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Blizzard: No Diablo 3 in 2010

Blizzard: No Diablo 3 in 2010

Blizzard has confirmed that Diablo 3 will not be out before StarCraft 2 and will not see a 2010 release.

Further demolishing the expectations and hopes of Diablo fans worldwide, Blizzard has stated that Diablo 3 will not be out before StarCraft 2.

In fact, according to Blizzard's Rob Pardo, Diablo 3 definitely won't see a release at all next year - confirming rumours that a 2010 release date for Diablo 3 is out of the question.

"We always announce all of our games too early," Pardo said to TechLand. "I think it's safe to say that, yeah, [Diablo 3] is not going to be out next year."

Fans had originally hoped that Diablo 3 would be released before the spread-out release of StarCraft 2, the first instalment of which has been delayed until 2010.

Pardo goes on to say that the delays aren't due to a lack of resources, but due to Blizzard's deliberate approach to game design that means games are approached iteratively and with completely separate design teams.

"Now when we announce [a game] we just go; 'Here's the game we're working on, we're going to start talking about it and who knows when it ships,'" added Pardo.

Still, at least we've all got Torchlight to play in the mean time, right? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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liratheal 23rd November 2009, 13:02 Quote
..Diablo 2's out, guys :b
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Originally Posted by Article
Fans had originally hoped that Diablo 2 would be released before the spread-out release of StarCraft 2, the first instalment of which has been delayed until 2010.
[PUNK] crompers 23rd November 2009, 13:31 Quote
jeez by the time this comes out its going to look like a two year old game. having looked at current gameplay vids it looks pretty but not exactly ground breaking, imagine what its going to look like in 2011?!!
Bede 23rd November 2009, 13:36 Quote
Diablo 2 still has one of the greatest art styles and gfx of a game ever, despite the isometric view and low resolutions. This isn't to say I'm disagreeing with you, because I think d3's art style is incredibly unimaginative and as such will age very badly, but we should be careful about focusing on shiny gfx over gameplay and imagination.
[PUNK] crompers 23rd November 2009, 14:08 Quote
couldnt agree more, but this is a AAA big budget title, people are right to expect a certain amount of polish.

in 2011 we shouldn't be looking at a game where you can count the poly's on someone's face, or cylindrical weapons are looking hexagonal. come on guys this isn't even getting released on consoles, push the bar at least a little!
wafflesomd 23rd November 2009, 14:43 Quote
This is going to look like an N64 game in 2011.
Denis_iii 23rd November 2009, 14:54 Quote
2011? argh, i wish they hadn't mentioned starcraft 2 and diablo 3 until 6 months before release...well at least I have torchlight atm
adam_bagpuss 23rd November 2009, 15:00 Quote
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Diablo II is opne of my fav games of all time. bring it out now dammit.

guess D2 old school across LAN will have to do and torchlight will tie my over until then.
antiHero 23rd November 2009, 15:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by adam_bagpuss
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

I hear you. Cant wait anymore for D3. And as other sad Torchlight helps to pass the time until then
Orionche 23rd November 2009, 15:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by crompers
jeez by the time this comes out its going to look like a two year old game. having looked at current gameplay vids it looks pretty but not exactly ground breaking, imagine what its going to look like in 2011?!!

Its gonna look beautiful.

Ya know what made D2 so popular? Any idiot could run it, even on really old PCs with 1mb of integrated graphics. ;) All my friends played it at one point. In 2011 you'll be able to run this thing with everything on high on most gaming rigs out there, even the shitty 4-5 year old ones.

They're making it for people who wanna play it, not run benchmarks for their GPUs.
banshee256 23rd November 2009, 16:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Orionche
Its gonna look beautiful.

Ya know what made D2 so popular? Any idiot could run it, even on really old PCs with 1mb of integrated graphics. ;) All my friends played it at one point. In 2011 you'll be able to run this thing with everything on high on most gaming rigs out there, even the shitty 4-5 year old ones.

They're making it for people who wanna play it, not run benchmarks for their GPUs.

