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Diablo III in February?

Joystiq has an image of a store display in a Rochester, Minnesota Best Buy that seems to show a February 1 launch date for Diablo III, Blizzard's upcoming action/RPG sequel. They have some follow ups that don't completely confirm or deny this, and word that the end-cap was legit, but has since been removed. Meanwhile, the Best Buy Website now shows a February 1 release date for the game.

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248. Re: Diablo III in February? Jan 11, 2012, 12:15 RollinThundr
 
Peeling wrote on Jan 11, 2012, 12:00:
Prez wrote on Jan 11, 2012, 08:27:
I said that pure single player experiences are no longer the core of big budget gaming.

I actually almost choked on my bagel (onion...mmmm!) when I read this. Do I really need to point out that Deus Ex and Skyrim had no MP and were critical and commercial successes by any metric?

No. Do I need to point out that most modern commercial successes include and even emphasise multiplayer?

If you want to make MP-only games, that's your business. But let's not distort the facts to make you and your company's decision seem more valid. And if you are making said decisions based on such laughably erroneous assumptions, that's not a good thing.

You know, I wouldn't have to type half as much if you didn't keep flinging up strawmen and forcing me to repeat myself.

Single/multiplayer is not a black/white issue, and individual games can span a range of shades.

Skyrim is almost purely single player, and can certainly be played that way. I say 'almost' because there's a lot of shared information about playing on the internet. I'm not by any stretch trying to call it 'multiplayer', I'm just pointing out that individual Skyrim players do not exist in a complete vaccuum.

WoW spans far more of the spectrum. It has content geared for raiding but also supports a lot of solo play (although you would be missing out if you deliberately avoided even the auction house).

D3 also occupies a broad band of the single/multiplayer spectrum. Yes, you can still play it entirely solo, but that's not (by design) the game's 'sweet spot'. The sweet spot is around the 'using the AH / playing with friends' region.

Shared what? So any single player game that has a walk through on a forum thread or faq for example is not truly a single player game? Is that actually what you just tried to say? Are you fucking kidding me? Skyrim is a single player game, it has no multiplayer out of the box, it is intended to be a sp game. A MP mod made by amatures with the mod tools does not turn it into a different classification of game.
 
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