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Diablo III Launch Date Announcement Nears

A Message from Jay Wilson offers Blizzard's outlook on expectations for Diablo III, forced to react to a comment by a community manager on the topic that was widely taken as an official statement (thanks Blizzplanet). Jay responds to the idea of lowering expectations by raising them, and also raises expectations of when to expect the release of their action/RPG sequel, saying: "you can seriously expect a launch-date announcement from us in the near future. See, I didn’t say 'soon,' so I’m not taunting you. ;)" Here's word:

Jay Wilson wanted to share a message with the Diablo III community:

Some of you might have seen some headlines or a certain (obviously sarcastic) blue post that implies that we're unsteady about where Diablo III stands, and that you should temper your expectations when it comes to the next installment in the Diablo series.

Let me be clear: Nothing could be further from the truth.

As those of you in the beta have seen, the game is in good shape. Actually, I should say that the beta version of the game is in good shape. The latest full build we've been testing here in the office is in great shape.

We get a lot of sympathy from the other teams because of the long hours of crunch our design team is putting in, but the secret is that playing through the game as we do final tuning, bug fixes, and optimizations is a real joy. We always know a Blizzard game is almost ready when we have to ask members of the team to stop playing so they can get their work done. That’s definitely been the case around here.

We think you're going to love Diablo III when it's released, and speaking of release plans, you can seriously expect a launch-date announcement from us in the near future. See, I didn’t say “soon,” so I’m not taunting you. ;) You’ll know as soon as I know for sure the exact date.

And by the way, we want you to have high expectations for Diablo III and all Blizzard games. That’s what pushes us to try to make the best gaming experiences we possibly can. If Diablo III wasn’t a worthy next installment in the Diablo series, we wouldn’t release it. That’s the way we do it. That’s the way we’ve always done it.

As I’ve said many times in the recent past, we think Diablo III is coming along great and we can’t wait for you to get your hands on it. We’re doing all we can to ensure you have one hell of a time once you step foot in Sanctuary…

Also, I think Diablo is much more comparable to the Evil Dead series personally, and those just kept getting better. OK, I know a lot of you prefer Evil Dead 2 to Army of Darkness, but come on, Bruce Campbell fights a squad of little Bruce Campbells! Priceless. =)

Jay Wilson is the Game Director of Diablo 3, and wants to know “Hey, uh, what’s that you got on your face?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxBCSautRXY

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99. Re: the best gaming experience Feb 24, 2012, 22:48 Mordecai Walfish
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 24, 2012, 17:29:
Why would things change? I won't suddenly want to play Diablo style games online with other people when i want to play them alone without other people.

In fact, if Blizzard adds a "everyone leave me the fuck alone" game-mode .. dunno, maybe call it "Single Player" then I will stop whining

What constitutes Single player for me in D3?

Nobody can join, see me playing, find me in any way or add me in anyway, or talk to me online via B.Net
No items allowed that were acquired over the auction house
No auction house
No Characters created outside Single Player games
No Anti-Cheat running in the background
No Spyware spying on what I do.

What a revolutionary concept that is!
(In case you don't get my sarcasm, this is what Blizzard should have done for SP mode, and now guess once why they didn't do that. If RMT auction house comes to mind, you are winner!

If that happens, i could even stop bitching about the Cloud DRM crap ;/

Also, I would SO roll on the floor if the game-mode I want were to be only offered by pirates

It's funny because the game mode you describe is generally the *ONLY* one offered by pirates, lol. Enjoy!

I would personally like to have this play mode available too and will likely have a legit online-only version and a single player 'pirated' version.

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98. Re: Diablo III Launch Date Announcement Nears Feb 24, 2012, 22:45 eRe4s3r
 
nin wrote on Feb 24, 2012, 21:56:
That's it exactly. I'd read years ago (which I could find it now) about how basically your best customers (and fans, in this case) become emotionally invested. And how, once things go south, they can also turn into your most vocal detractors.

