Diablo III release date delayed (again) to Q2 2012

Diablo III is still one of the most anticipated game releases of 2012. Unfortunately, fans of the first two games in Blizzard's fantasy action-RPG series will have to wait a bit longer to get their hands on the third installment. On Thursday, as part of Activision Blizzard's quarterly financial results, the company admitted that the game would now be released sometime in the second quarter of 2012.

In early 2011, Blizzard said they were targeting a release for Diablo III by the end of that year. Then in September, the company admitted the game's release was pushed back to "early 2012". Today's announcement means that Diablo III won't be released until, at the very least, April 1 and possibly as late as June 30.

Blizzard's director for Diablo III, Jay Wilson, hinted strongly at a new delay for the game a few weeks ago when he announced that the development team would be making some rather major design changes to Diablo III. In explaining the reason for the new delay, Blizzard president Mike Morhaime said:

We have implemented changes which will greatly improve the game experience and final release will live up to the highest expectations. We expect launch to be a big opportunity for Blizzard. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Diablo III was first announced way back in June 2008, so it's more than possible that the game could come out exactly four years after it was first revealed.

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Didn't read the article (as i keep up to date with most Diablo III news already).

But judging by the tittle it seems that some Neowin writers are just as stupid as many of the Diablo III forum posters

isnt a bit risky to release the game during summer? I remember the past years where wow servers was almost empty during summer time.

I am, like others, waiting on that game. I've never played diablo 2 but I remember playing D1 back when I was at university

saw this one coming, as soon as the post about a major overhaul in the game was being implemented i knew that another delay was due to happen.
so i might still get an invite for a beta, hoping for it...

Why so much effort and anticipation for a game that will be beaten in a month, all classes, and ultimately forgotten before 2012 is even over? Re-playbility score is a 4 out of 10.

1 point for each class, then it's time to move on.

Activision Blizzard gonna milk the WoW cows as much as they can before releasing Diablo 3. I'm proud to say i'm not one of those cows anymore. Goodbye Blizzard it was fun until you merged with Activision.

LaP said,
Activision Blizzard gonna milk the WoW cows as much as they can before releasing Diablo 3. I'm proud to say i'm not one of those cows anymore. Goodbye Blizzard it was fun until you merged with Activision.

Poor baby, where did the mean old Blizzard touch you, here's a dolly, show me where.

Get your facts straight John. Diablo 3 was never delayed because Blizzard has never released a date. There's a difference between a target date and an actual planned date and Q2 is still early 2012.

Dota aka Warcraft III was still the best game ever made by Blizzard...

sadly there will be no sequel for DOTA II from blizzard... Valve will take over instead..

lomas said,
Dota aka Warcraft III was still the best game ever made by Blizzard...

sadly there will be no sequel for DOTA II from blizzard... Valve will take over instead..

i believe DoTA 1 wasnt made by blizzard, but by a team of people not affiliated with blizzard at all.. thats what i know.. and those people later made LoL

lomas said,
Dota aka Warcraft III was still the best game ever made by Blizzard...

sadly there will be no sequel for DOTA II from blizzard... Valve will take over instead..

Blizzard announced they are going to be making a new DOTA type Battleground in Mists of Pandaria.

DrunkenBeard said,

Blizzard announced they are going to be making a new DOTA type Battleground in Mists of Pandaria.

Bliz DOTA is coming with the SC2 Exp pack, not WOW.

Diablo III is gonna be a piece of garbage - its not even as dark and scary as the previous two games, while Path of Exile will be the new Diablo game... in fact a 100% free one.

Saex_Conroy said,
Diablo III is gonna be a piece of garbage - its not even as dark and scary as the previous two games, while Path of Exile will be the new Diablo game... in fact a 100% free one.

It already, with only basically an hour of gameplay, isn't a piece of garbage. Thanks for playing, though.

episode said,

It already, with only basically an hour of gameplay, isn't a piece of garbage. Thanks for playing, though.

I know right, was never a big Diablo fan, but the Beta is very well done, dark where it needs to be and all the other Diablo goodies thrown in.

To all the people that paid for a year of wow to get D3 free: Haha, suckers! Now they've made enough money they can keep moving the launch back further and further.

And no, there is no "single player mode", but you can play alone online. It is an MMO from every stand point, and just like WoW, you can go into a dungeon or "instance" alone.