Amen to that, brother, amen to that. I worked with StarCraft, Diablo 2 and World of WarCraft. It'll work for Diablo 3.
yakyb 23rd November 2009, 16:17 Quote
honestly this is fine by me we have dragon age to hold us by for a little bit then i may just get torchlight if dragon age starts to bore me

i just hope blizzard get it right as opposed to release it not ready
Mentai 23rd November 2009, 16:57 Quote
I don't understand how there were rumors that it would be coming out next year, especially given the delays that starcraft 2 has had. That was announced what, 2 years before diablo 3 was? Anyway, I see Diablo 3 coming out first half of 2012, after all the starcraft 2 eps have been released, and with the Christmas 2011 date missed (again like Starcraft 2).
NuTech 23rd November 2009, 17:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mentai
I don't understand how there were rumors that it would be coming out next year, especially given the delays that starcraft 2 has had. That was announced what, 2 years before diablo 3 was? Anyway, I see Diablo 3 coming out first half of 2012, after all the starcraft 2 eps have been released, and with the Christmas 2011 date missed (again like Starcraft 2).
I don't think there was any rumours, this is effectively non-news and I don't know why it's even being reported.

Blizzard said very clearly many times in interviews earlier this year "Diablo 3 is not a 2010 game".

If anything there are rumours Diablo will be out even later than expected.
HourBeforeDawn 23rd November 2009, 17:55 Quote
ehh I have waited this long, whats a little bit longer lol
Blademrk 23rd November 2009, 17:59 Quote
[quote=NuTech;2155280]I don't think there was any rumours...[quote]

The rumours got spread because a lot of web based shops had it listed with a 2010 release date (something about needing a date in order to list it for pre-orders).

A lot of people take this release date as fact, even though more often than not it's simply just a random date.
Star*Dagger 23rd November 2009, 18:23 Quote
Diablo 2 was the high point of the genre Blizzard invented, we are all looking forward to that level of quality and excellence again. I have no problem waiting, just make it great!

Yours in Demonic Plasma,
Star¤Dagger

P.S. At least Blizzard found a good use for that Xian mythology!
[PUNK] crompers 23rd November 2009, 18:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Orionche
Its gonna look beautiful.

Ya know what made D2 so popular? Any idiot could run it, even on really old PCs with 1mb of integrated graphics. ;) All my friends played it at one point. In 2011 you'll be able to run this thing with everything on high on most gaming rigs out there, even the shitty 4-5 year old ones.

They're making it for people who wanna play it, not run benchmarks for their GPUs.

thats fine and dandy but we're living in a different time now, many people dont even know pc gaming exists to any great level and those that do game on a pc generally have a graphics card. i mean WoW has low requirements but you're gonna need a graphics card even if its a 7300GT or whatever. when D2 came out pc gaming was riding high and gamers in general had more knowledge about pc games (imo)

dont get me wrong i played D2 to death, i fully understand what you mean and i remember a time myself when most of my friends were on battle.net. i just think we're talking about a different ball game nowadays

and in terms of gameplay > graphics i also agree. but at the end of the day i've played elite, the graphics were great for the time but i dont wanna go play another space sim with similar graphics in 2011, thats just a fact of the industry, its part of what drives the industry forwards.
metarinka 23rd November 2009, 18:39 Quote
blizz can only get away with this because they repeatedly produce high caliber games, but they have near 0 motivation to release product in a timely manner.

I would be curious to see what their development time is in relation to other games studios. It seems like they take twice as long.
ffjason 23rd November 2009, 18:48 Quote
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It seems like they take twice as long.
and produce 10 times better games because of that.
NuTech 23rd November 2009, 19:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by metarinka
blizz can only get away with this because they repeatedly produce high caliber games, but they have near 0 motivation to release product in a timely manner.

I would be curious to see what their development time is in relation to other games studios. It seems like they take twice as long.
If you take the average development time as 2 years, then yes, double seems about right. Probably even longer if you take into account all the pre-production work and inevitable false starts.

Blizzard get a lot of abuse in regards to their long development cycle, but I would be willing to bet 99% of other studios would do the exact same thing if they could.

They take as long as they like because they can, who can really tell Blizzard to 'hurry up'? They effectively bought their last publisher (well, merged..).

