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Heart of the swarm is suppose to be coming out soon, but do you think the Diablo 3 delay could delay it even more? It is 18 months later & we do not even hear that the HoTS beta is somewhat close to being finished.
Article states that project director Greg Canessa assumes that it would come out in April 2012.
Article states Spring 2012:
There have been +20 articles coming out today about a free to play game that is being released soon. Blizzard responded that this game is Blizzard DOTA which will come out on the Blizzard arcade. Source:
Keep in mind that Blizzard arcade is suppose to be released with HOTS. Source: http://www.joystiq.com/2011/10/25/blizzard-dota-coming-soon-to-a-new-platform-called-blizzard-arc/
Soon could mean anything, but with Blizzard is supposely announcing important news March 9th during the Q4 2011 Financial call. Keep in mind this just could be a beta release date. Source confirmed by a MVP about HOTS release date: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/4079872560
Edited by jsb on 2/23/2012 5:28 PM PST
I really hope that is true but fear it is not, Acti-Blizzard is probably focusing on getting D3 out and is taking there sweet time. Also the WoW community will start to moan about the MoP Beta Access from the Annual Pass so MoP might take priority as well. I would love to see further comfirmation on an April 2012 release though!
1. Blizzard will never try to compete with its own products. Ever. Thus, expect a 3 month (at the very least) gap between games released.
2. There are three new games from Blizzard being release this year, WoW:MoP, D3, and HotS.
3. D3 will be first because it's the farthest along in development. Expect a D3 announcement in a few weeks and release in March.
4. WoW makes Blizzard like 90% of their money, they're not going to make the same mistake they did with ICC, and they will definitely release MoP before everyone's annual pass runs out, so that means it will be release before October; probably released sometime this summer.
5. Therefor, HotS will be released sometime late this year, like November. Delaying a SC2 expansion doesn't really cost them anything, maybe slightly less sales when release but I doubt it. Delaying MoP means SIGNIFICANTLY less revenue each month.
TL;DR April will not happen.
They're one of the few companies that have stuck to their guns and haven't simplified their game for the lowest common denominator, made pricey DLC (In fact, all their DLC is free) and routinely polish their games to the absolute highest possible standard, as opposed to rushing them out every six months or year with no innovation.
Hardly abusive, I'd say.
Not so sure about that. The fact they've had to send out so many patches solely to fix glitches that should've been caught after three years of development suggests they're as quick to push product of quality control as anyone.
You will never find a game that is released without glitches. Ever. Besides, the majority of patches are minor balance tweaks, or add features, both of which are community services. One could compare Blizzard to another RTS company I love: Relic. Blizzard is fairly balanced out of the gate, has no game-breaking exploits and I have yet to have the game crash on me even once. When Dawn of War: SoulStorm was released, it was horribly imbalanced (As it was from Dark Crusade), had an exploit that allowed one race to muster a rapid and infinitely exploitable economy and to this day is still prone to lock-ups and crashes. First patch that came through for it? Three weeks. A patch to get rid of the game-breaking economy trick? Almost six months. This is ignoring stuff like Starjewelled, Auir Chef, Left 2 Die and Blizzard DOTA, all of which Blizzard spends devellopment time on, only to turn around and give the fans for free - something which almost no other company these days does.
If you're honestly arguing that Blizzard is hard on it's fans, you're being entirely too demanding. Blizzard is a beacon of fan service.
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