As the WoW devs say... It'll either "Be Ready when it's ready" or "Soon ™"

I also believe they are just delaying it because now they have to give out a bunch of free copies to the people who signed up for the WoW annual pass, and are waiting for as many people to "unsubscribe" as possible so they will make some money

WoW has not been this way since Activision and Vivendi merged.

Now WoW is we ship it as soon as we can and we patch it later. Cataclysm was an un-finished product when it shipped.

LaP said,
WoW has not been this way since Activision and Vivendi merged.

Now WoW is we ship it as soon as we can and we patch it later. Cataclysm was an un-finished product when it shipped.

You obviously didn't play Cataclysm to make an ignorant comment like that, the game aside from a few MINOR bugs was complete and playable from the get go.

z0phi3l said,

You obviously didn't play Cataclysm to make an ignorant comment like that, the game aside from a few MINOR bugs was complete and playable from the get go.

I did play Cataclysm a lot.

My main was Granule up to Fireland then i switched to my rogue Grillepain for the legendary and then cancelled my account cause DS is one of the worst raid in the game ever and cataclysm the worst xpac by far.

Cataclysm can be summed in one word. Rehash.

It's an unpolished and unfinished product. Hunter has been a broken class the whole xpac. Paladin not any better.

It was playable if you did not expect Blizzard usual quality. For a Blizzard game Cataclysm was awful.

Xerino said,
As the WoW devs say... It'll either "Be Ready when it's ready" or "Soon ™"

I also believe they are just delaying it because now they have to give out a bunch of free copies to the people who signed up for the WoW annual pass, and are waiting for as many people to "unsubscribe" as possible so they will make some money

I don't think anybody paid for the WoW year in advanced to get D3. I think you just sign up for the program, get your free copy of D3, and if you cancel before your full year then you will be billed for D3.

LaP said,

I did play Cataclysm a lot.

My main was Granule up to Fireland then i switched to my rogue Grillepain for the legendary and then cancelled my account cause DS is one of the worst raid in the game ever and cataclysm the worst xpac by far.

Cataclysm can be summed in one word. Rehash.

It's an unpolished and unfinished product. Hunter has been a broken class the whole xpac. Paladin not any better.

It was playable if you did not expect Blizzard usual quality. For a Blizzard game Cataclysm was awful.

Opinions are fun! I've played WoW since Vanilla and the game is far better now then it's ever been. My only complaint is that the sense of server community has all but vanished, but that's because all of the cross-realm services are a double-edged sword; incredibly positive, but not without their side effects.

personally i am looking forward to the single player as i never really cared much for the multiplayer in the past games.

i just hope the system requirements are not steep as i hope it can run on my 2.4ghz dual core AMD Athlon CPU. i am not really worried about my graphics card though as i am sure that will be within the minimum.

p.s. Diablo II was the last RPG game i liked quite a bit and that was about 12 years ago.

ThaCrip said,
personally i am looking forward to the single player as i never really cared much for the multiplayer in the past games.

i just hope the system requirements are not steep as i hope it can run on my 2.4ghz dual core AMD Athlon CPU. i am not really worried about my graphics card though as i am sure that will be within the minimum.

p.s. Diablo II was the last RPG game i liked quite a bit and that was about 12 years ago.

There is unfortunately no single player in this one but you can still play alone on the multiplayer.

Daniel_Pooh said,

There is unfortunately no single player in this one but you can still play alone on the multiplayer.

really? , i never knew that since the last two games had single player. well there is no reason to pay any attention to this game now.

thanks for the info.

p.s. looks like only game i am looking forward to this year, assuming my PC can even run it which i am not sure if it can, is... Hitman Absolution (i.e. Hitman 5)

Daniel_Pooh said,

There is unfortunately no single player in this one but you can still play alone on the multiplayer.

I played the beta recently and it's definitely got a single player. The only problem is that the game is online only.

kaotic said,

I played the beta recently and it's definitely got a single player. The only problem is that the game is online only.

so in other words... IT DOES HAVE single player? (i assume the online only is because it's a beta where as the final version will be just like the previous games?)

Daniel_Pooh said,

There is unfortunately no single player in this one but you can still play alone on the multiplayer.

Ummm ... I thought there was a single player mode, only an internet connection was required to play it (to prevent piracy).

ThaCrip said,

really? , i never knew that since the last two games had single player. well there is no reason to pay any attention to this game now.

thanks for the info.

p.s. looks like only game i am looking forward to this year, assuming my PC can even run it which i am not sure if it can, is... Hitman Absolution (i.e. Hitman 5)


?

