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Blizzard: No one will remember if Diablo III is late

Fri 20 Jan 2012 10:37am GMT / 5:37am EST / 2:37am PST

Game director argues that releasing the right game is what's important

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Blizzard's Diablo III director Jay Wilson has shared his thoughts on Diablo III's release date in a blog post on the game's official site.

"No one will remember if the game is late, only if it's great," he argued in response to suggestions Blizzard should speed up the game's release.

"While working on Diablo III we've been called out for messing around with systems too much, that the game is good as-is and we should just release it. I think that's a fair argument to make, but I also think it's incorrect. Our job isn't just to put out a game, it's to release the next Diablo game."

He went on to explain some of the game lay changes that are currently being implemented, including changes to character attributes, removing scrolls of identification and changing the way items work.

"We want Diablo III to be the best game it can be when it launches. To get there, we're going to be iterating on designs we've had in place for a long time," he added.

"Our hope is that by embracing our iterative design process in which we question ourselves and our decisions, Diablo III won't just live up to our expectations, but will continue to do so a decade after it's released."

News from South Korea also suggests the game is facing trouble with the local ratings boards.

14 Comments

Andreas Gschwari
Senior Games Designer

558 607 1.1
It's ready when it's ready. Obviously it's easy for Blizzard to follow that mantra, as they have the cash, but as a gamer i agree with Jay Wilson. I rather have quality, whenever it's ready, than get a game with lots of bugs or missing content that was rushed out the door.

Not every developer has that luxury, but it sure is good that some have.

Posted:2 years ago

#1

Mark Gilbert
Games Designer

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Jay Wilson does make a good point however as with all games that are in the eye of the public there is an amount of hype that goes with it. This is being increased by the multitude of D3 Beta vids that are around right now etc.

Should they wait too long that hype will eventually dissipate as the focus of the crowd moves onto something else so when it does come out the buying public have to make a decision about buying D3 or that other game that currently has their hype.

Posted:2 years ago

#2

Andreas Gschwari
Senior Games Designer

558 607 1.1
@Mark: that is very true for the majority of games. Creating hype too early can end up in the hype dissipating by launch. However i do think that Diablo 3 (and blizzard games in general) don't have that problem.

Posted:2 years ago

#3

Klaus Preisinger
Freelance Writing

1,097 1,058 1.0
He is right, i totally forgot whether Duke Nukem Forever was released on time or not. Anyone have any details?

Posted:2 years ago

#4
Reading about their latest game iterations (minor tweaks and removing content), I begin to doubt that perfection is the reason for D3's delay ....

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Gnud Rehnquister on 20th January 2012 11:40am

Posted:2 years ago

#5

John Donnelly
Quality Assurance

313 38 0.1
Gund,

Its not uncommon for some content to be removed from a title late in to development.
I can mean it just do not fit in to the game or its not as good as they though it would be.
I would not read too much in to comments like that when reading about a game like D3.

Posted:2 years ago

#6

Rick Lopez
Illustrator, Graphic Designer

1,269 942 0.7
Im ok with blizzard releasing the game late as long as its as good as it can possibly be. Skyrim dissapointed me with all the bugs despite being a good game. It felt unpolished and couldnt complete some objectives due to bugs. I dont think blizzard will lose many gamers and potential buyers if they release it later. they have built a good reputation and when they release there games people know it will almost be a great game.

Posted:2 years ago

#7

Peter Dwyer
Games Designer/Developer

481 290 0.6
Given the trend of download content and add on packs it's highly likely that this removed content will make an appearance as DLC at some later date. I'm already jaded from this kind of crap after the recent games and batman arkham city fiasco.

We do remember late games by the way and I'm simply not swallowing the hype on this one. I stopped waiting for Diablo 3 a while ago and I seriously doubt I'm a day one purchaser anymore. May wait for the 360 version or something but, who knows...

Posted:2 years ago

#8

Luke Salvoni
Co-Founder & iOS Developer

65 4 0.1
Paragraph 4:
game lay changes

Also: (same paragraph)
... that are currently being implemented, including changes ...

Should read "include" surely?

Posted:2 years ago

#9
@john: sure it's not uncommon. And it wouldn't bother me at all if I could believe any longer the delay is because of such "polishing" actions.

But most of these isssues could easily be fixed with a release date announced or even a release day patch. And removing mediocre content should help to speed things up further (if it's not good enough for a release und you remove it, then it shouldn't be a problem any more, right?). So what things remain to be done to make D3 a perfect release? And perfect for the players or for Blizzard? It's not neccesarily the same .....

If i had to guess: it's something not related to the actual gameplay such as the real money auction house or problems with Paypal.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Gnud Rehnquister on 20th January 2012 4:03pm

Posted:2 years ago

#10

Sam Maxted
Journalist / Community / Support

155 65 0.4
I'm pretty sure that people will remember that it was a great game eventually, if - as it probably will - the final product turns out well. Thanks to its fanbase, Blizzard is one of the few companies in the industry that can survive delays like this without a major hit to sales. Even so, they probably have their marketing guys tearing their hair out each time D3 gets pushed back and their schedule changes again.

Posted:2 years ago

#11

Alfonso Sexto
Lead Tester

807 637 0.8
He's quite right so... "In Lord of Terror we Trust" I guess ;)

Posted:2 years ago

#12

gi biz
;,pgc.eu

341 51 0.1
I think I forgot it was coming out :/

Posted:2 years ago

#13

DAVID WESTLAKE
Studying BA Design for Games

2 0 0.0
Speaking from a customers point of view; I don't think there's anything more disappointing/frustrating then per-ordering a game & waiting hours to download the bugger -only to find that it doesn't run properly (viz. Civ5, RAGE, & Skyrim) I for one would rather see D3 released later... minus bugs.

Posted:2 years ago

#14

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