Blizzard has never officially announced a ship date for Diablo III, so saying that the target date is now “Early 2012” is not really a slip.
…we didn’t put so many years of work into Diablo III to release a game that was almost ready.
A good enough reason for sure. The list of games that didn’t delay for that reason is pretty long, and many suffered for it.
Still, I will be interested to see the dark theories running around with the “real” reason for the “not a delay.” Did Blizzard fear being over shadowed by SWTOR? Are they maneuvering to try and rain on the Guild Wars 2 parade?
Anyway, this is something of a blow to the instance group, which has been on hiatus since late spring due to the lack of interest in Cataclysm and any other MMORPG. There was a hope that Diablo III was one of the games that could potentially get us back together and playing as a group this fall.
And where the heck is Torchlight II these days? That was estimated as “some time in 2011” at one point? Is that headed to 2012 as well?