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.