[Official] Release Date Speculation Thread

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    A specific date has not yet been announced and is not yet known.

    What This Means
    No release date is currently known. In the meantime, please do not post threads about bogus or unfounded release dates. Such threads will be closed or deleted unless significant new information is present in the discussion.


    Preordering
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    The release date that you see on any online retail site for Diablo III is a tentative filler date that is not based on anything known or revealed. No release date is known by anyone except Blizzard until the company chooses to announce it to the public, in which case there will be a news thread here on DiabloFans.

    What This Means
    We know that various high-profile online stores have a preorder option availible for Diablo III, as well as a tentative filler date. In the meantime, please do not post threads about preorder dates or using them for a basis of estimating a release date. Such threads will be closed or deleted unless significant new information is present in the discussion.

    Official Blizzard Quote:



    Bashiok: Hah. So Amazon.de has the super secret inside scoop of release dates and Amazon.com doesn't? That's rich. Why would we tell any retailer a release date? Let alone a German specific outlet of a single retailer?

    Retailers will find out the release date the same time you do.

    Keep all release date discussion and speculation in this thread.

    Thanks,
    The DiabloFans Team
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    Uhm, can i correct you that some opt-ins actually have gotten invites?
    Went outside today, the graphics were ok. But the gameplay sucked
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    This post is under construction.
  • #4
    You guys seem to love these threads, so going to make a sticky were you all can go crazy with any speculation, and any pre-order date posting...w/e you guys like. Go cray.
  • #5
    JANUARY 17TH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Edit: No, maybe January 24th?

    Edit 2: Mmmm perhaps February 17th?

    Edit 3: Yeah definitely somewhere in Jan-April... <_
  • #6
    If it's in the Q1, then I'll be happy.
  • #7
    The sooner the better... but any time after April and people are going to go ape shit on Blizzard =O
  • #8
    Between 27 and 31 januari. Why? Because i'm not home these days.
  • #9
    April 1st.
  • #10
    The Collector's Edition still doesn't have a date yet:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0050SZC5U/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=httpbetterand-20

    The Book of Cain releases this month in the US:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1608870634/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=httpbetterand-20

    But the international version will release Feb 7th, which will hopefully :) coincide with the game's release date. Which would be about 2 months later, after the release date announcement on Dec 10th. *I can dream*

    http://www.vg247.com/2011/11/29/diablo-iii-book-of-cain-to-release-in-us-december-13-internationally-february-7/
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    Official Blizzard Quote:



    Bashiok: Hah. So Amazon.de has the super secret inside scoop of release dates and Amazon.com doesn't? That's rich. Why would we tell any retailer a release date? Let alone a German specific outlet of a single retailer?

    Retailers will find out the release date the same time you do.

    Retailer release date conspiracies, the end.
  • #12
    Was just about to post that quote too Verity, really glad Bash debunked that stupid idea.
    Ne frustra vixisse videar.
  • #13
    Quote from Moxx

    Was just about to post that quote too Verity, really glad Bash debunked that stupid idea.


    Aye, it's what they always do.. I mean when was the last time a specific retailer actually got inside information on any release date unless they were partnering with the game developers?

    So it's good to see an official statement just to put all the rumors down.
  • #14
    Definitely, and I wish Blizzard would do it more than they do (maybe I just don't follow the blue posts well enough). His sarcastic tone just underlines how ridiculous this idea is. :)
    Ne frustra vixisse videar.
  • #15
    How about a stickied release date speculation thread? Cause every one get closed...I think. Haven't seen one in a while.
  • #16
    Quote from MonkManD3

    How about a stickied release date speculation thread? Cause every one get closed...I think. Haven't seen one in a while.


    thats what this was for, I just named it pre-order as thats what people kept trying to base everything off of, Ill switch the title.
  • #17
    Quote from Molster

    Quote from MonkManD3

    How about a stickied release date speculation thread? Cause every one get closed...I think. Haven't seen one in a while.


    thats what this was for, I just named it pre-order as thats what people kept trying to base everything off of, Ill switch the title.

    YEAH!!!

    Here it goes:

    As you might know, Blizz likes to hint at release dates or just random silly stuff the community have to figure out themselves (probably to give us something to ponder/argue/decipher about other than when the fucking game will be released and people spamming forums with all these speculation threads...Ha).

    1. The Starcow Level thing on the Diablo 3 beta page. They didn't say anything about the secret link until the community started asking question. Bli blo bla into the future: so the password ended up being starcow, and it showed Nyan Cow vid ect. You know the story.

    2. The Cataclysm release date was first hinted on Oct 4 2010 by Mekkatorque in a "Azeroth Bulletin":

    Speaking to a small conglomerate of various Alliance representatives, Mekkatorque pointed out that the time to strike is now. After all, Thermaplugg has eluded death for years to keep his reign over Gnomeregan; and with the fall of the Lich King, the last great threat to the citizens of Azeroth, the chance of any cataclysmic event taking place in the foreseeable future is "less than 12.7%" Mekkatorque's leading combat medical advisor Doc Cogspin purported.


    Cataclysm was then released on Des 7th 2010. 12.7% - 12th month, 7th day hence Des 7th. The official release date announcement by Blizz was on the 12th of Oct, 8 days after the "hint".

    Soooo, with this screenshot of the RMAH:



    You'll see Blizz gave themselves $223.32 Beta Bucks. Sooo maybe this translates to the 2nd month, 23de day hence Feb 23 2012. This is quite a long shot but this is what this thread is for! And since Blizz released the Currency-Based Auction House Beta Testing article on Des 1 2011 and the VGA's is occurring on the 10th of Des 2011, that's 9 days after the "possible D3 release date". The Cataclysm official release date was announced 8 days after its "hint" and was officially released a little over 2 months after the announcement.

    So this maybe suggest that Blizz will announce the release date of D3 at the VGA awards. And a "little" over 2 months after the hint it can perhaps just be the 23de of Feb.

    Thoughts.
  • #18
    I put my money on a mid/late March release.
  • #19
    February 7th.
  • #20
    Best Buy CE Preorder

    Best Buy's sight says the 1st of February. Sounds reasonable.
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