Diablo III gonna be late, Dota 2 gonna be early


We’ve got a real conundrum here, nerds. How should we feel?

This morning, Blizzard reported that despite aiming for a late 2011 release date for Diablo III, it looks like they’re going to have to take some more time with the game after all, and are now looking at an early 2012 release.

“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,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment, in the press release published today. “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.”

So, yeah, a delayed release date. But that also brings some good news for folks who might not have gotten that beta invite yet:

“Blizzard will use the additional time to extend the Diablo III closed beta test, which began September 20, potentially adding more testers than initially projected. Players who have an active Battle.net account with any Blizzard game attached to it should visit Battle.net account management to opt in for a chance to participate in the beta test. Additional testing phases, as well as further details regarding the launch plans for the game, will be announced on the company’s Diablo III community website: www.Diablo3.com.

See that? There’s still hope that you could play Diablo III before the Quickening occurs in 2012.

But hey! What about all you OTHER nerds who want to play Dota 2 like a sonofabitch? Well, good news. That thing’s actually coming out sooner than expected. Over on Valve’s Dota 2 blog, project lead Abdul Ismail, aka, the infamous Icefrog, explained that he just can’t take you geeks pestering him any longer. That’s right: he’s caving in to the pressure. Thus, Icefrog and Valve’s original scheme:

“Our original plan was to spend the next year or so in beta, adding new features and slowly growing the number of heroes until we reached a level of parity with Dota 1, at which point we’d release Dota 2 to the world. But the feedback we’re seeing everywhere is that people just want to play it, even though there’s still a ton of heroes yet to be implemented. We’ve also seen that the folks who are already in the beta are chomping at the bit to show everyone else some of the fun games they’ve had. So we decided our original plan was dumb.”

And now what they’re doing to get you this game sooner:

“Welcome to the new plan: We’re going to take the current version of Dota 2, which has The International set of heroes, and get it out there as fast as we can. We’ve still got some work to do in a couple of areas, so we’ll be keeping it invite-only for a (hopefully short) period of time. But there’ll be no restrictions on what players can do with it – they can release screenshots, make movies, shoutcast matches, write guides, publicly make fun of our HUD, or anything else their hearts desire. While they do that, we’ll be shipping regular updates with more heroes, new features we’ve been working on, and improvements on the existing content as we get more and more feedback.”

You can still get in on the beta by signing up here, if you haven’t already. When will the game come out? I don’t know! But sooner than it was going to.

There. Happy? Sad? I also don’t know that either. Just go watch that new Batman: Arkham City trailer again—that thing comes out next month, and is cooler than these other nerdy games by a factor of “motherfuckers on stilts times ten.”

Blizzard Blog and Dota 2 Blog via Joystiq

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