As expected, the Activision Blizzard fourth quarter calendar 2011 results conference call didn’t give a specific release date for Diablo 3 although there were a few interesting comments that lead us to believe Diablo 3 will not be coming out in Q1 2012.
- “The company’s first quarter 2012 outlook does not incorporate a new release from Blizzard Entertainment, but its calendar year 2012 outlook anticipates two releases from Blizzard Entertainment. “
- “Q1 2012 Blizzard earnings will be down from last year”.
Mike Morhaime mentioned they are ”targeting Q2 launch” for Diablo 3. This means the earliest release date for Diablo 3 would fall in the months of April, May, and June in 2012.
Finally we have an update from Bashiok regarding the news of Diablo 3 being pushed back to at least Q2 2012.
We’ve only ever said “early 2012″. And we just decided we’d need until Q2 this week. Seems like the conference call was as good a place as any to announce that.