More Diablo III On The Way, Thanks To Unnamed Expansion

Posted by Bob Muir on Nov 8, 2012 in Videogames |

Diablo III

Okay, so Diablo III might not have set the world on fire when it came out earlier this year. The game certainly sold well enough, but between simplified skill trees, a completely unnecessary always-online requirement, and numerous other issues, Blizzard’s highly anticipated follow-up didn’t capture gamers’ hearts. With competition like Torchlight II and the availability of Diablo II, it’s questionable whether gamers will still be playing what many think is a short-lived game years from now. Maybe some additional content would fix that?

Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime revealed in an earnings call that an expansion for Diablo III was in the works. It is so far unnamed, and in classic Blizzard fashion, nothing details were given. There was no timetable given, which means Blizzard is still operating under their usual MO of “when it’s done,” which works for them much better than it did for 3D Realms with Duke Nukem Forever. Still, this news may be provide the incentive fans need to stick with the game, and I’d imagine once it does release, many of those who left will return to see what is different.

Activision’s CEO Bobby Kotick also chimed in with what is more important news for investors: Diablo III sold over 10 million copies in North America and Europe. With numbers like that, I’d imagine that it’s hard to feel too bad about gamers not sticking around long after they beat the game.

Source: Joystiq

“We do have an expansion planned for Diablo [3], I don’t have any timeline to talk about. I think the most important thing for us always comes down to the quality of the expansion and the gameplay, so that will be a big factor in terms of driving our schedule.”

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