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Jay Wilson made a forum post today:

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/4079872821
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Jay Wilson wanted to share a message with the Diablo III community:

Some of you might have seen some headlines or a certain (obviously sarcastic) blue post that implies that we're unsteady about where Diablo III stands, and that you should temper your expectations when it comes to the next installment in the Diablo series.

Let me be clear: Nothing could be further from the truth.

As those of you in the beta have seen, the game is in good shape. Actually, I should say that the beta version of the game is in good shape. The latest full build we've been testing here in the office is in great shape.

We get a lot of sympathy from the other teams because of the long hours of crunch our design team is putting in, but the secret is that playing through the game as we do final tuning, bug fixes, and optimizations is a real joy. We always know a Blizzard game is almost ready when we have to ask members of the team to stop playing so they can get their work done. That’s definitely been the case around here.

We think you're going to love Diablo III when it's released, and speaking of release plans, you can seriously expect a launch-date announcement from us in the near future. See, I didn’t say “soon,” so I’m not taunting you. wink.gif You’ll know as soon as I know for sure the exact date.

And by the way, we want you to have high expectations for Diablo III and all Blizzard games. That’s what pushes us to try to make the best gaming experiences we possibly can. If Diablo III wasn’t a worthy next installment in the Diablo series, we wouldn’t release it. That’s the way we do it. That’s the way we’ve always done it.

As I’ve said many times in the recent past, we think Diablo III is coming along great and we can’t wait for you to get your hands on it. We’re doing all we can to ensure you have one hell of a time once you step foot in Sanctuary…

Also, I think Diablo is much more comparable to the Evil Dead series personally, and those just kept getting better. OK, I know a lot of you prefer Evil Dead 2 to Army of Darkness, but come on, Bruce Campbell fights a squad of little Bruce Campbells! Priceless. =)

Jay Wilson is the Game Director of Diablo 3, and wants to know “Hey, uh, what’s that you got on your face?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxBCSautRXY

"you can seriously expect a launch-date announcement from us in the near future" smile.gif
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LOL did you see the OP he was talking about? that was a quick fix ..I bet the OP is looking for a job by now

http://vr-zone.com/articles/blizzard-tells-gamers-to-lower-expectations-for-diablo-iii/14997.html
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Originally Posted by Bobotheklown View Post

Jay Wilson made a forum post today:
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/4079872821 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Jay Wilson wanted to share a message with the Diablo III community:
Some of you might have seen some headlines or a certain (obviously sarcastic) blue post that implies that we're unsteady about where Diablo III stands, and that you should temper your expectations when it comes to the next installment in the Diablo series.
Let me be clear: Nothing could be further from the truth.
As those of you in the beta have seen, the game is in good shape. Actually, I should say that the beta version of the game is in good shape. The latest full build we've been testing here in the office is in great shape.
We get a lot of sympathy from the other teams because of the long hours of crunch our design team is putting in, but the secret is that playing through the game as we do final tuning, bug fixes, and optimizations is a real joy. We always know a Blizzard game is almost ready when we have to ask members of the team to stop playing so they can get their work done. That’s definitely been the case around here.
We think you're going to love Diablo III when it's released, and speaking of release plans, you can seriously expect a launch-date announcement from us in the near future. See, I didn’t say “soon,” so I’m not taunting you. wink.gif You’ll know as soon as I know for sure the exact date.
And by the way, we want you to have high expectations for Diablo III and all Blizzard games. That’s what pushes us to try to make the best gaming experiences we possibly can. If Diablo III wasn’t a worthy next installment in the Diablo series, we wouldn’t release it. That’s the way we do it. That’s the way we’ve always done it.
As I’ve said many times in the recent past, we think Diablo III is coming along great and we can’t wait for you to get your hands on it. We’re doing all we can to ensure you have one hell of a time once you step foot in Sanctuary…
Also, I think Diablo is much more comparable to the Evil Dead series personally, and those just kept getting better. OK, I know a lot of you prefer Evil Dead 2 to Army of Darkness, but come on, Bruce Campbell fights a squad of little Bruce Campbells! Priceless. =)
Jay Wilson is the Game Director of Diablo 3, and wants to know “Hey, uh, what’s that you got on your face?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxBCSautRXY
"you can seriously expect a launch-date announcement from us in the near future" smile.gif

LOL did you see the OP he was talking about? that was a quick fix ..I bet the OP is looking for a job by now

http://vr-zone.com/articles/blizzard-tells-gamers-to-lower-expectations-for-diablo-iii/14997.html
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Bashiok is a troll. And yeah apparently his remark was supposed to be sarcastic...

Those forums are seriously out of control though. I'm in there pretty much every day and it's pretty crazy. Blizz needs to get the release date out soon before they explode even more than they already have.
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Originally Posted by Bobotheklown View Post

Bashiok is a troll. And yeah apparently his remark was supposed to be sarcastic...
Those forums are seriously out of control though. I'm in there pretty much every day and it's pretty crazy. Blizz needs to get the release date out soon before they explode even more than they already have.

If they release now, I think it will be a disaster. They changed the game too much to call it Diablo III.

Most of the real Diablo players aren't going to like it and most of the people that didn't like the Diablo series aren't going to try it.

It'll be a failure just like every game that has tried to clone Diablo II. Some were decent games, but not as good as D2 and none of them came close to the number of sales. That equals a failure. Especially with how much time and resources that has been put into it.

Heck, it still has bugs. New bugs with the most recent patch that weren't there before.

