Today (5/9/11) was Activision/Blizzard's quarterly earnings call and Mike Morhaime had some long awaited news for us.
"We began internal company-wide testing last week," Morhaime confirmed. "The game looks great, and we're currently targeting a Q3 launch for external beta testing."
Yes! You read that right. Q3 beta launch for external beta testing. That puts us anywhere from July to September of this year. Morhaime also said that they are aiming for a release date before 2012 but left it at that. Of course Blizzard won't give us a direct date, they stand strong by their "it's done when it's done" policy.
The internal testing (see friends and family) is underway, so the actual beta can't be that far off. I'm really hoping they announce an actual release date at Blizzcon, but only time will tell. Stay tuned for more info as we receive it because now that the Beta is on, I'm sure we will be seeing a Helluva info dump in the coming months.