Weapon Throw, Q1 Not Confirmed, Bashiok on Beta Timeline and Demo, BestBuy Release Countdown

Diablo 3 Countdown?

UPDATE - It appears the sign has now been removed! (source)
Update 3:
It gets more interesting! When we called the Rochester, Minnesota Best Buy this morning, a manager explained that the sign has been taken down as a directive from the store's "GM" (general manager), not because the manufacturer had asked but because the manufacturer has been "not very firm" in picking a launch date. As many had guessed (per the misspelling of "February," among other things), the signage was made in-house and not sent by Blizzard. If you happen to spot any similar signage in your local big box retailer, don't hesitate to contact us!


A lot of hype is going around today about the BestBuy countdown banner at one of their stores. It is counting down to February 1st, midnight release. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. We have had many blue posts saying retailers will not know the release date before we do. We also have (read above) a blue post saying they like to give us a few months warning before a title comes out. Bashiok also replied about this on twitter today.



Official Blizzard Quote:



whats the word on this? http://t.co/dqQ8mt7G
The word is lol. (source)

yeah, but its on their website, and the forums are blowing up. ill admit i got excited for the first time in a long time.
Retailers will not know a date until its officially announced through a press release.(source)

you guys really need to let best buy know...unless im missing something here
We can't really keep every individual retail shop from making up a date.(source)





Barbarian - Runed Weapon Throw
Today we have DiabloWiki.com - Weapon Throw Weapon Throw for the Barbarian. The Indigo rune has been left out in this video. Also, its very important to note that these skills may be missing some effects/graphics. PLEASE keep this in mind while watching.





Diablo 3 Not Confirmed for Q1
Bashiok posted quickly. last night. that he had made a mistake by saying Q1 and that the game is still on track for "early" 2012.


Official Blizzard Quote:



Sorry I wasn't intending to imply anything by writing first quarter, just an honest mistake. Our official target is still "early 2012". Not sure if it makes too much difference one way or the other, but I don't want people to nitpick a mistake. :)





Bashiok on When Beta Ends and Demo
Bashiok posted on the legacy forums last night stating that the beta probably wont be ending until close to the release of the game. He also says in this same post, that they usually try to let us know two months in advanced for release dates.


Official Blizzard Quote:



We probably won't end beta until shortly before release, and traditionally we've tried to announce release dates about two months before release. I couldn't speculate how invites might ramp up or down when the beta finally comes to a close, it definitely is not coming to a close yet though.

Bashiok did say there was a strong possibility of a demo after release
We'll probably make a trial edition at some point. It's sort of a demo I suppose, but it's a bit better because it's essentially the full game just with locks put on certain areas. So you'd be able to jump into multiplayer games with your friends, but maybe you wouldn't be able to play beyond a certain place and wouldn't have access to all the game systems (certainly not auction houses) but if you choose to buy the game all that stuff just unlocks.

Comments

  • #1 Jifo_Urni
    Is the barb throwing zombies? Looks like yet another silly idea. :S
  • #2 Jifo_Urni
    Is the barb throwing zombies? Looks like yet another silly idea. :S
  • #3 Molster
    Quote from Eggtchup

    Is the barb throwing zombies? Looks like yet another silly idea. :S

    its actually a BA ability

    Keep in mind, he can only throw one normal (it uses all his fury) also a corpse would need to be on the groupd for him to grab
  • #4 dadish
    .... Barb = Thor ?? discuss.
  • #5 Jifo_Urni
    Quote from Molster

    Quote from Eggtchup

    Is the barb throwing zombies? Looks like yet another silly idea. :S

    its actually a BA ability

    Keep in mind, he can only throw one normal (it uses all his fury) also a corpse would need to be on the groupd for him to grab

