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.

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[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."

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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.
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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