Welcome Stranger to OCC!Login | Register

Diablo III Delayed Indefinitely?

Category: Gaming
Posted: 11:27AM

Not many developers can boast three hugely successful franchises, but with Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo, Blizzard can do just that. Unfortunately, the popularity of the first two series may be why the highly anticipated third entry in the latter is being delayed. Diablo III was announced way back when the fate of World of Warcraft's future and Starcraft II's success was uncertain. But with the exceptional sales of WoW's expansion, Cataclysm, and Starcraft II's explosion in the e-sports scene, it seems like Blizzard may put Diablo III in its back pocket for the time being.

Blizzard execs refused to comment, but an anonymous source stated that Diablo III will come, just not this year and maybe not even next year. When asked whether it was because of the other two franchises, the source refused to comment further.

The timing of such a move is questionable, as the Action-RPG genre — of which the Diablo series is a part of, if not responsible for — seems more popular than ever after the surprising success of Torchlight. In fact, Torchlight 2, Spore-spinoff Darkspore, Dungeon Siege III, and the spiritual successor to Titan Quest, Grim Dawn, are all on the horizon, with Darkspore ready to launch this month.

So is it that Blizzard doesn't want to cannibalize its other franchises or is it more that they're worried that there will be too much competition in the Action-RPG genre this year? In any case, Diablo fans will have a wait quite a bit longer — but at least there are other games coming out to fill that loot-gathering addiction for now.

Register as a member to subscribe comments.
El_Capitan on April 1, 2011 11:41AM
About time! I guess they figured with Duke Nukem Forever getting so much buzz for, well, taking forever, they wanted some extra press, too! I can't wait for Diablo III to never come out! I'm so excited!
ClayMeow on April 1, 2011 11:45AM
Well, "indefinitely" does not mean "never", it just means that there's no set date and could be awhile.
Psywar on April 1, 2011 12:16PM
Well I am/was a big World of Warcraft Fan.. Honestly I feel like this last expansion has put the game in the gutter. I was hoping to play D3 this year but I guess it will wait. I could see Blizzard holding off a few years while this new WoW expansion dies out a bit and then Drop a new hit on us. With what they showed us at Blizzcon 10 I have a hard time believing the setback would be due to anything other than the time is just not right. The game looked like it as only a half a year away from being good to go.
imm0rt41 on April 1, 2011 01:51PM
Glad I bought a new gaming rig so 2/3 of the games I was looking forward to could be delayed :(
Waco on April 1, 2011 01:57PM
April Fools...
TheHippi on April 1, 2011 04:01PM
Why did you have to spoil it? :P
gebraset on April 1, 2011 07:18PM
I almost cried.
RHKCommander959 on April 1, 2011 11:57PM
Wouldn't be surprised if it came true, even being a fools with their track record :p

This news has comment postings disabled because it is now archived.

© 2001-2018 Overclockers Club ® Privacy Policy
Elapsed: 0.1077239513   (xlweb1)