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Blizzard on Release Dates

Blizzard: ‘Who Knows’ When Diablo III Will Ship? on Techland has a bit from Rob Pardo on recent indications that Diablo III is a ways off. "We always announce all of our games too early," says the Blizzard executive video president, who admits this clarity has not helped them remedy the situation: "We realize that and go, ‘You know what? Next time we’re not going to do that.’ And then we always fail at that. But I’d rather fail at that than fail at making the game great. I think it’s safe to say that, yeah, (Diablo III) is not going to be out next year."

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15. Re: Blizzard on Release Dates Nov 24, 2009, 09:05 Prez
 
NOTE: What's with the lame "message is too long" crap? Brilliance takes time!

Secondly, not posting a specific release dates does not suddenly make you and your project above reproach. It does, however, show that you lack the discipline and or ability to meet and reach goals along the way. The Duke Nukem team never posted a release date either; they just strung everyone along by the nose for an embarrassingly long time.

That Blizzard makes great games is undeniable; that is a separate issue from how they mange their projects along the way. One could say "you can't argue with results", but that is ignoring the very verifiable and quantifiable fact that many design teams with far better management skills are able to put equally good and polished products in a fraction of the time. In other words, Blizzard-level quality is obtainable without the ridiculously long development times. And really, there are very few design teams that can get away with what Blizzard's teams can get away with. God help these people if they ever have to work at a job where time management, short-term goal accomplishments, and revenue-dependent timeliness actually matter.

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