Being a rabid fan of just about all Blizzard games, sharing this information with you other Blizz fans kind of makes me feel like I’m about to tell your that you’re diagnosed with an incurable STD. It’s more because many of you will feel rather disgusted after reading this post about how Diablo 3 won’t be hitting your PCs anytime next year. We were all under the impression that, yes, the game was arriving sometime in 2010; but, with Starcraft 2 being delayed until next year, it really doesn’t come as surprise to me. Simply put, how many times have you witnessed Blizzard releasing major games simultaneously in the same year? Never. At least not any of their core IPs, that is.
Speaking with Techland, Rob Pardo stated, “We always announce all of our games too early. I think it’s safe to say that, yea, [Diablo 3] is not going to be out next year.” It’s true, folks. Blizzard does announce their games way too early. I’m not sure if they do this to make you salivate for the next X amount of years, or to just drive you insane and laugh at your hate mail while they enjoy the fruits of [insert favorite Blizzard game here] while a group of twenty or so employees huddle around one person’s computer slurping on a bucket of orange soda.
It shouldn’t come to a surprise to some of you if you’ve followed Blizzard’s work for the past decade. As of right now, there really isn’t an indefinite finish to the game in terms of the development process. If you Diablo fans have been praying to your god for an early release for the franchises third chapter, you better do something a little more dramatic like sacrificing a goat because, as we speak, it doesn’t look like they’re paying attention to your prayers.