Nexflix's implosion last year is a fine example of that too. People, myself included, used to love them. But once they felt like the company had strayed too far, the knives came out, and it got ugly in a hurry.

It is also pretty telling that most topics that reach many posts nowadays are about this exact issue. Maybe it just means the average poster here is old enough to actually have a considerable personal investment into certain companies and their games/on various platforms.

And it seems stuff like DRM, Ownership (Steam), DLC and DRM (Origin) as well as DRM (Diablo 3) and changing priorities of companies that go further and further apart from our own is always a hot topic.

The thing is, in the Internet age, 2000 disgrunteld customers can reach 2000000 customers and influence them. What were they called... ehm, opinion multiplicators ? Previously this was something only TV and Teachers were, but nowadays... things are different and can very quickly go into the ugly.
 
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97. Re: Diablo III Launch Date Announcement Nears Feb 24, 2012, 21:56 nin
 
Prez wrote on Feb 24, 2012, 21:35:
The anger, hurt, and resentment towards Blizzard is so strong that it's almost like a bad breakup.

Yeah, in a way it kind of is. I've spent almost as much time with Blizzard games as I have ever spent in a relationship, and my 20th wedding anniversary is right around the corner!

That's it exactly. I'd read years ago (which I could find it now) about how basically your best customers (and fans, in this case) become emotionally invested. And how, once things go south, they can also turn into your most vocal detractors.

Nexflix's implosion last year is a fine example of that too. People, myself included, used to love them. But once they felt like the company had strayed too far, the knives came out, and it got ugly in a hurry.



 
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96. Re: Diablo III Launch Date Announcement Nears Feb 24, 2012, 21:35 Prez
 
The anger, hurt, and resentment towards Blizzard is so strong that it's almost like a bad breakup.

Yeah, in a way it kind of is. I've spent almost as much time with Blizzard games as I have ever spent in a relationship, and my 20th wedding anniversary is right around the corner!
 
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95. Re: Diablo III Launch Date Announcement Nears Feb 24, 2012, 21:05 Alamar
 
One of the connected aspects I REALLY like about D3 is that, when I launch the game... On the very first screen (that also shows the current/active character), windows pop up on the right side showing friends who are currently in a game, and it is literally one click to join their game...

Of course, that doesn't mean they couldn't have had a feature like that while also having an offline mode, but then er... ya, I guess that's all I have heh...

I would have liked a purely offline option, for so many reasons... Many people here have mentioned them all... But I also understand why they didn't, and why it's not just anti-piracy...

In the end, I am getting it because I am that person that has been nearly constantly online for about two decades, and I like massives; even though the previous Diablo's were not, and D3 still isn't, I'm fine with this aspect of it... It will, however, piss me right the hell off, when it's not working well, or my internet is just flaky one night...

But really, this is hardly the first sequel that differed greatly from the previous incarnations... And just the very nature of it being a sequel means it's loaded... People have their ideas of what it should be, whether it's been a year or two, or over a decade...

-Alamar
 
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94. Re: Diablo III Launch Date Announcement Nears Feb 24, 2012, 19:54 DedEye
 
I got in the beta and it made me stop playing BF3 and SWTOR.

I've played more single player than multi, but I swing both ways

I'm having a great time....it's Diablo after all...I haven't experienced any real technical issues or lag. Bugs with tooltips and the career screen, minor stuff. The prior comment about loading: I've experienced it on occasion as well. The first time I experienced server downtime however it was a jarring reminder that this is not like the first 2 in more ways than graphics and skill trees.

I remember when Diablo came out.....and you could spawn a game for a friend to play on a LAN!!! I thought that was one of the coolest features I'd ever seen in a game at the time.

Now look where we are

But I do put it in perspective. I can easily drop $15x2 + at least $10 for drink and grub = $40 for an evening at the movies with my wife.

I'll spend 20 bucks more and get at least a hundred fold more hours of entertainment out of this one.
 
