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Google translate source: Here

My own fluent translation:

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Gamestar writer Micheal Graf spoke with Max Schaefer during gamescom 2011, the boss at Runic Games, mostly about torchlight 2, as Diablo is the role model for Torchlight. Schaefer was also director of Blizzard entertainment until 2003, then left to create Flagship Studios and then took over leadership of Runic Games.
During his time at Blizzard, he had an instrumental role in the creation of the diablo series. Thus it is no surprise that he still has good contacts at Blizzard, and one might want to pay attention to his statement that "Diablo 3 won't be released in 2011, but in the first Quarter of 2012 at the earliest."
He doesn't have a direct source/quote to back this up, but it is still worth paying attention to. He doesn't believe Blizzard can finish the beta test and evaluation by Christmas.
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For the sheer fact that Xmass will make them the most $$$$, I have a feeling they'll release it even if it's not 100% ready.

Bottom line is revenue > 100% working product.

If they can get it "working" within a reasonable projection, I have a feeling they'll release it anyway.
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For the sheer fact that Xmass will make them the most $$$$, I have a feeling they'll release it even if it's not 100% ready.

Bottom line is revenue > 100% working product.

If they can get it "working" within a reasonable projection, I have a feeling they'll release it anyway.
It's Blizzurd, you never know man.
    
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For the sheer fact that Xmass will make them the most $$$$, I have a feeling they'll release it even if it's not 100% ready.

Bottom line is revenue > 100% working product.

If they can get it "working" within a reasonable projection, I have a feeling they'll release it anyway.
Blizzard typically does wait until they're ready, even if they miss christmas.
Ex. EU launch of Wow was pushed to feb 2005 due to US release issues.
Burning crusade missed Christmas and was released Jan 16, 2007.

So it's not unheard of for Blizz to push games past holiday season. Granted, every other release has come out either Nov/early Dec or June.
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I agree with him, Q1 2012 has been my guess for quite a while now, same as Cataclysm.
Edited by SafeKlok - 8/19/11 at 12:48pm
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I agree with him, Q1 2012 has been my guess for quite a while now, same as Cataclysm.
What do you mean?
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For the sheer fact that Xmass will make them the most $$$$, I have a feeling they'll release it even if it's not 100% ready.

Bottom line is revenue > 100% working product.

If they can get it "working" within a reasonable projection, I have a feeling they'll release it anyway.
I think these guys know their games get sold no matter what.
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What do you mean?
He was probably thinking BC. Cataclysm was early Dec, BC was early Jan.
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What do you mean?
For some reason I thought Catacylsm was a Jan release, realised after you pointed that out, that it was out in December.

Regardless, I still say Q1 2012 for Diablo3
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So it's not unheard of for Blizz to push games past holiday season. Granted, every other release has come out either Nov/early Dec or June.
I dunno with all the crap I been hearing about D3 it would be better to release it now, later they wont make any money.
    
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