This news may be several days old, but for those who don’t know yet, Diablo III‘s release has been pushed back to the second quarter of 2012 (April-June), according to Activision’s yearly financial report conference.
The game was previously targeted for an “early-2012″ release, with rumours spreading on the Internet that it would be shipped by February or March.
“… we have implemented changes to the game which we believe will greatly improve the game experience, and ensure that the final release will live up to our high expectations,” said Mike Morhaime, Blizzard’s CEO and President, explaining the reasons for the game’s delay.
“We have also been testing the Auction House functionality. This testing will help ensure a smooth roll-out of this feature with the retail launch, so our players can safely and securely trade items with each other,” he said.
Game delays by Blizzard are nothing new, and most gamers should be accustomed to the company’s “When it’s done” policy by now.
Still, for those of you who are planning to take an extended leave or holiday to play Diablo III on day one, you may want to re-adjust your schedules to June instead (my prediction for the game’s release date).