Blizzard will not compromise for early release

Mike Morhaime, co-founder and CEO of Blizzard Entertainment bucked the trend in today’s Activision Blizzard earnings call. While it seems every other developer was mentioning firm release windows for their games or announcements, Morhaime stood firm when questioned over a date for Diablo III.

“We will not compromise the quality of the game in order to hit a window.”

While he’s remaining tight-lipped over the game’s final release (actually it seems that he simply isn’t sure when the game will be ready), Morhaime has given us something to look forward to – a public beta for Diablo III, which will hopefully hit Mac and PC between July and September this year (that’s before BlizzCon, potentially ruling out another Big Announcement for the Anaheim event).

Deckard Cain from Diablo 3

He knows exactly when you'll be back

A spokesperson quickly reminded us that these dates are not set in stone:

“Please keep in mind that it’s our current goal, and of course that can change as development continues.”

Morhaime explained further:

“We began internal company-wide testing last week. The game is looking great and we are currently targeting a Q3 launch for external beta testing.”

He also hinted that the dev team has a 2011 release date in mind for D3, but this is far from being finalised. He says that – at this stage – there is no official release date or window for the game.

Activision Blizzard CFO Thomas Tippl also stated that he “didn’t expect” a game from Blizzard in 2011, but suggested there would be “at least” two releases from the developer next year.

So – at this stage – it looks like we probably will be able to revisit Sanctuary in one form or another before 2012, but I still wouldn’t hold my breath.

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