Further demolishing the expectations and hopes of Diablo
fans worldwide, Blizzard has stated that Diablo 3
will not be out before StarCraft 2
In fact, according to Blizzard's Rob Pardo, Diablo 3
definitely won't see a release at all next year - confirming rumours that a 2010 release date for Diablo 3
is out of the question.
"We always announce all of our games too early,
" Pardo said to TechLand
. "I think it's safe to say that, yeah, [Diablo 3] is not going to be out next year.
Fans had originally hoped that Diablo 3
would be released before the spread-out release of StarCraft 2
, the first instalment of which has been delayed until 2010.
Pardo goes on to say that the delays aren't due to a lack of resources, but due to Blizzard's deliberate approach to game design that means games are approached iteratively and with completely separate design teams.
"Now when we announce [a game] we just go; 'Here's the game we're working on, we're going to start talking about it and who knows when it ships,'
" added Pardo.
Still, at least we've all got Torchlight
to play in the mean time, right? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.