Diablo 3 släpps i början av 2012

2012För ett par timmar sedan uppdaterades den officiella Diablo 3-sidan med nyheten om att releasdatumet för Diablo 3 skjuts fram till början av 2012. Blizzard har gått ut med ett officiellt uttalande via företagets VD, Mike Morhaime.

We commonly use the term “soon” when referring to Blizzard releases, because we know that no matter how hard we’re working to reach a target, we’re not going to compromise and launch a game before it’s ready. For Diablo III, we were aiming to launch by the end of 2011. As we’re announcing globally today, our new target for the game is early 2012.

While this news might not be a complete surprise, I know that many of you were hopeful that Diablo III would ship this year. We were too. However, this week we pulled together people from all of the teams involved with the game to decide whether we felt it would be ready before the end of December, and we grudgingly came to the conclusion that it would not. Ultimately, we feel that to deliver an awesome Diablo sequel that lives up to our expectations and yours as well, we should take a little more time and add further polish to a few different elements of the game.

The upside of today’s announcement is that we will be running the beta test longer than we initially planned, which will allow us to invite more of you who have opted in.

Thank you everyone for your support and anticipation for Diablo III. We’re still moving ahead at full pace, and we’ll be keeping you fully informed of any news and developments here at Diablo3.com, including the specific release date when the time comes, so stay tuned.

-Mike Morhaime

Det positiva med beskedet är att fler betatestare kommer att hinna bli inbjudna till betan. Vad tror ni är den bakomliggande orsaken till den uppskjutna realeasen?