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Diablo 3 Expansions: Too Soon to Speculate?

Posted 7 Feb 2013 by

The Diablo 3 expansion talk keeps rolling with some replies from EU CM Vaneras about why it’s not too soon to talk about it, and to lament over content that didn’t get into D3 but may yet appear in D3X.

it waaaay to soon for an expansion
Hmm… that really depends on who you ask ;-)

For me, it depends on what the expansion offers.
This is a very sensible stance to take I think, especially for those who are sceptical about the expansion and the future of Diablo III. Reading reviews and viewing gameplay footage and streams beforehand should be a good help for evaluating whether or not the expansion will be to your liking.

It is not a bad idea to wait and see before making your decision, especially since the contents of the expansions have yet to be revealed :-)

You advise to wait and see before making a decision… it’s not going to be the same case scenario where we are shown trailers of lots of excellent things and exciting content, only to have lots of it removed on release?
Vaneras: I do not think that it will be the same case scenario at all if those people who are concerned or sceptical about the expansion wait until after it has been released before they make their decision.

In regards to your concern about removed content – I can agree that it is unfortunate when this happens; it is a sucky feeling indeed when content you were personally looking forward to doesn’t happen as originally announced. It is impossible for me to predict if the developers will feel it necessary to remove or postpone content for one reason or another after we have already shown it in previews or sneak-peaks, but I am confident that we will do our best to accurately show you guys what the expansion is about and how it plays before it is released.

In general though, the impressions and reviews of any game or expansion are typically most accurate after release, which is due to the fact that a greater number of people get their hands on them to do appraisals or gameplay videos and streams. So again, if you are concerned about the Diablo III expansion, if you are not sure that it will be to your liking, then the logical option would be to wait and see how it plays out before deciding if you will be getting it or not :-)

Leaked Blizzard Product schedule.

Leaked Blizzard Product schedule.

Blizzard (Irvine) is much slower in game dev these days, but consider that the D2 expansion went into beta testing 8 months after D2’s release, and was released 12 months after the original game and no, it’s not anywhere near too soon to talk about the Diablo 3 expansion. I think we’ll see D3X announced at Blizzcon 2013, and hope all the post-release work to fix D3 (that delayed the PvP so badly) didn’t also set back the Expansion.

I never seriously believed they’d make the 18 month deadlines they set out in that leaked Blizzard product schedule. Anyone who did should reflect upon how long each of the WoW and Starcraft 2 expansions have taken, but 24-28 months for D3X shouldn’t be out of the question…? The original projection of 18 months would have meant a December 2013 release. That’s improbable, but maybe Summer or Fall of 2014? (Yes, it helps to forget that D3 took 12 years and got a last minute delay of another 5 months after Blizzard had “late 2012″ all but set in stone.)


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