Fans of Blizzard who have been eagerly anticipating the release of Diablo III will be disappointed to find out that the game will be delayed until early 2012. According to a press release on the company’s website, it was announced that the game would only see a release in the early part of 2012.
“With every game we make, the temptation is always very strong to launch as soon as possible. However, we didn’t put so many years of work into Diablo III to release a game that was almost ready,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “The beta test is going very well, and we look forward to making the most of the extra time we’re taking to deliver an experience that lives up to our vision for the game and the expectations of our players. Next year is going to be an incredibly busy one for Blizzard, and we hope an incredibly fun one for Blizzard gamers.”
Unfortunately no word was given as to why the game has been delayed. Some are saying that it was due to the many bugs and flaws that were exposed during the beta, and the major revamp of the Demon Hunter class that may have contributed to the game being pushed back. The closed beta which started a few days ago will also be extended with more testers being added.
While we’re sure many fans and players will be disappointed, we’ll have to echo Mike Morhaime’s sentiments about not releasing a game that has met the quality and standards of Blizzard. Given how it’s been 11 years since Diablo II has been released, what’s a few more months of waiting, right?