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Blizzard: Diablo 3 Unaffected by StarCraft 2 Delay, Two Releases Coming Next Year

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Despite the delay of StarCraft II into 2010, Blizzard says the release of Diablo III will not be affected by the shift.

"I will confirm that the move of StarCraft into 2010 does not affect the release schedules of any of our other games," said Blizzard president Mike Morhaime. When asked whether that means Diablo III and StarCraft II could both be released in 2010, as Blizzard had previously said to expect a major Blizzard release each year, Morhaime's response implied that possibility.

"We haven't announced any release dates on any future title. And I'll also reiterate that the [move of] StarCraft into next year does not impact the schedule," said Morhaime, who then, with a slight laugh, added: "And so it would be correct to conclude that you could expect two releases of Blizzard next year. But I will not make any conclusion as to what those titles will be."

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    August 5, 2009 2:31 PM

    Well, this sucks. I really wanted to have Starcraft II come out this year. Now I'll have to buy Dragon Age just to get a little variety from the onslaught of FPS releases. BioWare better not disappoint.

    I also wouldn't expect Diablo 3 next year. Probably another WoW expansion.

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      August 5, 2009 2:33 PM

      id guess the first two parts of starcraft 2 will debut in 2010 instead of one this year and the second the next. unless they have confirmed that all three parts will launch at the same time which i havent seen yet. they havent even announced a new wow expansion in the works yet which means theres well over a year of dev time for that also.

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        August 5, 2009 2:42 PM

        I would predict the Blizzard lineup to be the following:

        Starcraft II Terrans: Wings of Liberty - Early 2010
        World of Warcraft Expansion - Winter 2010
        Diablo III - Early 2011
        Starcraft II Zerg: Heart of the Swarm - Summer 2011
        Starcraft II Protoss: Legacy of the Void - Early 2012
        Diablo III Expansion - Summer 2012
        Unannounced MMO - Winter 2012

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          August 5, 2009 2:44 PM

          short of coming up with a 30 dollar charge to be able to fight arthas, there's no way they can have a wow expansion announced AND prepared for a 2010 release.

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            August 5, 2009 3:46 PM

            I think a game, much less an expansion pack being announced a year before release is an industry standard.

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            August 5, 2009 4:01 PM

            They are shooting for one expansion a year. Considering that WotLK came out in nov 2008, I think 2010 sounds very likely for the next one.

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              August 5, 2009 9:37 PM

              Yeah, WotLK came out about 1.5 years after TBC. 2010 sounds likely for the next WoW expansion.

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          August 5, 2009 7:14 PM

          We'll all be dead 2012!

          But I doubt that the Starcraft II campaigns will be THAT long between each

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      August 5, 2009 5:16 PM

      It's kind of good though, War 3 has new life!

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