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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  • Denebola - Saturday, September 24, 2011 - link

    Before the beta: Hey guys we're just doing some quick testing to test our hardware and software
    After: Nah seriously guys we were just kidding, another 6 month wait.

    Wondered what happened? Don't really care though, the game doesn't interest me and just looking at what they have released (item names, skill calculators, all the screenshots from various beta testers) it feels like Diablocraft 3.

    Many more interesting games coming out that look better.

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