Diablo 3 release date is now known, may 15 2012 and you can even pre-purchase it right away. Diablo 3 developement has been interesting to watch in the past few months, especially since they announced that it would be free to WoW players with a one year subscription.
Simply put, the classic Blizzard scenario was being played out. Blizzard would slowly trickle information about the future game that would make the fans pass out from desire but the game would never be really completed. The long-awaited release date always seemed to be far away and as any fan of Blizzard can attest to, better be patient with them.
However the twist this time was that by giving the game away free with 1 year subs Blizzard had to release within that one year time frame and most early guesses from “insider sources” seemed to aim at early spring 2012, which seemed to fit the rumors of Diablo 3 in spring, Starcraft 2 summer and Pandaria in fall, a busy year for Blizzard.
Then the rumor mill went crazy a few weeks ago after Blizzard said they were not ready yet to announce a release date which in the mind of many people meant that early spring was out and any point in 2012 became a possibility.
Pvp is cut…
A few days ago the big news drop… pvp will be cut from Diablo 3, the reason given? It’s not living up to their standard which has been Blizzard excuse for all cut content since Lord of the Clans. You may agree or not with the wording chosen or if it’s the real reason but it is the reason given.
At this point I was planning on giving a long history of Blizzard history since it merged with Activision but I’m going to keep it simple. Every game and expansion since the merger (exception of Wotlk which released soon after the merger) have had content cut or has been heavily modified. Cataclysm lost Path of the Titans and a lot other small features, Sc2 went from three campaigns to one, Diablo 3 now just lost pvp…
I’m having trouble finishing this post… I’m disappointed by Blizzard since the merger. Not everything was bad and I had a ton of fun with Sc2 but on the whole, I feel I’ve been watching a company that cared about making great game become a company only interested in making money at the expanse of the quality of games and the gamers. Call me naive, but I loved to think that somewhere out there, there was still people who cared about just making a great game.
I’m going to finish with this. Please prove me wrong Blizzard.