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Blizzard: Diablo III Launch Moved Into Early 2012

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The launch window for the highly-anticipated Diablo III will be moving into early 2012, according to an announcement today by Blizzard.

"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."

Blizzard will use the additional time to extend the Diablo III closed beta test, which began September 20, potentially adding more testers than initially projected. Players who have an active Battle.net account with any Blizzard game attached to it should visit Battle.net account management to opt in for a chance to participate in the beta test. Additional testing phases, as well as further details regarding the launch plans for the game, will be announced on the company's Diablo III community website.

The recent Close Beta invitations have led many to believe that Diablo III could actually launch in time for the 2011 holiday season, but today's announcement seems to have crushed those dreams for Diablo fans.

For those fans who haven't been invited to Beta, check out some gameplay footage from the hotly anticipated Diablo III.

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