It's no coincidence that at 5:35 a.m. on the day after Blizzard announces D3 will be pushed to "early 2012" I had an email from SWTOR announcing a 12/20/11 release date.
Whether it was the late addition of the RMAH, the inexplicable problems with the DH class and resource system (after this much internal testing), the bizarre confusion of so many "placeholder" items (that they now have to backtrack off their website), the lack of a complete skill list (but they released a skill calculator... what?), the latest tinkering with the rune system... they just gave away the holiday season high ground to their competition.
In the end, I think this benefits both companies not competing with each other at the same time, but I think EA came out on top in this one.
I don't know...maybe they didn't want to lose subs to Star Wars and their own game...but I wonder how many people waiting to play D3 have, like myself, already canceled their WoW subs, or will be doing so in anticipation?
I will say this, it is probably not related, but I am sure some of the powers that be are not unhappy with the delay, if it saves them a few months of subs.
I'm not trying SWTOR and still playing WoW for some length of time until D3 comes out. I'm not sure I'll stay playing it until D3 launches or quit it sooner, but I'm definitely not playing WoW anymore once D3 is out.
Both of these announcements bummed me out, I was hoping SWTOR would be out earlier than that. I've pre-ordered SWTOR so I'll have early access, but I don't imagine it'll be any more than a week ahead of time. Having my beta app in for SWTOR since '09 hasn't helped my chances of getting in either...