Quote fromSo, before WoW's release, when they would have a major release every year with less than a fifth of the current development staff and less than a tenth of the current revenue - what was that? Did games like Diablo, Starcraft, Diablo 2, Brood War, Lord of Destruction suck? :confused:
Games have become more and more labor intensive, for example you can't really compare making the graphics for a monster in Diablo 1 with making a 3d monster for Diablo 3.
And another point is that while all the games you mentioned didn't suck, it is well documented that quite a lot of features were cut from all of them, due to a time limitation -which incidentally happens to be the topic of this piece of news. If Blizzard had a year longer to develop Diablo 2, would it have been shipped with a better multi-player?
On top of those two points, I'm certain that with Diablo 3 Blizzard won't be satisfied with anything else but a better game compared to the earlier installment. Not just milking the cow some more.