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93. Re: Diablo III Launch Date Announcement Nears Feb 24, 2012, 19:36 Mr. Tact
 
Yes, Blizzard is free to make their games however they desire. And I am free to say I think their decisions are faulty.  
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92. Re: Diablo III Launch Date Announcement Nears Feb 24, 2012, 19:32 crazyfingers
 
The worst thing is as much as I dislike supporting blizzard's new direction I'm going to buy this anyway, because all my buddies are buying it and i'd hate to be left out. And who knows, it may actually be kinda fun, if the beta is no indication at all.  
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91. Re: Diablo III Launch Date Announcement Nears Feb 24, 2012, 18:59 Yifes
 
I guess people here are just very passionate about their games. The anger, hurt, and resentment towards Blizzard is so strong that it's almost like a bad breakup.

Blizzard has changed. The writing on the wall has been there for a while now. It's time to part ways, but don't let that make you bitter and cloud your judgement. If you guys can ever get past the flaws of the new Blizzard, they still make some damn good games.
 
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90. Re: the best gaming experience Feb 24, 2012, 18:39 eRe4s3r
 
Well i'd like to have a time machine so I can prevent myself from ever buying Diablo 2 and Diablo 1 and Warcraft 3 and Starcraft in the past because in a sense that's what commissioned D3. That way i would feel a lot more detached from it all

I see no coherence in supporting SP gaming for this long with so many great games only to entirely drop it with SC2 and D3.. its clear this is no longer the Blizzard I once enjoyed games from.

But you are right, they were at least honest about it.
 
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89. Re: the best gaming experience Feb 24, 2012, 18:32 eRe4s3r
 
Actually, I only complain about games when I render something and thus can not play them ;p

But its true enough, I guess.
 
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88. Re: Diablo III Launch Date Announcement Nears Feb 24, 2012, 18:28 Dades
 
Slashman wrote on Feb 24, 2012, 17:08:
The problem with the online requirement isn't so much that most people have internet connections. Some people have pretty horrible internet connections. Some folks live in the boondocks or other areas where net connections are spotty.

Its fine to feel smug and say 'too bad', but there is a difference between requiring an online activation (even if its required whenever you start the game), and requiring a consistent and decent internet connection for a smooth play experience. Especially for a game like Diablo...

I have a decently reliable connection...but I don't my game to literally stop and allow me no progress when I'm playing. I can pull my network cable in the middle of Sanctum, Orcs Must Die, Skyrim, Terraria, Mount & Blade, Prototype, Xotic and pretty much all my games and continue to play with no interruption. If I want to play D3 single player, then I expect that my experience doesn't go in the toilet because my ISP suddenly hitches or I kick the switch on my DSL modem. That's just retarded.

Great comment, every short sighted moron who can't understand that people might be in a different situation than them should take note.
 
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87. Re: Diablo III Launch Date Announcement Nears Feb 24, 2012, 18:27 Prez
 
The real problem is that people still think of Diablo 3 as a single player game.

That's not exactly an unfair expectation, given that Diablo and its sequels were awesome single player games that many people (like myself) played exclusively as singleplayer games. Not having offline singleplayer is a massive regression in my view.

It's true, as you say, that Blizzard has the right to make the game they want to make, but surely you can understand the disappointment and frustration, even anger (short of nerd rage) on the part of those of us who vastly prefer singleplayer gaming and expected any Diablo 3 to at least have the same functionality of its predecessors.

It particularly doesn't sit well when there's no justifiable reason not to allow an offline component - by their own admission Blizzard is mainly doing so to combat piracy.

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86. Re: the best gaming experience Feb 24, 2012, 18:25 Xombie
 
Yifes wrote on Feb 24, 2012, 17:39:
I don't understand what this incessant bitching is about.

This is Blues News forums, where people complain about games more than they actually play them.
 
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85. Re: the best gaming experience Feb 24, 2012, 18:09 Yifes
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 24, 2012, 17:58:
The bitching is largely to express my unhappiness about said service and the things it lacks that it once didn't lack.

