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Blizzard calm Diablo III fans

Forum post was "obviously sarcastic".

Blizzard has moved to calm nervous fans after a post on the Battle.net forum put gamers on edge.

Diablo III is one of the most highly anticipated games in history, and recently the developer told fans they'd have to wait a little bit longer as the game was pushed back, with it now likely to surface from Blizzard's dungeon sometime in June.

With that in mind, you can imagine the dismay of fans when Micah ‘Bashiok' Whiple took the forum and expressed this sentiment: "I too worry that we won't be able to meet the expectations people have built up for themselves. Part of my job is managing people's expectations, so... eh... stop it. Stop thinking about how awesome this game could be."

"Just imagine it's a new M. Night Shyamalan movie. Sure Sixth Sense was amazing and Unbreakable had it's moments, but this right here is the sequel to The Village ... or The Happening ... or Signs ... or any of the movies besides the two I first mentioned. So just like, lower those expectations, but still definitely buy the game please, and everything will be just fine. K?"

Some fans didn't see the funny side and game director Jay Wilson had to step in, posting on the forum to reassure fans: "Some of you might have seen some headlines or a certain (obviously sarcastic) blue post that implies that we're unsteady about where Diablo III stands, and that you should temper your expectations when it comes to the next installment in the Diablo series. Let me be clear: Nothing could be further from the truth."

"As those of you in the beta have seen, the game is in good shape. Actually, I should say that the beta version of the game is in good shape. The latest full build we've been testing here in the office is in great shape."

He then added: "And by the way, we want you to have high expectations for Diablo III and all Blizzard games. That's what pushes us to try to make the best gaming experiences we possibly can. If Diablo III wasn't a worthy next instalment in the Diablo series, we wouldn't release it. That's the way we do it. That's the way we've always done it."

"As I've said many times in the recent past, we think Diablo III is coming along great and we can't wait for you to get your hands on it. We're doing all we can to ensure you have one hell of a time once you step foot in Sanctuary."

So nothing to worry about, but still plenty of time to wait.

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