Diablo III pushed back to early 2012

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The release date for Diablo III, the long-awaited new installment in Blizzard's popular role-playing game series, has been pushed back to early next year. Blizzard hasn't provided a specific release date, and traditionally the company has been one to release things "when they're ready" rather than teasing dates for months on end.

"With every game we make, the temptation is always very strong to launch as soon as possible," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard. "The beta test [for Diablo III] is going very well, and we look forward to making the most of the extra time we're taking to deliver and 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."

This isn't all bad news, however; it means that the beta test, which started on September 20, will be extended and Blizzard will "potentially" be adding more testers than originally intended. If you want to be in with a chance of playing the upcoming action RPG early, log in to your Battle.net account and opt in to the beta program through your account management page.

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