'Diablo III': Christmas Eve Release?


Posted March 9, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

'Diablo III'

Rumor of the day: Blizzard Entertainment's upcoming dungeon destroyer Diablo III is said to be coming on December 24 -- that's Christmas Eve, gentlemen and ladies.

A writer with Website Product-Reviews.com says he has spoken with designers who are working on the game. These unnamed designers have dropped the release date of the full game, as well as that of a multiplayer beta trial version. That's said to be coming on September 11.

The designers also dropped some specs for the game:

Operating System: Windows XP/ Vista
Processor: 1.4GHz or higher CPU.
RAM: 1Gb or more.
Video: 128Mb video card Dx9
Hard Drive Space: 4-8GB

Operating System: MacOS X 10.3 (Panther) or better.
Processor:1.6GHz or higher.
RAM: 1Gb or higher, DDR RAM recommended.
Video: 128mb ATI or NVIDIA video card
Hard Drive Space: 4-8 GB

I'm going to make a prediction here: I say both these dates will turn out to be wrong. While this might be reasonable as a window of time to put out Diablo III, I think it's unlikely that a company would release a title on Christmas Eve. Given the choice between December 24 and December 16 (say), anyone on earth would pick the earlier date in order not to miss holiday sales. This far out from the supposed release date, there's no way you'd plan on cutting off your own holiday sales that way.

As for September 11... Um, not the best date to release entertainment products, don't you think? What think you?


'Diablo III': Christmas Eve Release?


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