Tug-of war for Diablo 3 release date

Over the last week we’ve seen quite the Tug-of war for a Diablo 3 release date. It’s obvious rumors will begin to increase now and over the next month or two as we draw ever closer to the proposed Q1 release. However, let’s not forget just how long fans have been waiting for this, as the game was first announced back in 2008, so a little short of 4 years.

If that was bad enough, the previous version was released way back in 2000, so this has certainly been a long time coming. Just another month or so isn’t long to wait, as we want Blizzard to get things right, and we sure they will.

Just a week ago there was a leaked release date for Diablo III, which suggested the game would be released on February 1st. This is what Joystiq had reported from what they had learned from best Buy. They also reported of the UK version coming just two days later, but there were concerns over the legitimacy of the rumor.

On the same day Micah Whiple, Blizzard’s community manager said the retailers who have been suggesting a February 1st release for the new Diablo game are incorrect. However, he did suggest in an article here that there was no way of stopping these retailers from coming up with these so-called release dates.

In the same week we learned the developer had plans for a console version of Diablo III, which as you would expect got a mixed reaction from fans. While those who own an Xbox 360 and PS3 loved the idea, those with a PC believe the game would not make a good transition for various reasons, which can be seen on some of our comments from our recent article.

There have been other reports saying that there is no official release date, also no confirmation of a console version. However, we do know Blizzard is considering it, but that’s as far as it has gone – to our knowledge anyway.

We also learned Korea had finally given Diablo III its rating, which is the final hurdle, so maybe we will soon have a firm release date? No matter what other websites suggest on this, we will have to wait until an official press release to show us the real date, which cannot be long now.

 
  • Thorsen716

    “which cannot be long now” 

    I’ve been saying that since 2001. 

  • D3-PLS-COME

    When is this game gonna come…I’m going mad!!!

  • Djavolak

    relese date 31.12.2012

    • donkeytron

      wrong – only 12 months in a year, not 31

      • Wag

        Please be trolling

        • Tribaldaniecox

          Outside of North America we say 31/12/XX,
          31st of December etc

        • what

          some countries put the date before the month. Aka Canada

      • Smithy

        LOL — if you’re not trolling then the air you breath is wasted on you.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OMV57FWWTGH7U5AOUFWWWDYC4E Azrule

    the last game which blizzard launch in Q1 was starcraft. sc:brood wars onwards it has been either late q2 or early q3.. So most probly it either June if not July for Diablo3.

    • Streetracer61909

      One more round of beta and polishing won’t take 6 months i don’t know how you think it would take that long. Blizzard will announce within the next 2 to 3 weeks should be out by end of april

  • Drachma

    Release date update…….. March 1st 2112

  • Travrick

    I could see the offical trailer with release date as a super bowl commercial. Release will be 2 – 4 weeks after that.

  • Ravingdave20

    It was first announced 2001 not 2008, so 11 years not 4, hence the frustration, but hey it’s a Blizzard game, we all know it will be worth the wait.

    • Streetracer61909

      Wrong it was thought of in 2001 never started. Announce 2008 is when the game started to be created

      • Guest

        Wrong again.. Development WAS announced in 2001. 

        • Testing

          Wrong Wrong. It was annoucned before Diablo 2 & Diablo!! 1952

          • Al Pupkin

            Wrong Wrong Wrong
            Jules Verne predicted it in his book “The Future Games” in 1899!!!

          • HorseTheKing

            lol, you guys are so cute.

          • uolen

            Wrong Wrong Wrong Wrong.
            They all have warts covering there body’s.

          • Grammerpolice

            *their

          • Grammerpolice

            *bodies

          • SpellingPolice

            Grammar

    • M Mccallister86

      I have been waiting since 2000 when D2 came out. I don’t know if u remember it but blizzard north said they would be releasing a Diablo 3 game by 2005 or so…. that makes 12 years i have waited if this game, and if it dose not come out by march of this year I’m going to be very very unhappy. I have already bought the collectors edition and will be pissed beyond belief if they make me wait any more time beyond March. After spending $118, i feel that some guaranty is in order, and with out this I will make certain that no one from that company makes it to May with a job.

