Wyatt Cheng on Diablo 3 from Gamescom 2016


Expectations for Diablo 3 anything from Gamescom were not high after Diablo 3 wasn’t even mentioned in Blizzard’s Gamescom preview. That said, senior designer Wyatt Cheng submitted to a short interview by a woman wearing jeans with holes in the knees, and here’s what went down.

The interview focuses on the 20th anniversary of Diablo 3 at the start, and then segues into some recent Diablo 3 stuff. The key bit comes at 1:14, when the interviewer mentions how much content we’ve seen added in patches, and if we’ll keep getting more of that. Wyatt answers by talking about 1) new cosmetic gear in the last patch, 2) set dungeons added in the previous patch, and 3) how Kanai’s Cube was named after Kevin Kanai.

Not to be cynical (though that’s sort of my job) but when the question is “will we keep seeing new content” and the answer is, “look at all the new content we added in the last few patches” without a word about plans for any more new content in future patches, right after the first RoS patch that didn’t really have any new content… hmm.

Blizzard has also posted a couple of “greatest hits” videos showing their reveals and fun stuff (from non Diablo 3 games) during the first two days of Gamescom. Click through to view those and see what’s new in WoW, Hearthstone, Overwatch, and all the rest.

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Something “really cool” for Diablo at BlizzCon 2016?


We are all hoping that this year Diablo will get more love at BlizzCon. Gamescom failed to deliver this year but maybe BlizzCon will bring some exciting news. Does the following tweet response mean we’ll get some kind of major announcement?

Let’s not forget all the job postings and the comment from a Blizzard CM that “Diablo fans are going to lose their ****” come BlizzCon 2016” from last year’s BlizzCon. We’re only a few months away from finding out.

What’s your take on this latest tweet from Blizzard? Diablo 4 perhaps or will BlizzCon just be “really cool”?

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Diablo 3 Themed Wedding: Revenge of the Nephalem


On Monday a post on reddit popped up sharing a link to a gallery of a Diablo 3 Themed Pre-wedding Photography by The Art of Mezame.


Diablo 3 Themed Pre-wedding Photography by The Art of Mezame

The beautiful part about this love story is how they met. Alvin and Alexis both met online in the hit game Diablo III. Long story short, they fell in love with one another, and are now on their sacred and epic quest of journeying through Life together.

Combining studio, location and toy photography in digital composites, this was one of our most ambitious and fun projects yet! A detailed blog entry to show how we did it will be released soon. Stay tuned!

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Check past the break for more info and more images.

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Blizzard celebrate 20 years of Diablo at Gamescom


Gamescom kicks off next week, and although there appears to be no Diablo announcements planned, Blizzard plan on celebrating 20 years of the franchise.

Visitors to the Blizzard booth will be able to play all three Diablo games and a 3D artist from the Diablo dev team will be creating a piece of artwork live on the Blizzard stage. Alternatively, you can sit at home and play all three Diablo games.

Other Blizard plans this year include:

Overwatch

  • The world premiere of the new Overwatch animated short, “The Last Bastion,” will be revealed on stage and via live stream on our Gamescom site at 18:00 CEST on Thursday, August 18
  • The Overwatch Atlantic Showdown tournament will take place from August 20-21 on the ESL Arena stage in Hall 9, pitting the top four teams from both North America and Europe against each other, with a $100,000 USD prize pool on the line

World of Warcraft

  • From August 18-21, the Legion Café will bring a recreation of The Fel Hammer to central Cologne to celebrate the upcoming launch of World of Warcraft’s latest expansion (see the blog post for details)
  • Visitors to the Blizzard booth will be able to try out the new Demon Hunter class in advance of the August 30 release of World of Warcraft: Legion
  • Two of the top World of Warcraft guilds will race against each other in Challenge Mode dungeons live on the Blizzard stage

Heroes of the Storm

  • Brawlmania will deliver an epic Heroes of the Storm showdown on the Blizzard stage throughout Gamescom, as six teams of influencers and pro players face off in themed showmatches (see the blog post for details)
  • The Heroes of the Storm Europe Fall Regional tournament will take place from August 17-19 on the ESL Arena stage, with the winning team moving on to compete for a piece of the $1,000,000 USD prize pool at the Fall Championship at BlizzCon

Hearthstone

  • Professional card-slingers and community personalities will battle it out in exciting Hearthstone showmatches on the Blizzard stage

StarCraft

  • Professional StarCraft II players will clash in exciting live showmatches on the Blizzard stage

And More

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Diablo 3 Podcast #214: Season Seven Begins


Season 7 is underway and the first weekend of rushing is in the books. Is Chapter 4 of the Season Journey all that matters? Will T13 help or hurt? Why is the UE DH set bullshit? Featuring Aahz, CaptGoldfish, and Flux

Click through for show notes and segment start times.