If I had to speculate, I would even say their 'announce early, release late' is deliberate to help sales - it turns Blizzard releases into 'events' similar GTA/Halo etc. Fact is, RTS and dungeon crawlers aren't exactly genres which attract massive mainstream sales, but Blizzard's trickle of information (which is naturally followed by press attention) leads to more people who aren't currently fans starting to pay attention.
Ola.l 23rd November 2009, 19:14 Quote
Well long time to produce doesn't always mean high quality, just look at Too Human. 11 years in production and it was really flawed and lacked many things. I wasted about 100hours in it just because I am a perfectionist, but that doesn't mean that I didn't suffer :)

Anyways Blizzard has almost without fault produced high quality games, feels like their entire franchise is built around that thought. So they can't really "afford" to make a shiet game in that aspect.
Also they don't want to draw consumers from either product, hence Blizzard selling them on entirely different years. Smart move considering the amounts of cash they've put into the development (no I have no idea how much)
Omnituens 23rd November 2009, 19:39 Quote
That's quite a treasure you have there in that Horadric Cube.
Ficky Pucker 23rd November 2009, 20:32 Quote
:( was looking forward to this game :(

we might get Half-Life EP3 by then...
LordPyrinc 23rd November 2009, 23:42 Quote
I am very disappointed with this announcement.

In the meantime, might I suggest some of you trying Titan Quest and its expansion Immortal Throne? Compared to D2 the graphics are simply stunning. The gameplay is just as good and you can actually dual class your characters. I will say that I do not play it online in multiplayer, but its single player game is great. Additionally its been out for a few years now so you should be able to pick up copy fairly cheap.
dark_avenger 23rd November 2009, 23:49 Quote
well that puts all the conspiracy theory's to bed then doesn't it :P
ChromeX 24th November 2009, 02:24 Quote
If its not gonna be out till 2011, then hows about they at least release the 1.13 patch they promised us IN JUNE!! And a ladder reset?
perplekks45 24th November 2009, 08:52 Quote
Makes me a sad puppy...
labr@t 24th November 2009, 16:40 Quote
its being released on iphone as main platform
Orionche 24th November 2009, 16:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by crompers
thats fine and dandy but we're living in a different time now, many people dont even know pc gaming exists to any great level and those that do game on a pc generally have a graphics card. i mean WoW has low requirements but you're gonna need a graphics card even if its a 7300GT or whatever. when D2 came out pc gaming was riding high and gamers in general had more knowledge about pc games (imo)

dont get me wrong i played D2 to death, i fully understand what you mean and i remember a time myself when most of my friends were on battle.net. i just think we're talking about a different ball game nowadays

and in terms of gameplay > graphics i also agree. but at the end of the day i've played elite, the graphics were great for the time but i dont wanna go play another space sim with similar graphics in 2011, thats just a fact of the industry, its part of what drives the industry forwards.
If you're afraid the game will look like crap, I seriously doubt that. :) IMO, it makes more sense to me to publish a game that doesn't use all the newest tech as it limits their customer base. If they're gonna make a console port, then to hell with it... :) I mean, either way, they win. People will buy it anyway.
Star*Dagger 25th November 2009, 00:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by ChromeX
If its not gonna be out till 2011, then hows about they at least release the 1.13 patch they promised us IN JUNE!! And a ladder reset?

Please tell me you are NOT asking for a Patch for Diablo 2, please tell me that!
cowtc 11th February 2010, 15:39 Quote
Diablo 2 is my all time favourite game I've played. Currently playing Borderlands on the PS3 and this reminding me very much of D2 except for its a FPS rather hack n slash
Timzo 22nd February 2010, 10:32 Quote
I will say this. I won't be buying this game whenever it comes out if there is a better game out by that time.

They can release this game now and still a lot of people will be able to play it. They can play it at low resolution and put it at medium details at least if they run it with Physx. These companies always scale their games according to the market.
I was able to get Mass Effect 2 running on a 8600m gt by running it at 1 resolution lower and still have some details on.

Ofcourse, I run the game on my high-end gaming PC but goes to show you that you can still play these games.

Well, the game will still probably be a good sell because even if people don't buy it right away, they might after they've played the other games.
Blizzard sure likes to take their time. Why does it take so long to polish these games? Are they waiting for input?
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