As Kotaku heard from two Blizzard execs, Mike Morhaime and Rob Pardo, at the Interactive Achievement Awards, the team is striving to release Diablo III in 2011. Once the pair uttered the words, it’s been said that the nearest nerds let out a collective sight. This is Blizzard, a company known for delays.
When asked about a 2011 release window, Rob Pardo had this to say:
We really, really hope so. That’s our goal…Our goal is to get there. But you know, at the end of the day, we are going to get it right. That’s more important.
We’re going to promise, we’re going to get it out there when it’s awesome. And, we’re crossing our fingers, maybe it will be this year.
For all the gruff that PC gamers and fans give Blizzard for taking forever with their products, the simple fact that the company consistently delivers exceptional titles cannot be ignored. As Pardo said, getting a game right at the end of the day is far more important than getting it out early… or on time.
And for a company like Blizzard, missing a launch window probably doesn’t break their financial backs. Especially with the millions and millions of dollars their cash cow produce, WoW, pulls in so often. Perhaps the only thing Blizzard loses when they push a release date back is some slight degree of admiration from their fans. To see a title loom so largely on the horizon and constantly be pushed back is frustrating for die-hards. That is, until Blizzard actually puts the game out. Then it’s all fanfare and splendor.
Will we see Diablo III in 2011? Does it really matter? This year is absolutely stacked when it comes to quality games. I’d rather see a perfect Diablo III during a less crowded year than a nearly perfect Diablo III in the middle of a storm of quality.
Maybe that’s just me.