OK, we’ve suspected this for a bit... Blizzard’s Ron Pardo has been spinning the truth for the last few months. They really wanted to release in 2011 but… (fill in the blank).
It’s now official: Diablo 3 is postponed for early 2012:
HELL FREEZES OVER — DIABLO® III TO SHIP IN EARLY 2012
Despite a sterling record of always hitting its release targets, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that the expected launch window for Diablo® III, the next title in the company’s critically acclaimed series of action role-playing games, will be moving into early 2012.
That’s the BAD news. Is there any good news? Well, the play test has been extended and additional beta invites will be sent out. In addition, I expect that the open beta will last A BIT LONGER as well.