Hooray. Diablo 3 WILL have public chat channels; coming soon to the beta via a patch

All hell has broken loose when Blizzard’s community manager, Bashiok, tweeted that Diablo 3 would not support chat channels. We can’t see anything wrong with that – as PC gamers can use Teamspeak and other similar programs – but it seems that a lot of you got annoyed by that. And naturally, a lot of Diablo fans started complaining and thought that Blizzard have turned their back on them. Well, good news everyone as Bashiok was wrong and public chat channels WILL be available in Diablo 3. In fact, they’ll be in an upcoming beta patch so PC gamers will get to see and play around with them really soon.
Bashiok admitted – in a post at D3’s official forum – that he was wrong and that he could not offer any explanation as to the incorrectness of his previous statements, except that he believed them to be correct when he made them. Bashiok then apologised to everyone and promised to strive to not be stupid and wrong in the future.
So, there you have it Diablo 3 fans. No need for Teamspeak and such things. Rejoice and enjoy the beta!