Diablo II had single player mode, but that was also just a solitary multiplayer session. It didn't require an Internet connection while this one does, so that's a difference, but only a technical one. The Diablo games have never presented a deeper or different storyline just because you play alone.

There's absolutely no difference as for gameplay. You go through acts in the game and kill monsters, and occasionally read what the townsfolk have to say. Then go out and kill more monsters, and collect more items. Playing alone or in a party. The difficulty level is adapted to the number of players in the session, regardless if that would be 1 player, 2, or 4.

Northgrove said,

?

Diablo II had single player mode, but that was also just a solitary multiplayer session. It didn't require an Internet connection while this one does, so that's a difference, but only a technical one. The Diablo games have never presented a deeper or different storyline just because you play alone.

There's absolutely no difference as for gameplay. You go through acts in the game and kill monsters, and occasionally read what the townsfolk have to say. Then go out and kill more monsters, and collect more items. Playing alone or in a party. The difficulty level is adapted to the number of players in the session, regardless if that would be 1 player, 2, or 4.

i know Diablo 1/2 have single player it's THE reason i want to play Diablo 3. but the beta testers are saying it requires a online connection to play the single player, right?

is that just a beta thing?, as the Diablo and Diablo II you could play completely offline with it's single player which is what i want to do with Diablo III.

but i am sure if the game requires a connection to the internet to even play single player that will be removed by 'others' to get it like the first couple of games where you could just install it and play it completely offline

ThaCrip said,

i know Diablo 1/2 have single player it's THE reason i want to play Diablo 3. but the beta testers are saying it requires a online connection to play the single player, right?

is that just a beta thing?, as the Diablo and Diablo II you could play completely offline with it's single player which is what i want to do with Diablo III.

but i am sure if the game requires a connection to the internet to even play single player that will be removed by 'others' to get it like the first couple of games where you could just install it and play it completely offline

It does require a connection to the internet and always will. It might take a while for the game to be cracked the way you're talking because your characters are saved server side, the level randomness is parsed server side and the items that drop are parsed by the servers, for your instance of the game, regardless if someones with you (they wont see your loot and vice versa). SO someone would have to emulate a lot, and it'll take a while.

spedanden said,

It does require a connection to the internet and always will. It might take a while for the game to be cracked the way you're talking because your characters are saved server side, the level randomness is parsed server side and the items that drop are parsed by the servers, for your instance of the game, regardless if someones with you (they wont see your loot and vice versa). SO someone would have to emulate a lot, and it'll take a while.

i see... so even if the game is cracked your saying the game WILL NOT save your 'save data' locally no matter what?

that sucks.

Lot of confusion here.
In D1/D2 there is a single player mode. You can click a button to launch a locally stored character and play that character without an internet connection.
In D3, there is no, and never will be, such a mode. All play is online on battle.net.
HOWEVER, you can create a game on battle.net and your settings such that all your games are password protected and no one else can join, in effect making it single player. Only differences are that you cannot modify your character to give him 50 million hp like you could in D1/D2, and you have to be connected to battle.net at all times.

spedanden said,

It does require a connection to the internet and always will. It might take a while for the game to be cracked the way you're talking because your characters are saved server side, the level randomness is parsed server side and the items that drop are parsed by the servers, for your instance of the game, regardless if someones with you (they wont see your loot and vice versa). SO someone would have to emulate a lot, and it'll take a while.


The retarded thing about requiring an internet connection is that it will not stop piracy in the least. All it does is make legitimate players have less options. Really a stupid move on Blizzard's part.

nubraham said,

The retarded thing about requiring an internet connection is that it will not stop piracy in the least. All it does is make legitimate players have less options. Really a stupid move on Blizzard's part.

Why wouldn't it stop piracy ? I don't think you understand what they're doing with the internet connection. It's a model similar to WoW and SC (Battle.net). The only way to bypass Battle.net is creating your own server, and that generally takes a lot of time.

Northgrove said,

The Diablo games have never presented a deeper or different storyline just because you play alone.

There's absolutely no difference as for gameplay.

Looks like you never played Diablo 1.

Sure, it wasn't major, but it was still a bit different.

I hope this means they invite more people to participate in the beta. They recently sent out 100,000 invites and, of course, that isn't enough invites for everyone. It's shaping up to be a great game so I trust Blizzard will live up to their reputation. They're known for releasing solid games despite taking a little while longer than most developers.

I wouldn't call it delayed really. They never said that it WILL be out in Q1. Was merely guesstimates, nothing official.