The Diablo III beta is already underway, and plenty of lucky gamers are already testing it out. (Are you one of them?) But Blizzard just announced today that they were going to push the release of the full game into early 2012.
"With every game we make, the temptation is always very strong to launch as soon as possible. However, we didn't put so many years of work into Diablo III to release a game that was almost ready," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "The beta test is going very well, and we look forward to making the most of the extra time we're taking to deliver an 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."
In order to make the best game possible, Blizzard will be extending the beta that began September 20, and will add even more testers than they'd originally planned. So if you want in, and you've got an active Battle.net account, just head on over to their website to apply for the beta test. Who knows you might just get lucky!