Diablo III shipping early next year
Blizzard has always been known to come up with quality games, and one of the earliest memories that I have of them would be playing Blackthorne on my aged 386 computer. Boy was the graphics drop dead gorgeous back then – and I would suppose for nostalgia’s sake, playing thing even today would be engaging (to a certain extent of course, and not one that would keep you glued to the screen for hours on end). Well, follow that with Diablo as well as its sequel, not to mention having Starcraft and Warcraft sandwiched in between, and you have quite the cult following.
Somehow, quality and the balance in gameplay seems to be synonymous with Blizzard’s titles, and we all know how much of a time eater Diablo II was as everyone loved slaying bovines in the Secret Cow Level, and collecting rare artifacts as well as gems to embed inside the sockets of some items to augment their already potent power. Well, now that Starcraft II is done and over with, the next big thing that folks can look forward to from Blizzard would be Diablo III.
This game has been a long time in coming, and now we finally have word from the developer themselves that Diablo III is set to ship sometime in early 2012. That’s just a few months away, so after waiting for so long, surely there is no harm in waiting a little bit longer, is there? Blizzard Entertainment has also extended the beta test for the hotly anticipated action role-playing game, and here is what they have to say about the game.
“With every game we make, the temptation is always very strong to launch as soon as possible. However, we didn’t put so many years of work into Diablo III to release a game that was almost ready. The beta test is going very well, and we look forward to making the most of the extra time we’re taking to deliver an experience that lives up to our vision for the game and the expectations of our players. Next year is going to be an incredibly busy one for Blizzard, and we hope an incredibly fun one for Blizzard gamers,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment.
The extra time will be put to good use as more testers are added to make sure that everything about the game will be as perfect as it can be upon launch. I like this kind of approach – better to take your time and be careful so that the final product released to the masses will not be gimped in any way, but provide plenty of fun right from the get go. I must imagine that there will be the inevitable patches to balance up some classes or items, but the initial experience will be fantastic right from the get go. How about you?