Holding true to their design ethos of Ship It When It’s Ready, Blizzard just changed the launch window for Diablo III from the end of 2011 to 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,” stated Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaine. “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.”

The delay’s silver lining is the extension of Diablo III’s beta period. Blizzard began sending out invites to the closed beta earlier this week, and this could give them time to add even more players. You can still opt-in to the beta over at Battle.net.

Blizzard’s 2012 calendar is now looking packed with Diablo III, the next chapter in Starcraft II, and another World of Warcraft expansion all tentatively scheduled for release. A busy year for a company that only ships when ready.

Source: Blizzard

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  • CloudFire - Saturday, September 24, 2011 - link

    ^ LOL yea seriously. Reply
  • FITCamaro - Friday, September 23, 2011 - link

    Gives me more time to play everything else coming out this holiday season. Reply
  • B3an - Friday, September 23, 2011 - link

    They just have 2 people working on this game. 1 programmer, 1 graphics artist. And they work on the sound when either can be bothered. True story. Reply
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  • Fenixgoon - Saturday, September 24, 2011 - link

    best post in this "thread" :D Reply
  • bennyg - Saturday, September 24, 2011 - link

    you obviously didn't use "diablo clicker" which turns it into

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  • phantom505 - Monday, September 26, 2011 - link

    You're making me all nostalgic... "****ing pieces of sh**!" Reply
  • V-Money - Friday, September 23, 2011 - link

    I am glad that they usually release their games when they are actually mostly finished and playable (unlike Fallout, Fallout:NV which were both plagued with bugs) but am I the only one who waited forever for SC:2, just to be disappointed when they split it into a trilogy because I am still waiting for 2/3 of the game. Reply
  • tayb - Friday, September 23, 2011 - link

    This doesn't sound like a delay because of bugs it sounds like a delay because of much deeper gameplay problems. They started the beta in September for a game they thought was ready to launch in December which meant they would have been done with development by at least November. You don't typically launch a game beta 7+ months before the game is released.

    Feedback must have been poor and it must have been worse than "there is a bug here" type of feedback.
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