Diablo 2 had all that i listed above. So what is there not to understand? This game is still called Diablo 3, right? If they rename it to dunno, WoW Light, i might be less lofty in my rants.

Diablo 3 is a separate game, a sequel that continues to offer a lot of what made Diablo 2 great for many people. Unfortunately its missing things that are important for you.

You did not commission Diablo 3. Blizzard does not owe it to you to make Diablo 3 the way you want it. In the end, Blizzard is allow to do what they want with their own game, as long as they don't lie or deceive gamers. And they've done a good job letting people know exactly what you're getting into so that you don't waste your money.
 
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84. Re: the best gaming experience Feb 24, 2012, 17:58 eRe4s3r
 
The bitching is largely to express my unhappiness about said service and the things it lacks that it once didn't lack.

Diablo 2 had all that i listed above. So what is there not to understand? This game is still called Diablo 3, right? If they rename it to dunno, WoW Light, i might be less lofty in my rants.
 
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83. Re: the best gaming experience Feb 24, 2012, 17:39 Yifes
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 24, 2012, 17:29:
What constitutes Single player for me in D3?

Nobody can join, see me playing, find me in any way or add me in anyway, or talk to me online via B.Net
No items allowed that were acquired over the auction house
No auction house
No Characters created outside Single Player games

So what's the big deal? Blizzard is offering a service that does not meet your requirements. They're letting you know ahead of time, so you can avoid wasting your money on something that you don't want.

I don't understand what this incessant bitching is about.
 
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82. Re: Diablo III Launch Date Announcement Nears Feb 24, 2012, 17:34 Yifes
 
Slashman wrote on Feb 24, 2012, 17:08:
The problem with the online requirement isn't so much that most people have internet connections. Some people have pretty horrible internet connections. Some folks live in the boondocks or other areas where net connections are spotty.

The real problem is that people still think of Diablo 3 as a single player game. The problems of connection reliability is something that PC gamers have dealt with since the beginning of online gaming. If you could deal with it before, then you can deal with it now.
 
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81. Re: the best gaming experience Feb 24, 2012, 17:29 eRe4s3r
 
Why would things change? I won't suddenly want to play Diablo style games online with other people when i want to play them alone without other people.

In fact, if Blizzard adds a "everyone leave me the fuck alone" game-mode .. dunno, maybe call it "Single Player" then I will stop whining

What constitutes Single player for me in D3?

Nobody can join, see me playing, find me in any way or add me in anyway, or talk to me online via B.Net
No items allowed that were acquired over the auction house
No auction house
No Characters created outside Single Player games
No Anti-Cheat running in the background
No Spyware spying on what I do.

What a revolutionary concept that is!
(In case you don't get my sarcasm, this is what Blizzard should have done for SP mode, and now guess once why they didn't do that. If RMT auction house comes to mind, you are winner!

If that happens, i could even stop bitching about the Cloud DRM crap ;/

Also, I would SO roll on the floor if the game-mode I want were to be only offered by pirates

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80. Re: Diablo III Launch Date Announcement Nears Feb 24, 2012, 17:08 Slashman
 
The problem with the online requirement isn't so much that most people have internet connections. Some people have pretty horrible internet connections. Some folks live in the boondocks or other areas where net connections are spotty.

Its fine to feel smug and say 'too bad', but there is a difference between requiring an online activation (even if its required whenever you start the game), and requiring a consistent and decent internet connection for a smooth play experience. Especially for a game like Diablo...

I have a decently reliable connection...but I don't my game to literally stop and allow me no progress when I'm playing. I can pull my network cable in the middle of Sanctum, Orcs Must Die, Skyrim, Terraria, Mount & Blade, Prototype, Xotic and pretty much all my games and continue to play with no interruption. If I want to play D3 single player, then I expect that my experience doesn't go in the toilet because my ISP suddenly hitches or I kick the switch on my DSL modem. That's just retarded.
 
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