Diablo III release date coming in 'near future'

Blizzard game director Jay Wilson assures fans that game is in "great shape" but stops short of saying launch plans announcement will be "soon."

After Diablo III's most recent delay two weeks ago, many have been left wondering just what is going on with Blizzard Entertainment's anticipated action role-playing game? Only good things, assures game director Jay Wilson, who took to Blizzard's forums to say that a release date for the title can be expected in the "near future."

And, behold, Diablo III comes quickly.

"The latest full build we've been testing here in the office is in great shape," Wilson wrote in his letter to the community. "We get a lot of sympathy from the other teams because of the long hours of crunch our design team is putting in, but the secret is that playing through the game as we do final tuning, bug fixes, and optimizations is a real joy."

"We think you're going to love Diablo III when it's released, and speaking of release plans, you can seriously expect a launch-date announcement from us in the near future," he continued. "See, I didn't say 'soon,' so I'm not taunting you. You'll know as soon as I know for sure the exact date."

Diablo III will be the first release in the infernal action role-playing game franchise since 2001's Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. Though Blizzard has yet to offer an official release date for the game, it has bypassed a number of targeted release windows, including the end of 2011 and the first part of 2012.

The game is currently scheduled for release during Activision Blizzard's April-June 2012 quarter. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Diablo III.

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192 comments
gazdurmor
gazdurmor

Hey guys, join free diablo 3 server from hellgateserver.com

OverlordGunnar
OverlordGunnar

@Jtg473 You sir, win a prize for being the smartest person on the internet today.

h4wkw0lf613
h4wkw0lf613

Blizzard is scared of the "2012 end of the world" rumors and are going to push back the realease date for as long as they are not sure that they won't die. Best explanation I could make up for all those delayings.

conti027
conti027

I heard GameSpot had keys as well.. I've been waiting for them to give them out. I hope its not a facebook thing since I don't use facebook :(

Jimi_13
Jimi_13

Dear Gamespot, Hear you have some beta keys to give away........................ Hook that up

leoansa2
leoansa2

Take it easy, Blizzard! how much time do you need? 2, 3 years? thats ok! i do not want to ear anything more from this game until a REAL release date......

keith21uk
keith21uk

I wont take any rumoured release dates seriously until blizzard actually give us one. I think they are going to release it between April-July 2012 though unless something major needs fixing still. Shame I am not going to be playing it before my BDay March27th :(

SeveNVoldiZm
SeveNVoldiZm

I Have Waited For a decade and they only say "soon"??? My god...

yurik007
yurik007

As I posted previously ; Diablo III will be released between july 15 and august 15 2013.. OR july 20 2012 previously i said in 2009, that the game wont be released till 2014 i have been mistaken... wrong calculation led me to a such mistake... If blizzard officially anounced diablo in q3 2008 , (after they closed blizzard north i think in 2005) then another five/six years is the approximiate time (in "blizzard's time scale"- depends on what year they are in right now), to "POLISH" this installment... this is what is called :AN EPIC F-A-I-L-L-L !!! (with tripple "L")

Lonegunmanpt
Lonegunmanpt

With Guildwars 2 on the horizon I lost most of my interest in this one really. If they try to coincide launch dates with GW2 I think Blizzard will have an ugly surprise :)

mhaed
mhaed

Blizzard games are my pick-up-and-play games. When I see one, I pick it up and play it. That way I'm not distraught waiting decades for release date information.

RavenXavier
RavenXavier

To a game developement house "in the near future" could mean anywhere between 6 months to 18 months.

agnostipunk
agnostipunk

The truly sad thing is, as much as I want to complain and say I'm not gonna play Diablo 3, I'm gonna buy it on launch day just like all the rest of you! Even if you don't buy it on launch, people will be playing it for the next decade! Diablo 2 still has a huge player base and it's 11 years old.

XCore93
XCore93

blizzard is just attempting to exploit as much money as they can from us... i really hope diablo 3 is worth the wait with an intense gameplay, pretty awesome story and great graphics, id be really dissapointed if it turns to be a normal game with some improvements only and lack of content... I bet they will make World of Diablo and World of Starcraft in a near future also

aMyLoO2007
aMyLoO2007

This is getting ridiculous..I really hope the game will be worth waiting all of this time for.

Magrino
Magrino

@Darkreaper_1 Not even. :(

vishisluv7
vishisluv7

Blizzard has become a joke. A very very rich joke.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

You have no idea how hard I just laughed at this headline... Classic.

