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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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126. Re: Diablo III in February? Jan 9, 2012, 14:50 RollinThundr
jdreyer wrote on Jan 9, 2012, 14:29:
CythrawL wrote on Jan 9, 2012, 09:29:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 9, 2012, 01:48:
I bought SCII for $30 in November.

Lucky you... My point is/was that it is still $60.00 now there was a very small window to get it at $30.00. I mean its got all its inital sales now, so why the hell it isnt $30-$40 now (and not on sale) is beyond me. And it still doesn't cover the fact that's for a THIRD of a complete game.

Well, for high in demand games, the publisher's don't see the need to drop prices in order to spur sales. It's their game, they can do what they like. Modern Warfare has been following this trend for years. Notice I waited an entire year and a half to pick up SCII for this very reason. Had they dropped the price a year earlier, they'd have had an extra year to invest or make interest on my $30. Their choice.

As for SCII being a "third" of a game, bullshit. There's more single player content in SCII than in the original SC. In multiplayer, each side has more units than in the original game. By any measure, Wings of Liberty is a full game. Imagine if after writing the Hobbit, Tolkien announced his next story would be split into three volumes. Would you complain that The Fellowship of the Ring was only a third of a book? Would you complain about having to pay full book price for The Two Towers? Of course not, and that is not the case with StarCraft II either.

You mean to tell me after a decade, they only managed to finish one race's campaign? Really? C'mon it's a cash grab, you know it, I know it, Blizzard knows it. Let's be realistic here.

I'd love for Activision to give Blizzard a standard 18-24 month dev cycle that the rest of the industy uses rather than 5-10 years they take each title just to laugh at the results.

Blizzard in my eyes is the most overrated developer in the entire industry, Any other team does not need a decade to put out a standard action rpg click fest, or a standard RTS based on genre tropes.

It's astounding to me that people still defend them for being inept.
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