Anyway, many people have said Blizzard needs 2 months between announcing the release date and the date itself. But is that really true? Why does Blizzard need to wait for retailers to get copies of the game?
I downloaded Cataclysm directly from Blizzard and started playing it shortly after 11pm (in Alaska) when the servers went live. I loved the option to download it and I will use the same system for D3. Since this option has been tested and proven to work, does Blizzard still need to wait for retailers?
Here's the idea: Blizzard could announce a digital exclusive release for March 6 (for example), meaning people would be able to purchase and download the game so they could play it at 12:01am on March 6. The retail release could be a week later, March 13, about 2 months from today, the 17th.
Financially, this makes a lot of sense. Buying it online costs the same as buying it retail, but retailers take a significant chunk of that price. Blizzard's profit margin is much higher for every game bought through the downloader than it is for games bought at retail. The retailers might complain about this, what could they do?
If you want a traditional disk and box, you could pay a little extra for shipping. You could buy the CE and download while it's getting shipped to you.
Yes, this is a crazy idea, probably won't happen, but it does make some sense. Would you like it if Blizzard went with a release like this?