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Diablo III Beta Details On May 2011

During the Activision Blizzard Q4 2010 Financial Results Conference, Mike Morhaime confirmed Diablo III beta details will be revealed broadly at the next Q1 2011 conference set for May 2011.

Blizzplanet has Activision Blizzard's slideshow images and a transcript of Mike Morhaime's report on all things Blizzard Entertainment, including the current whereabouts of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.

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Medievaldragon2381d ago (Edited 2381d ago )

On February 10, 2010 -- during the Q4 2009 conference -- Mike Morhaime announced StarCraft II beta would launch within a week. By February 17th, StarCraft II beta launched.

Now Morhaime says details of Diablo III beta will surface on the next conference. Next Conference will be the Q1 2011 which is approximately around May 7th 2011 (considering last year's took place around that date).

Diablo III beta this summer?

moe842380d ago

More importantly 2011 release? =)

It is definitely possible!

koouunn2380d ago

no way. too son for blizzard to release a game. i woukld say close to the end of next year

Darkfiber2380d ago

Summer 2012. They'll delay it till Spring 2012, then say nothing about the release and pretend they meant to say Summer 2012. It'll release around the same time as StarCraft 2 did last year.

FanboyPunisher2380d ago (Edited 2380d ago )

If its going into beta, i think any delay out of '11 is because they infact are porting to consoles so Kotick the douche can line his pockets with another 80Mil population to exploit.

This is good news, Diablo on PS1 was badass back in the day. Diablo is one of the VERY few PC games that actually work well on a console.

HaVoK3082380d ago

I want in. Diablo is as good as reason as any to play a game on my PC again that isnt a Combat Flight Sim.

Persistantthug2380d ago (Edited 2380d ago )

http://kotaku.com/#!5690583... <---Hiring Console programers for a DIABLO 3 related *wink* project.

and another from 2 days ago at DICE:

http://www.joystiq.com/2011...

"I think you could make an argument that a game like Diablo might play very well on a console," the executive noted while discussing Blizzard's preference for PCs due to flexibility. "It's something that we're actually doing an investigation into to see if that could make sense."

I think it's fair to say that there's not only a chance for Diablo 3 to consoles.....but it looks like its LIKELY.

Darkfiber2379d ago

I doubt it. They said they are investigating consoles. They've been saying that for about 10 years... I guarantee you the only reason they are even saying that is because Bobby Kotick forced them to because he wants more money. This is confirmation of nothing. They've been talking about consoles since Diablo 2.

If they ever make a "Diablo 3 related project" for console it's going to be some crappy, extremely steamlined spinoff 2 years after Diablo 3 comes out that probably wont even be worth getting, especially if you have Diablo 3 on PC. They have no real reason to put it on console. They are going to sell tons of copies, the game will be able to run on 6 year old machines, and the PC gives them the flexibility they want for their game. They are not going to violate the integrity of their gameplay simply to sell a few more copies unless Activision absolutely FORCES them to. Chances are they only told Activision that they will test it out and see how it works, to get Kotick off their backs. That does NOT mean they are actually going to go through with it.

Persistantthug2379d ago (Edited 2379d ago )

I mean, do you really think Game developers go around hiring people all for some elaborate rouse? Really?

You're saying, Blizzard goes through all that trouble of hiring, possibly moving people from their states or countries, messing with their lives and the lives of their families, all just to trick Bobby Kottick, all so they DON'T have to make a console version of Diablo 3, all of this BECAUSE Blizzard themselves are fanboy'ish and NOT business minded.

For the sake of humanity, reasonability, and plain common sense....Please don't tell me this is what you believe....

Please.

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Lirky2380d ago

Diablo III beta is check marked for my battle.net account so i hope i can try out the beta of it to see if it feels like the addictive D2 lod.

Medievaldragon2380d ago

Update: Just after the Q4 2010 Conference, Rob Pardo and Mike Morhaime attended the AIAS 2011 Interactive Awards. In contrast with what Thomas Tippl and Mike Morhaime said or ... didn't say, Rob Pardo told Kotaku Blizzard's goal for Diablo III is 2011. However, they will go for quality first. That's why they didn't commit to this year's release at the 2011 financial outlook.

So there's a shot at a 2011 release unless beta test and other factors clock in to push its release into 2012.
http://www.blizzplanet.com/...

SwampCroc2380d ago (Edited 2380d ago )

wish i had a pc capable.... eh... either way one day I probably will return to Diablo... it consumed for the entire 4 years of highschool well Diablo II did anyway...

but reality sets in and money is needed... hmm gotta enroll in college soon and get paid!!!

edit update - well, damn if they do make console versions.... I dunno... would it be supported by battlenet like Diablo II and the chat rooms with the gem in the middle?

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