So during a conference with investors “Activision COO Thomas Tippl said that if we don’t see any games from Blizzard this year, the publisher expects to see them next year”. Activision is desperate to cut costs. It just slashed Guitar Hero and basically are left only with Call of Duty. Blizzard is the only money maker in this family. So why is Thomas talking big IFs to investors? Because that’s his job.
Our job is to track the people who really matter, like Rob Pardo. When asked whether we’ll see Diablo 3 released in 2011, he said yesterday:
“We really, really hope so. That’s our goal,” Pardo said. “Our goal is to get there. But you know, at the end of the day, we are going to get it right. That’s more important. We’re going to promise, we’re going to get it out there when it’s awesome. And, we’re crossing our fingers, maybe it will be this year.”
Of course, Blizzard never make promises but you can decide WHO you’re going to believe: Activision’s COO talking to investors, or Rob Pardo talking to Kotaku. I go with Rob on this one.