When Blizzard Entertainment CEO Mike Morhaime and Activision Blizzard were ear-to-ear smiley during their financial results conference call last August, and hopeful for a Q4 2011 Diablo III release date, they weren't bluffing. It seems a large part of the Diablo III content was ironed out and submitted to some video game rating boards a few months ago.
The British Board of Film Classification slipped a game rating 15 for the Diablo III Collector's Edition DVD due to moderate violence, and .... (Vynil LP scratch sound F/X) ... wait, Collector's Edition DVD? It hasn't even been officially announced yet.
This is a rating for the Cinematics DVD and Behind-the-Scenes DVD contained within the Diablo III Collector's Edition. The shocker is the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) slated a release date of December 7, 2011. Was this an approximate internal release date of the game before Blizzard decided to ship 2012?
Release date: 07/12/2011 Consumer Advice: Contains moderate violence
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Main Language: English Distributor: Blizzard Entertainment SAS Classified: 07/10/2011 Submitted runtime: 169m 27s BBFC Reference: BDM283384
Including identifying information provided by the distributor;- COLLECTOR'S EDITION,
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Runtime: 02:49:27:00 Component title: DIABLO III VIDEOGAME COLLECTOR'S DVD
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The German Self-Monitoring of Entertainment Software (USK / Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle) also rated the Diablo III Collector's Edition a couple of weeks ago.
Diablo III Collector´s Edition
System: PC Genre: Rollenspiel / actionorientiert Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment SAS Altersfreigabe: Freigegeben ab 16 Jahren gemäß § 14 JuSchG Prüfdatum: 23.09.2011 USK Nr.: 31870/11 Sprache: deutsch/englisch