    It sounds better when you put it like that. :)
  • #6 Wetwlly
    It's unknown if there really needs to be a corpse on the ground, but I can tell you that you can throw more than just zombies. As the developer who made the barbarian script so far, like you said, I am missing a couple animations from these skills. Working on barbarian Weapon Throw Rune_B right now.
  • #7 Prosthesy
    Haha, you guys realize that Best Buy sign says "Feburary" right?
    I smell fish.
  • #8 Molster
    Quote from Prosthesy

    Haha, you guys realize that Best Buy sign says "Feburary" right?
    I smell fish.

    yep.. its a bestbuy promotional item..
  • #9 snared04drummer
    Translation "Oh. hahaha, no you misunderstood me. I meant to say "we'll release it when we feel like it" I'm sorry for your confusion. Retailers? Why would we tell them anything. Good talking with you.
  • #10 Mykungfu
    "Sorry I wasn't intending to imply anything by writing first quarter, just an honest mistake. Our official target is still "early 2012". Not sure if it makes too much difference one way or the other, but I don't want people to nitpick a mistake. :)"

    Is it just me, or is this Blizzard talk for;"yeah, I totally mean't we wanted it released in the first quarter, but we just realized that's not going to happen so we'll call it a misunderstanding."

    Edit: @ snared04drummer you beat me to it by mere seconds! But I'm glad it's not just my interpretation! haha
  • #11 Uldyssian
    Well hopefully we will get some updates on systems again... It's beyond boring at this point sitting around waiting for them to test and rework the same systems that have been in flux since 2008. I mean... at what point does all that iteration start to muddy the overall enjoyment of the game. The longer they wait the more dated the game will feel. I'm starting to feel that we will get a game packed with content that doesn't end up having much heart. I felt that way with SC2, it was full of fun things but the pieces didn't add up for me. I hope I am wrong and will probably revert right back to an avid Diablo fanboy when I am playing but they have done wonders to reduce the excitement I have for the game.
  • #12 fxspower
    the axes spin horisontally 0.o
  • #13 Wetwlly
    Quote from fxspower

    the axes spin horisontally 0.o


    oddly enough thats how they chose to do the animation haha..
  • #14 Molster
    if you are indeed the real wetwlly You are an amazing person! Just so you know, hands down amazing.
  • #15 Wetwlly
    Alright, not fully scripted. but you get what I mean by Indigo Rune and the other fallen foes that you throw in my video :)
    "skinny zombie, diablo fiend(?) and regular zombie" hahaa..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVnAn9d0_kk
    This is Weapon Throw in Slow Motion, showing all 5 runes.

    horrify video as well incoming, ChatGem i like your videos better than mine haha.. ill give you the heads up when we start to code some pets and hirelings and maybe even some more monsters ;) (considering i can spot some thousand pounder effects in the files hehe)
  • #16 Molster

    horrify video as well incoming, ChatGem i like your videos better than mine haha.. ill give you the heads up when we start to code some pets and hirelings and maybe even some more monsters ;) (considering i can spot some thousand pounder effects in the files hehe)


    That would be so great! yeah Im refreshing your page daily to see what you have added. its big time nice being able to view some new stuff while we wait for a release date =D
  • #17 Wetwlly
    with more than 2 more months to go, we will definitely be seeing more stuff, such as more higher level (pet-oriented) spells [Gargantuan! oooo he's going to be fun!] and lots more monsters once we get the framework done.
  • #18 Legilimens
    The spell looks lame....I know not every spell needs to be over-the-top, Jerry Bruckheimer style, but the animations don't even look good or well timed. Here's to hoping this one is still being tweaked.

    Cheers.
  • #19 rawerpower
    If I'd be in US I'd "bash" Bashiok, atleast on forums.
    The guy hasn't said a good thing on forums that ain't a dev quote, affirmation retracted couple of posts after, lie, PR stunt, old news or troll joke since forever.
  • #20 Wingless
    Q1 *is* early 2012. Anything beyond that is "first half of 2012". So either they don't know how a calendar works or they have already decided to push it further. Not sure which is most plausible.
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