XCore93
XCore93

darn i hate how they play with our feelings :( we want diablo 3 asap.... but lets admit it, it will be worth the wait ! :)

ziproy
ziproy

I hate Blizzard, it's like a 5th grade class is behind the PR. There isn't a single release date for they're next 3 games and it's kind of annoying. Even if they come out and say Diablo 3 is comin in June why couldn't they have told us that in the first place and treated us like adults

FkThisName
FkThisName

You would think a company that is famous for being 5-10 years behind technology wouldn't take so long to finish a product.

Divedude
Divedude

Oh you mean there new MMO. When you have so much MMO in the game you might as well call it an MMO.

TheDarkNut
TheDarkNut

Release Date: Soonish™ Seriously.

FinalAvenger
FinalAvenger

lets just hope enthusiasts don't get bored of waiting and it loses its hype.

ProMethUse
ProMethUse

please give us a more definite release date... then all will be forgiven :D

megakick
megakick

How come Blizzard can release WoW expansions but can't set a date for D3? Keep dangling that carrot Blizzard.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Not a true fan, but I am looking forward to seeing what they do with this sequel.

AzatiS
AzatiS

@human-after-all I think you overeact a bit but yeah , as a diablo 2 fanatic and beta tester i can say game ( at least first 13 lvls and till skeleton king ) isnt AAAWEEESOMMEEE or something like that like i thought it would.. But yeah its beta. Lets see final release. You never know

paxis85
paxis85

Normally I'd say better late than never... at this point i'm not even gonna bother

I_am_in_despair
I_am_in_despair

Blizzard, please define what is "near future". I want to get Diablo 3 within my lifetime, please at least do that.

Human-after-all
Human-after-all

Beta sucked, incredibly mediocre and failed the catch the charm or atmosphere of a diablo game. Going from gothic fantasy to garbage cell shaded was incredibly underwhelming.

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

I strongly suspect a July 2012 release for this game, mirroring when Starcraft 2 came out in 2010. It would be good to come out during the summer when there is no other competition during those months.

markvons
markvons

This would have been exciting news 3 years ago... now well not so much. It's taken way too long, my interest in the game is almost gone at this point.

chinchillables2
chinchillables2

It's taking too long to come out and the excitement is dying down drastically. I'd suggest they get it out soon or stop given false release expectations and just release it one day with maybe a 2-week notice.

Merlanni
Merlanni

As soon as it is released, all the gamers, and that include the negative ones, will get it. The members here who say they will not, will get it. Those stating that based on the forced internet connection they will boycot it, will also get it. I will get it, and pray it will be a 90%+ game.

masterdrat
masterdrat

Medias are being played by Activision like a violin. By the way, a message to gamespot admins, you have to change "Release: TBA 2012 (US)" to "Release: Soon (Everywhere)"

zoxdj
zoxdj

Why doesn't this surprise me. Blizzard will never learn or change obviously. If other developers took 10 years for every game to make, they would go bankrupt, this is just getting more and more pathetic.:D

Darkreaper_1
Darkreaper_1

Is this basically a release date for a release date!?!

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

Who knows, maybe it'll be released by the next millennium.

jamyskis
jamyskis

The last time a game based on a great franchise was released "when it's done", it turned into Duke Nukem Forever. I'm focussing on other games anyway. Since the perpetual online connection requirement came about Diablo 3 has been a null-issue for me anyway.

EXODYS
EXODYS

"We always know a Blizzard game is almost ready when we have to ask members of the team to stop playing so they can get their work done", haha nice one.

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

How sad is it that the announcement of a release date coming soon is considered legitimate news? LOL

masterdrat
masterdrat

They're pulling a DNF aka bad game after more than 10 years than it's predecessor.

NervoZa
NervoZa

@deathstream "The people who made Diablo and Diablo 2 are long since gone from Blizzard, as is their vision for a dark, adult action fantasy RPG." It makes me sad...but you do have a point...

vishisluv7
vishisluv7

If anyone doesn't know by now, the Iron Lore team (Titan Quest) is making Grim Dawn right now, check it out. Also, as mentioned Path of Exile will be a F2P ARPG. They are legitimate competition for Blizzard if enough people know about them. Maybe Blizzard needs some competition to knock them down a peg.

TheGreatmars
TheGreatmars

ppl the game is set for a Q2 2012 release probably april or may.

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

No point writing this article if it doesnt have a release date yet.

emperiox
emperiox

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