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Season 7 Leveling Marathon Results?


We recorded a podcast Sunday night, roughly 48 hours into Season Seven, and as always on the first weekend of a season, talk was of rushing and progress. The podcast is previewing now for PALs now and will go live for everyone Tuesday evening, but I’m wondering how many of you guys were grinding away all weekend, and how far you got?

So here’s a vote/survey. How much progress did you make during the first weekend of Season Seven? You can define “weekend” however you like; I didn’t play past midnight Sunday since I had to get up for work in the morning, but if you stayed up until 5am grinding, more power to you. How far did you level before “Monday,” however/whenever you define that time frame as beginning?

All together now, let’s compare our Season 7 Leveling Marathon Results:

How high did you level during the first weekend of Season Seven?

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Diablo 3 Podcast #214: PALs’ Early Access


news-podcast-214The newest installment of the Diablo 3 podcast is now online with an exclusive 24 hour preview for our Site PALs. Our beloved site supporters can check out the podcast right now, in the PAL forum.

Diablo 3 Podcast #214: Season Seven Begins

Season 7 is underway and the first weekend of rushing is in the books. Is Chapter 4 of the Season Journey all that matters? Will T13 help or hurt? Is the UE DH bullshit? Featuring Aahz, CaptGoldfish, and Flux.

The podcast will go live tomorrow for everyone, but if you can’t wait and want to become a Site PAL, it’s easy and will only set you back a few bucks a month.

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PC Invasion Game Giveaways and Tests


PC InvasionThis is a public service announcement. I want to remind you all that there are regular giveaways for game goodies over on PC Invasion which includes full games and beta keys. These pop up quite often so it’s worth keeping and eye on the site, and you should be anyway for your PC gaming news and updates 😉

This weekend there are alpha keys for the upcoming gravity-defying team shooter LawBreakers from Boss Key Studios, so if you fancy something a little different, you can grab a key instantly on the site.

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Activision Blizzard Q2 financials show Overwatch is a hit


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The latest financials for Activision Blizard have been released and it’s been a healthy period for Blizzard thanks to the release of Overwatch. Diablo doesn’t feature much  except to tell you Overwatch is more popular than Diablo 3. Still, it’s always good to see what’s going on.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Activision Blizzard had 491 million Monthly Active Users (MAUs) in the quarter.
  • Blizzard had the biggest quarterly online player community in its history, with MAUs of 33 million, up 29% quarter-over-quarter and 13% year-over-year. This reflects the successful launch of Overwatch and strength across the broader portfolio, includingHearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, which had record quarterly MAUs, and World of Warcraft, which had double-digit MAU growth quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year.
  • On May 24, 2016, Blizzard launched Overwatch which now has over 15 million players globally, including box and digital sales, internet game room players, and multi-user console households. In China, Overwatch broke the previous record set by Diablo  III as the fastest-selling PC game in the market’s history.1 Overwatch also currently holds the number one position in Korean Internet Game Rooms with over 30% share of play time.
  • Players have spent about 500 million hours playing Blizzard’s Overwatch, with additional content updates ahead.
  • Activision Blizzard GAAP revenues from in-game content reached a record of over $900 million this quarter. Activision Blizzard non-GAAP (as previously defined) revenues from in-game content reached a record of over $1 billion this quarterB. In-game content continues to be a rapidly growing part of the business.
  • Blizzard had its biggest segment revenue quarter and first half year, ever. Blizzard’s quarterly segment operating income nearly tripled vs. the second quarter last year. Additionally, Blizzard had record second quarter GAAP revenues and record quarterly non-GAAP revenues (as previously defined) in China. Blizzard’s overall performance was driven in particular by Overwatch’s outstanding launch, World of Warcraft’s strong pre-expansion momentum, with Legion pre-purchases tracking in-line with the previous expansion, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft’s double digit revenue growth year-over-year.

It’s always good to see how the other franchises are doing as it puts Diablo into perspective when it comes to where Blizzard will focus their attention. As for Overwatch, well personally I don’t see what all the fuss is about, it’s another OK shooter, but Blizzard fans seem to love it.

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