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Diablo 3 to release 'Early 2012' - Hell freezes over

Slip from 2011 to extend closed beta test, says Blizzard

Blizzard's confirmed a release window for its long in development dungeon crawler Diablo III, which will now launch on PC in "early 2012".

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The game was previously expected to release sometime in 2011, but Blizzard says it's not ready to release a game that's only "almost ready".

The developer will use the additional construction time to extend the Diablo III closed beta test, which began September 20, potentially adding more testers than initially projected, it says.

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"With every game we make, the temptation is always very strong to launch as soon as possible. However, we didn't put so many years of work into Diablo III to release a game that was almost ready," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment.

"The beta test is going very well, and we look forward to making the most of the extra time we're taking to deliver an experience that lives up to our vision for the game and the expectations of our players. Next year is going to be an incredibly busy one for Blizzard, and we hope an incredibly fun one for Blizzard gamers."

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