I have a feeling the release isn't coming for at least a several more months, if not longer.
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If they release now, I think it will be a disaster. They changed the game too much to call it Diablo III.
Most of the real Diablo players aren't going to like it and most of the people that didn't like the Diablo series aren't going to try it.
It'll be a failure just like every game that has tried to clone Diablo II. Some were decent games, but not as good as D2 and none of them came close to the number of sales. That equals a failure. Especially with how much time and resources that has been put into it.
Heck, it still has bugs. New bugs with the most recent patch that weren't there before.
I have a feeling the release isn't coming for at least a several more months, if not longer.

They really haven't though. Diablo players will buy it because it's D3. I guarantee it will be an amazing game even with all the "casual" or "console" changes. I'm not in favor of any changes ever since august (except inferno mode) but it won't stop me from buying it. Going to be a blast to play with friends. Heck man, I keep replaying the beta and that only goes to level 13. The bugs are probably all already squashed in the internal build.

And several more months...? Don't say that frown.gif

The lead designer just said release information in the "near future", which I think will be the first week of March. Leading to an early May release.
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Originally Posted by Bobotheklown View Post

They really haven't though. Diablo players will buy it because it's D3. I guarantee it will be an amazing game even with all the "casual" or "console" changes. I'm not in favor of any changes ever since august (except inferno mode) but it won't stop me from buying it. Going to be a blast to play with friends. Heck man, I keep replaying the beta and that only goes to level 13. The bugs are probably all already squashed in the internal build.
And several more months...? Don't say that frown.gif
The lead designer just said release information in the "near future", which I think will be the first week of March. Leading to an early May release.

Not to put a damper on your spirits, but they've been saying soon for a long time now, lol.

There's no way it will be released in March. First they have to issue the release date, which is always several weeks or more in advance of the release.

Also, the way Blizzard usually does things is they have an open beta before the release too. They haven't done that yet. I don't see why they'd do it any differently this time.

If I'm wrong then I'll stand corrected. But I just don't see it happening as soon as you would like.


Edit: I forgot to mention the commercials. They will want to air commercials for weeks or months before a release to get it well known before launch. The commercials will likely start once they have an official release date so they can put it in the commercials. With how much has went into the game, they are going to try and get everyone they can to buy it to make back all of their money spent on development.
Edited by Phantom_Dave - 2/24/12 at 12:07am
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Also, the way Blizzard usually does things is they have an open beta before the release too. They haven't done that yet. I don't see why they'd do it any differently this time.

SC2 never had a open beta. Cataclysm never had a open beta.
The 2 most recent releases never had a open beta so why would Diablo 3 get one?
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Originally Posted by Georgevonfrank View Post

SC2 never had a open beta. Cataclysm never had a open beta.
The 2 most recent releases never had a open beta so why would Diablo 3 get one?

I thought they did. Oh well.

I still say the game isn't getting released within the next couple of months.
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Originally Posted by Phantom_Dave View Post

Not to put a damper on your spirits, but they've been saying soon for a long time now, lol.
There's no way it will be released in March. First they have to issue the release date, which is always several weeks or more in advance of the release.
Also, the way Blizzard usually does things is they have an open beta before the release too. They haven't done that yet. I don't see why they'd do it any differently this time.
If I'm wrong then I'll stand corrected. But I just don't see it happening as soon as you would like.
Edit: I forgot to mention the commercials. They will want to air commercials for weeks or months before a release to get it well known before launch. The commercials will likely start once they have an official release date so they can put it in the commercials. With how much has went into the game, they are going to try and get everyone they can to buy it to make back all of their money spent on development.

Sorry to put a damper on your spirits but 90% of what you just said is false lol.
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Not to put a damper on your spirits, but they've been saying soon for a long time now, lol.
There's no way it will be released in March. First they have to issue the release date, which is always several weeks or more in advance of the release.
I meant a release date announcement in March. They already said Q2 launch, so they couldn't release March...
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Also, the way Blizzard usually does things is they have an open beta before the release too. They haven't done that yet. I don't see why they'd do it any differently this time.
Blizzard does NOT always do open betas. If you want me to find you a link stating D3 will not have an open beta, let me know. It will take a while to search the forums though.
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I forgot to mention the commercials. They will want to air commercials for weeks or months before a release to get it well known before launch. The commercials will likely start once they have an official release date so they can put it in the commercials. With how much has went into the game, they are going to try and get everyone they can to buy it to make back all of their money spent on development

This part I am unsure of. I don't think I ever saw a SC2 commercial, only WoW. I could definitely picture some D3 commercials, but word of mouth will do a lot of advertising itself.
Also, http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/4081813178#7
Quote:
Just about everything is set as it will be at release. There will certainly be tweaks here and there, and some small improvements, but no, we don't have any current plans to change the chat channel interface.

We understand the requests, and have seen some of the creative suggestions, but we're in the home stretch and aren't looking to delay the release of the game further. Honestly speaking only a small portion of players will care if the chat channels are like they are, or if they're more like the huge screen-dominating feature in D2. We have to apply value to the additional time it would take to address a small amount of requests for a change, and it just doesn't outweigh releasing the game.

I like the sound of that... They released patch 13 last saturday, Bashiok posted on the forums at 4 AM today. They're putting in A LOT of extra hours. It's definitely the home stretch.

Edit: I forgot, Bashiok is in France. That's why he posted at 4 AM tongue.gif
Edited by Bobotheklown - 2/24/12 at 12:42pm
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