Today yet another store was reported to have speculated on release date of Diablo 3. This time it is not an online store page indicating a specific shipping date but instead a full size in store poster from now other than the electronics giant, Best Buy.
While we assume that this is just more speculation and assumption on the part of Best Buy, we have to wonder what information does the corporation have that leads them to this decision to place this poster so prominently.
After Yesterday’s storm of tirades and upset fans after hearing about Korea’s lack of a final rating for Diablo III one might have expected a press release, a statement or something from Blizzard officials. Fans are obviously crazed and eager to get their hand on this next installment of the popular Diablo saga. So instead of a more formalized reply all fans were left with was a single tweet from the game’s director, Jay Wilson:
“Asia is not what’s holding us back. You’ll see soon enough” More…
In Korea the Game Rating Board was expected to meet to decide the fate of Diablo III. Many fans eagerly awaited the decision of the board hoping that this might just be the last bit of red tape holding up the long anticipated Diablo II sequel.
“Committee members are conflicted about what to do with Diablo 3,” a board spokesman said, “because of Blizzard’s information on the game’s ‘auction house’ feature.” More…
As many already know there had been an announcement for “a little something fun” by community manager Bashiok on his Twitter account. And many eagerly anticipated the announcement of Diablo III’s release date. Now that would have been a real nice treat wouldn’t it. Of course I’ve read the actual tweet and it give me no impression that there was ever planned to be a simultaneous celebration of Diablo’s 15-year anniversary coupled with the release date’s reveal. More…
One of the greatest franchises in gaming history is due to be released soon and every fan is eager to get a peek at the newest edition of the Diablo Saga. Today Blizzard has released the opening cinematic for the game.
Unsurprisingly, the cinematic features a haggard and old Deckard Cain who himself begins the narrative. The old man has seen the signs of the next great demon threat and scrawls desperately in his book inside a dilapidated cathedral. It has been 20 years now since the events of Diablo II and the years have not been kind to poor Deckard.
Nearby, his niece, Leah attempts to tend to the man who shrugs her off. He cites the need for the word to be spread and for the people of Sanctuary to stand ready for the coming troubles. The pair are interrupted by the approach of a deadly flaming comet which strikes the building. Asthey begin to run Deckard is seen to have been hit by the comet driving him into a fiery hole. His niece cries after him.
This is the cinematic as seen premiered on Spike TV‘s Video Game Awards:
Blizzard has been hounded and stalked by by fans many asking the same question: When will Diablo III be released? This year’s BlizzCon was abuzz and many excitedly awaited the announcement.
It never came.
Of course there still exists the rumor. We first found this rumor while perusing GameFront‘s blog. It is touted by many as officially heard that Diablo III’s release is set for January 17th 2012. This is of course a rumor at best until confirmed but it does serve to give hope to those who have waited many long years for its arrival.
According to the article, there is some amazingly accurate information regarding Blizzard’s talking points at BlizzCon this year with only the exception of the Diablo III release. There is some conjecture about the authenticity as the imgur.com timestamp reveals the image as uploaded two months ago, while the image itself contains a “sent” date of August 17th.
Blizzard first announced the game’s development in 2008 and has since made little in the way overtures as to the official Diablo III release. For many the wait has become excruciatingly long and drawn out. We hope this means a great game.
We do know for certain that they plan to release in early 2012 and that in itself makes this information a curiosity to be reviewed an we shall wait and see what come of the year to come.
The speculation on the actual release date for Diablo III continues to mount and many are widely disappointed at the delay. Still to it’s credit, Blizzard has had an amazing ability in the past to meet it’s scheduled release dates. In their announcement today the company alludes to a continued need for further development on this most awaited game. Diablo III is long awaited and widely sought after by gamers like us so the extra diligence on the part of Blizzard and the added patience by Diablo gamers will mean a much more enjoyable experience for all of us.
The CEO of the company, Mike Morhaime said:
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. 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
Today’s announcement of the “early 2012″ Diablo3 release is a refreshing sight. Many gamers have awaited the release for years and now to know that only a few short months remain is most welcome. Now let the Vegas odds makers and gamblers fight over the actual date!
Blizzard recently announced that in addition to a powerful market allowing players to safely trade their in-game possessions for in game gold, players can opt for a real cash payout. That’s right real money trading is going to be legal and sanctioned in Diablo3 (not to mention taxed). More…
According to Kaputik.com, “associates working on a Diablo 3 game design” have revealed to to them the beta test and final version release date of the much anticipated Diablo 3. While this is very much still a rumor as it has not and cannot be confirmed by any more reliable source, it si still worth the mention of it.
The supposed online beta multiplayer trial version is set for September 11th, 2009 with a final version available for Christmas this year (Dec 24th).
It seems that game of the caliber needed to sequel the now famed Diablo II is a bit rushed. Having only been announced the year before and not even a full year at the time of this posting. It is highly unlikely that Blizzard will have a decent working version of the game in such a short time.
The article goes on to state probable system requirements. These requirements for Diablo 3 were given as follows:
Operating System: Windows XP/ Vista
Processor: 1.4GHz or higher CPU.
RAM: 1Gb or more.
Video: 128Mb video card Dx9
Hard Drive Space: 4-8GB
Operating System: MacOS X 10.3 (Panther) or better.
Processor:1.6GHz or higher.
RAM: 1Gb or higher, DDR RAM recommended.
Video: 128mb ATI or NVIDIA video card
Hard Drive Space: 4-8 GB
There has not been an official response from Blizzard at this time. However one can hope for a quick response and swift quelling to this rumor if untrue. Here’s to hoping!