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Diablo III is in the "home stretch" says Blizzard

First announced nearly three years ago and under development for years beforehand, fans of the Diablo action-RPG franchise have been waiting, sometimes patiently and sometimes not so much, for developer Blizzard to release the third game in the series.

In a new article about the game at the New York Times web site, the game's director Jay Wilson still wouldn't cop to a release date but did say, "We're definitely in the home stretch. We're crunching. This is when the magic happens." That should make some fans breath easier but we suspect we still have several months before Diablo III finally comes out.

April Fool's 2011: Diablo III's Horadapp

Diablo III's release date may still be up in the air but for the action-RPG's latest April Fool's joke the game's official web site has posted up a (kind of) working game, the Horadapp. The web site, virtual smartphone lets you create combinations of four smaller "apps" in a Horadric Cube. There are 40 possible combinations of "apps" to create.

While this is just supposed to be just for fun, Blizzard has a pretty big disclaimer at the bottom of the web page where it states that it will not be responsible for "headaches, sleeplessness, rashes, hauntings, curses, dismemberment, disembowelment, evisceration, conflagration, immolation, insanity, demonic possession, or athlete's foot" while using the Horadric Cube app. And that's one to grow on.

Blizzard: Diablo III could cannibalize World of Warcraft's player base

Many people have assumed that the next MMO game from Blizzard (the one code-named Project Titan) will be the one MMO that will finally take away players from Blizzard's hit MMO World of Warcraft. But according to Blizzard co-founder Frank Pearce it could be another upcoming game from the developer that could pull World of Warcraft players away.

Talking to Gamasutra he states, "I think even a shorter-term concern is whether or not we might see cannibalization of WoW players from Diablo III when we launch it, because it's a similar type of experience. Not exactly similar, but it's that RPG feel." Pearce doesn't have an issue with this happening, saying, " ... because if we cannibalize them ourselves, they're still a Blizzard customer." Now all we need for Blizzard to do is give Diablo III a release date.

Big Download's News Bits & Bytes - February 18

A time-travel game, a game filled with dinosaurs, a game about a zombie apocalypse, a game about modern day fairy tales, an "M" rated animated cop game, and a revival of a classic adventure game series. Is Telltale the most varied game developer in terms of its settings or what?

Diablo III reveals male "Trent Reznor" version of Demon Hunter character

Last October during BlizzCon, Blizzard revealed the final playable character for its long awaited action-RPG sequel Diablo III, the Demon Hunter. However only the female version of that character was shown at the show. Now Eurogamer has posted up the first look of the male version of the Demon Hunter character.

Blizzard went through a number of designs for the male Demon Hunter class before coming up with its final version; a lean, mean fighting machine. The game's senior designer Jason Bender is quoted as saying, "He's got a modern sensibility in that regard. I think of Trent Reznor when I look at him." The arrival of the male Demon Hunter means that all of Diablo III's characters and genders have been revealed.

Reported Diablo III screenshots from 2005 pop up

Diablo III was officially annouced by Blizzard way back in June 2008. However, even before that date there were rumors (never confirmed by the developer) that a third game in the company's action-RPG series was under development at its Blizzard North offices who were in charge of the first two games in the series. However Blizzard decided to shut down Blizzard North's San Fransisco Bay offices in 2005.

Now Kotaku has posted up some screenshots that it claims comes from a build of that earlier version of Diablo III. Unfortunately the site has not offered up any info on where these shots came from so we will have to take the site at its word. If these are indeed real shots from that earlier version of the game it shows an art style that is more in line with the first two games in the series rather than the more colorful version that Blizzard eventually announced three years later.

Diablo 3 out by end of 2011? Blizzard president says, "That's our goal"

Diablo 3 was the subject of some internet buzz earlier this week as publisher Activision Blizzard hedged its bets on predicting when Blizzard's long awaited action-RPG sequel would finally be be released. The company announced on Wednesday that its financial predictions currently don't include a release of Diablo 3 by the end of 2011.

However, when asked by Kotaku if Diablo 3 would in fact be out by the end of 2011 Blizzard co-founder and president Michael Morhaime replied, "We really, really hope so. That's our goal." He added, "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." However he also said, "But you know, at the end of the day, we are going to get it right. That's more important."

In May 2009, Morhaime made a similar statement when he told investors just before E3 that Blizzard hoped to get StarCraft II out by the end of that year. Just a few months later, however, Blizzard announced that the game would not make it out by the end of 2009. It ended up being released in late July 2010.

Diablo III not yet on Activision Blizzard's 2011 release schedule

Diablo III fans who were hoping that the long awaited action-RPG sequel from Blizzard would be released in 2011 will not be happy with today's news. During Activsion Blizzard's conference call with investors today, execs said that projected earnings for the publisher don't include the release of Diablo III during 2011.

That means that while the game might still make it out this year the publisher doesn't want to take any chances and promise a 2011 release date for the game and then have the game be delayed into 2012. Activision did say that if a delay happens than there will likely be two Blizzard games out in 2012. It's not clear if the second Blizzard game would be a new World of Warcraft expansion pack or StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. During the Q&A Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime stated only that development of the game was going well and that more info on the title, including when the Diablo III beta will begin, will be announced in the future.

BlizzCon 2011 announced for October 21-22

BlizzCon has now become a truly annual event for developer Blizzard Entertainment. Since the first fan event was held in 2005 it has only skipped 2006 during its short history. Today Blizzard announced that the sixth BlizzCon event will be held on October 21-22 at its long time home of the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

Fans can expect to see panels about current and upcoming Blizzard games at BlizzCon 2011 along with the spectacular costume contest, vendors, tournaments and more. It's likely that Blizzard will use BlizzCon 2011 to show off content from StarCraft II Heart of the Swarm and its possible that the show will debut the fourth commercial expansion pack for the MMO World of Warcraft. The biggest question surrounds the long-in-development action-RPG Diablo III. Could the game actually be finished by the time BlizzCon 2011 rolls around or will it still be incomplete in late October 2011?

Tickets for BlizzCon 2011 will be sold at a still unannounced date with pricing yet to be revealed. It's likely that tickets will quickly sell out when they are offered as they have for the past BlizzCons.

Big Download's News Bits & Bytes - January 7

It was yet another busy day and capped off a very busy first full week of 2011. Oh, and the first big PC game of 2011 is due out next week (DC Universe Online). Geeze:

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