  • Marshallosu

    Its a release date! I don’t care if its next year just tell us something. Its the not knowing that is frustrating. They keep this up I’m going to say screw it and go find something else.

    • http://profiles.google.com/mahonym Matt Mahony

      Doubt it.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone who thinks D3 is going to come out soon is going to be really disappointed, because they just started the South Korea beta testing.  That game will probably come out this summer if we’re lucky.

    • Killzone9394

      not going to be summer wtf, MoP comes out in the summer, they wouldnt release it the same time, they said EARLY 2012, its gunna probly be in late february or march

    • uolen

       They game is finished. Beta test is lawl. Its more like hey check this out, you want more?
       They will obviously have to make alterations to the South Korean version and find a model they will be proud to put out since they basically made them change they’re game. Long sentence. GIVE ME DIABLO TREE. 

      • M Mccallister86

        I have been waiting since 2000 when D2 came out. I don’t know if u
        remember it but blizzard north said they would be releasing a Diablo 3
        game by 2005 or so…. that makes 12 years i have waited if this game,
        and if it dose not come out by march of this year I’m going to be very
        very unhappy. I have already bought the collectors edition and will be
        pissed beyond belief if they make me wait any more time beyond March.
        After spending $118, i feel that some guaranty is in order, and with out
        this I will make certain that no one from that company makes it to May
        with a job.

        • http://profiles.google.com/mahonym Matt Mahony

          Maybe you should have taken some English and/or grammar classes instead of sitting at your computer waiting for 12 years, as you clearly have been. Think of all of the things you could have accomplished in those 12 years, such as, showering for example. And if you think that you are going to get anyone fired at Blizzard because you purchased a “Collectors Edition” and you don’t have a guaranteed release date, maybe sitting at your computer for 12 years and waiting actually IS as far as you can go in life.

          • troll hater

            hey troll, go find a bridge to live under.

          • troll hater hater

            Hey troll hater, go find a bridge from which to hang yourself.

          • Fake

            You should all find a way to end your lives simultaneously. Although not very intelligently, Matt had a point to make…..noone at blizzard will lose their job over the lack of a release date….Troll hater, stop trolling for trolls, troll hater hater, stop being a troll.

    • EXPECTED DATE

      IF anything, expect it in March 2013

  • No

    Blizzard is pissing me off…..just sayin’. They’re confirming details for other games and close to confirming a console release of D3, but still can’t give us a release date.

  • Temesh

    My friend called blizzard, after an hour on the phone the guy told him FEB 3rd.

    • blah

      my dog asked my neighbors dog, to ask his owner to ask his nephew who works at blizzard and he said…..

  • http://profiles.google.com/mahonym Matt Mahony

    Release date: 12/12/2012…it will cause the end of the world.

    • Sdfaj

      Its 12/21/2012…

  • Bennym

    Preorder this item today and it should ship on 03/31/2012 per Wal-Mart

    • DONT PREORDER

      DO NOT PREORDER, Diablo 3 can still hold back the game, and if you preorder you might get a bonus item of which at the time might have been great, but in the actual release will be useless… Not only that, the preorder of the actual date might have its own bonus which you will not be a part of. Therefore, wait for release date

  • bobby boucher

    How much you guys think this sh it game is gonna cost us 50? 60? 75?

  • TLowe

    Yeah I’m guessing this summer will the most probably time… probably July

  • TLowe

    Probable** 

  • St. Nicholas

    Dear Blizzard. Release the game within 2 weeks Or I will fill a cement truck with
    Pentaerythritol tetranitrate, ram it up all of your asses and celebrate the 4th of July early. HOHOHO Getting naughty on your jolly asses. Big nick out!

  • Iamasuperninja

    My guess is sometime in march. Even if it does not come out until June I’ll be fine cuz I got skyrim lol