Diablo III might be out this year

A screenshot of Diablo III (image: Blizzard)

As one of the most-anticipated games of the year, game maker Blizzard said that they are working as hard as they can to release Diablo III before the year is over, but can’t commit to a date yet.

Blizzard is famous for setting release dates that they know they can stick to, and won’t release a product if they aren’t completely happy with it.

“We are still working hard to ship [Diablo 3] before the end of the year, but we are not ready to commit to a release date at this time.

The timing on the Diablo 3 release date will come down to a lot of moving parts in putting out a complex release,” said Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime.

Morhaime added that they will only work out a preliminary release date after the game has gone through beta testing and the new auction house function has been properly tested.

“We talked about the new auction house technology which has not been fully tested. We’re not yet in beta, and it’s just going to come down to when the game is ready for primetime. So, we’ll know more when we hit beta and when we’ve put some of these new systems into test.”

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor