Blizzard pushes Diablo III to early 2012

Despite expectations of a Q4 2011 release, Blizzard has announced that Diablo III won't go live until next year.

Diablo fans will have to wait a little longer for Blizzard's long-in development sequel.
Diablo fans will have to wait a little longer for Blizzard's long-in development sequel. Rich Brown/CNET

Blizzard Entertainment announced in a brief press release this morning that its long-awaited PC role playing game, Diablo III, will not launch in the fourth quarter of 2011 as expected. Instead, Blizzard has pushed back the release of the game until early 2012.

This news will surely disappoint gamers who have had to wait more than a decade for a follow -up to 2000's Diablo II. Blizzard also spurred fans' hopes for an imminent release with the release of a closed Diablo III beta test , which was opened to the press earlier this week.

"We pulled together people from all of the teams involved with the game to decide whether we felt it would be ready before the end of December, and we grudgingly came to the conclusion that it would not," said Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime in a blog post. "The upside of today's announcement is that we will be running the beta test longer than we initially planned, which will allow us to invite more of you who have opted in."

Expanded beta access may sate some fans, but Blizzard's Diablo III forum is already alight with comments from gamers having difficulty with the extended wait for the final product.

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Rich Brown is an executive editor for CNET Reviews. He has worked as a technology journalist since 1994.


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