For some people, a Christmas wish list only extends as far as a desire for two front teeth (a relatively small demographic, to be sure — usually eight-year-olds and that scruffy guy who shouts at traffic in front of the liquor store). For others, the reason for the season is all about new video games that hit the market just in time to take advantage of the pre-holidays shopping spree that parents around the world must endure every time the planet makes its circuit around the sun.
This year, if you — like thousands of others — have been eagerly awaiting Blizzard Entertainment’s release of Diablo III, you’re going to have to settle for fruitcake and candy canes to tide you over for a little while. Today, Blizzard announced that it would be holding off on the official release of Diablo III until early 2012 until it can make sure the game is fully up to the company’s famously rigorous quality control measures.
Says Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard: “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.”
So how does Blizzard’s news affect you? Are you disappointed that Diablo III will be out of your hands for a few months longer than expected? Are you thumbing your nose at the world and making snooty remarks about how you’re already playing the beta — and can brag to everyone at launch about how they’re all noobs and that you’ve been playing Diablo III “since beta?” Do you not have any clue as to what the hell a Diablo III is and you just want to get back to your Golden Girls reruns, please? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!