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Blizzard is still gunning for a 2011 launch for its highly anticipated top-down action RPG, Diablo III, but it won't commit to an official release date until fans get ahold of the game and pick it apart in the upcoming beta -- a test run that could kick off any day now.

In Activision-Blizzard's quarterly report, Diablo III does not appear in the publisher's list of games set for release in 2011. Blizzard president and co-founder Mike Morhaime clarified in the company's conference call that the studio is still hoping to launch the game this year, and beta testers will play a big role in whether or not that happens.


"Diablo 3 is still on track to go into external beta testing later this quarter," Morhaime said. "We are very much looking forward to getting the beta into the hands of our players and collecting their feedback for the final phase of development."
Also, this was interesting:

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GameSpy Guy says: The big thing that could cause a few launch delaying hiccups for Diablo III is the game's new rune stone system. There are five different types of rune stones, and each can be applied to the game's more than 100 abilities, creating more than 500 possible combinations that will transform abilities in major and minor ways. There are bound to be balance issues and bugs related to more than a few of these combinations and it will take time to work them all out. So, have you signed up for the beta yet, or are you still seething over Blizzard's decision to tether Diablo III to an always-on Internet connection?
This was a bit frightening for me, i've been waiting for this game for a couple of years.

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Edited by Razultull - 8/4/11 at 10:46am
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It's looking good so far, IMO...

The fact that the "public" actually stuck to their NDA's was a very good sign as well.

My expectation after playing it is December...
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I think this is a good thing. It shows that Blizzard is willing to listen to their fans - whether they actually go by anything that the fans say or not is totally different, however.
    
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Well in the past blizzard has always strongly followed community inclinations. They have realized that listening to users is possibly the most valuable thing they could do for their game.

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So... do we love Blizzard now?
 
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doesnt really make me want the game...i mean yea its awesome they are gonna release the game based off the beta testing so maybe they will listen but im still not liking the auction house thing.....

i wanta n invite to check it out, but i wont get my hopes up
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How long was SC2's beta? couple of months IIRC...
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i just hope it comes out before the world ends..

12/21/12..
     
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Well, here's hoping!
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imo the chance of it coming out this year is slim. say beta starts at the rumored mid august. who knows how long the beta will last, but i think 3 months is reasonable given what happened to SC2. with a finish around November/December, it just doesn't seem that likely.
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