After some impressive sales figures reported in Activision Blizzard’s third quarter 2012 financial results, Blizzard president Mike Morhaime confirms the development of a Diablo III expansion, but gives no expected release time frame.
As with Diablo and Diablo II, both titles which have received content add-ons a year after release, Diablo III seems to be following suit. While the timing cannot be confirmed to be similar, an expansion is, indeed, in the works, according to a recent Activision Blizzard investor call.
When asked about plans to expand Diablo III a year after release, Morhaime answered, “We do have a plan, an expansion plan for Diablo.” However, he added, “I don’t have any timeline to talk about. I think that the most important thing for us always comes down to the quality of the expansion, of the gameplay, and so that will be a big factor in terms of driving our schedule.”
Such was the case for Diablo III in the first place with a final release date being nailed down rather late in hopes to maximize the game’s standards of quality. Luckily, this attention to polish and shine seems to have paid off as Diablo III became the “#1 bestselling game in dollars and units on the PC in the U.S. and Europe,” according to the latest sales figures. Additionally, “for the third quarter, Blizzard Entertainment had two of the top five PC games with Diablo III and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria.”
Still, Diablo fans wait for the final pieces of the Diablo III package to arrive; in particular, player-versus-player arenas.
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