Update: Diablo III Planned for Q2 2012
The biggest and only news we received during the call is that Blizzard is shooting for a Q2 release date for Diablo III which could still put it in Bashiok's "early 2012" statement. Ranging from April - June, we are definitely getting close to release. They also mentioned that they will be releasing more information on the release date within the next few weeks.
We have implemented changes which will greatly improve the game experience and final release will live up to the highest expectations. We expect launch to be a big opportunity for Blizzard. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.
It'll be fine. We'll have some info real soon on skills and runes, a new patch, and we'll be cookin' on the road to Releaseville.
Can't we just enjoy eachothers company?
We've only ever said "early 2012". And we just decided we'd need until Q2 this week. Seems like the conference call was as good a place as any to announce that.
Other Blizzard News
Along with Diablo, Blizzard mentioned that they will also be trying to releasing another title this year. They are also still working on multiple titles such as their upcoming DOTA which will feature characters like the Witch Doctor as well as work on their new MMO.
It was reported that over 1 million subscribers in the West signed up for the WoW annual contract that included a free copy of Diablo III upon release as well as many other additional extras.
Activision Blizzard Q4 Conference Call
The Q4 call will be starting at 1:30 PST (about 25 mins from this post) You can view it live yourself here. We will be updating this article as new information is listed in the call.
The company's first quarter 2012 outlook does not incorporate a new release from Blizzard Entertainment, but its calendar year 2012 outlook anticipates two releases from Blizzard Entertainment.
Targeting a Q2 Release for Diablo 3 (keep in mind Q1 ends in march, this still could land in "early").
Beta Testing and Auction House testing going well.