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Diablo 3 Release Date Could Be Delayed

Tom Hopkins


South Korean game rating board could throw a spanner in Diablo 3's simultaneous worldwide release.

Published on Jan 4, 2012

[Update]
Diablo 3 Game Director Jay Wilson has confirmed that Asia is not holding the game back, adding "You'll see soon enough."

[Original story]
Diablo 3's release could be jeopardised by the most recent refusal by South Korea's Game Rating Board to pass the game for release in the country.

"Committee members are conflicted about what to do with Diablo 3 because of Blizzard’s information on the game’s ‘auction house’ feature," a board spokesman told Korea Times.

The high proportion of gamers in South Korea's population are huge fans of Blizzard's games Starcraft, WoW and Diablo, but Diablo 3's real-money auction house could represent a problem for the board which has strict guidelines to limit videogame gambling.

"In principle, we are always committed to a global release," a spokesperson for Blizzard said.

Diablo 3 is currently in closed beta, while Blizzard has yet to set a final release date for the action-RPG.

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