cost them fans and customers. Yet they make money by charging their dense fanboiis more for less. I must say those that think the Name BLIZZARD still means anything good make me laugh and cry. I share a planet with ya. SH&%! How can you not see you are loyal to the stinging side of greed? I must say Bioware has saved MMO's for now. Any of you that have not played TOR are simply missing out on a game that keeps getting better,( $150 dollar 3d card runs TOR on highest setting on my PC btw) as opposed to Blizzard which is now only about how can they make their shareholders more money from fanbois. Creativity cannot be bought. Even if the money they made went into their games instead of millions of dollars in bonuses for the people ruining a once fine company.

anticusho1984
anticusho1984

I hate the delay but it seems something is not good with the game for now and I prefer to wait a little more and get an amazing diablo game than a horrible mistake like rage for pc

Blackarrow1020
Blackarrow1020

@RO-nIn187 Over 10 million people still play that "crappy game" that is WoW.

Darkefka
Darkefka

DIablo 3 is becoming the new Duke Nukem Forever... to Blizzard: RELEASE THE DAMN GAME NOW!!! we don't care if there's a little glitch making me go through walls once every 3 hours, just patch it after like everyone is doing and let us play it xD Dark Souls had a glitch allowing us to gain infinite soul, did they wait 3 years to patch this before selling it? no the patch it after and everyone was happy before we could play earlier... you already know how to do patched, you're doing a lot of them for WoW... RELEASE DIABLO 3...at this rate the game is never gonna be finished...

Encephlon
Encephlon

Delayed? Blizzard?! Shocking news!

keith21uk
keith21uk

I hope this isnt a delay for them just to work on the console versions to release at the same time. Really thought how long the beta has now been up and running I would be playing it before my birthday March27th... 13 months now on preorder and counting.

Cloud83
Cloud83

hmm I wonder why they put out get the game free if you subscribe to wow for one year. I predict this game to come out the end of this year maybe. Boo Blizzard!!!

theR34p3R
theR34p3R

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Muisee
Muisee

Give out free downloads of Diablo 2 so people get off your case Blizzard!

ManHooYin
ManHooYin

Lol hmmm great surprise I wonder what will come out 1st WoW (whatever it is) or D3. I really doubt HoS will come out this year as well since probably another call of duty related game/dlc/whatever they can think of to milk will come out this year. Activision is so awesome, i'm gona go of and buying 'sleeping dog' as it will come out before any of these games come out lol.

yukinaze
yukinaze

what the!!! why they postpone the release of diablo III i wanna play this game!

Nic345
Nic345

In soviet Russia Diablo 3 arrives early! Seriously though too bad.

Leonagard
Leonagard

YEah!! polish it more till it shine to its glory... just want a betakey... btw I live outside US :(... May 8! take a note ;)

McGregor
McGregor

Who is surprised? Still looking forward to it though. I'm building a gaming PC just for this game (and possibly TERA), so I'll get today's top end at tomorrow's low-mid prices!

blacksaibot
blacksaibot

I called it. What else is new? Why even bother finishing the game?

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

I think the earliest Diablo III will come out is July, roughly matching the time frame of Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty Release in 2010 (July 27). Blizzard will not be welded to any rough window until they have a specific day in mind and release it to the public.

Tzardok
Tzardok

December 2012 does sound more realistic... This is Blizzard guys... At least they release very polished games. I am quite fond of StarCraft Universe and it's gameplay.

0_demo_0
0_demo_0

Well as long as it's perfect I am fine and dandy playing Diablo II till it comes out :)

jollybest1
jollybest1

newsflash ...........Diablo3 will be released on 21 december 2012....Preorder now and you will receive the apocalyptic edition for free :)).......

wexorian
wexorian

@Ometh secret Panda level? :D

homedog212
homedog212

if i see a post in my inbox again about diablo 3 being delayed again im done its been to long for this to come out.

leeveeu
leeveeu

Torchlight 2 might still have a chance still :)

moumoutex
moumoutex

The Opening Cinematic isn't as thrilling as the previous ones, sure the story is washed for a 3rd time but im a bit dissapointed, hope the game is good though

DragonRift
DragonRift

@linksfire Nah, that title's already been taken by Half Life 2: Episode Three. :D