Battle.Net is dead. Long live something else


battle.net Diablo 3 BlizzardThere are big changes about to happen with Blizzard’s online gaming service as they are to retire Battle.Net.

Battle.Net was created way back in 1996 to enable online play for the original Diablo and since then it’s changed and improved massively. Blizzard is about to retire Battle.Net but it’s only the name and branding that will change. The core Battle.Net tech will stay the same.

According to Blizzard, there has been confusion over the Battle.Net name when explaining how the service worked for Blizzard titles. While most Blizzard gamers know exactly what it is and how it works, new gamers may have found the naming a little confusing.

Blizzard has not stated what Battle.Net will be renamed to, but we expect it to have something with the name Blizzard attached to it, perhaps just Blizzard Online. We shall have to wait and see.

You can read their full update on this after the break…

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Diablo 2 HD teaser site is not Blizzard’s work


DiabloThere has been some excitement around a site called diablo2hd.com which a countdown timer. There’s been speculation for some time that Blizzard may announce a Diablo 2 HD version, but that’s all it’s been, pure speculation.

However, just looking at the site it’s obviously not been made by Blizzard. In general, Blizzard never teases a reveal so obviously. Remember the Diablo 3 image tease that went on for about a week? That’s the kind of tease we expect from Blizzard.

Blizzard confirmed to PC Gamer that the page “isn’t ours” so I think we can put this to bed.

BlizzCon is not too far away so it won’t be long until we find out what, if anything, they have in store for Diablo. In the meantime, join the unannounced game speculation thread.

 

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Diablo 20th Anniversary Items Datamined in WoW PTR Patch


Thanks to dotPanic on reddit over on MMO-Champion’s website they have datamined some Diablo 20th anniversary items in World of Warcraft PTR Patch 7.1 Build 22578.

Below are some of the icons for items and past the break are some links with tooltips to show more. So much Diablo in pandaland! MOO!



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Chris Metzen’s departing present is a fantastic statue


This week Chris Metzen announced his departure from Blizzard which came as a surprise. But what do you give a guy who has contributed so much to Blizzard when he leaves? A pretty fantastic statue that’s what.

Terrie Denman, senior visual effects artist at Blizzard, posted a tweet showing what they have created adding:

“Close up of Metzen’s going away present. When finished it will be a statue.  I didn’t think I’d get emotional but I’m a sobbing train wreck.”

It’s tough to see Metzen leave after all these years and we wish him well.

Chris Metzen

Chris Metzen

 

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BattleTag Change now available – for a price


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Name Changer

Since the launch of the BattleTag system back in 2011 players have been able to change theirs free only once.  Many probably picked names they no longer wish to be known as or perhaps tied to the Blizzard game they were playing at the time but no longer play.  Players have requested the ability to change their Tags more than once and today Blizzard have made that so.

Costing €10.00 or $10.00 each time, you can simply visit the Account Management Dashboard (EU or US) and enter your details and Battlenet will do the rest.

It’s a welcome addition although the round figure of 10.00 seems a little arbitrary for an automated service. A case of sticky sausage fingers?

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Diablo 3 Podcast #216: Most/Least Iconic Skills Pt. 2


Recent play stories include Flux’s sad confession of UE-acceptance. Then we get to part two of our ranking/debate over Diablo 3’s most and least iconic skills, this time covering the Witch Doctor, Barbarian, and Monk. Featuring James, Dave the Brave, and Flux.

Click through for show notes and segment start times.

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BlizzCon 2016 Virtual Ticket Goodies Revealed


If you prefer to watch BlizzCon from the luxury of your own home then the virtuial ticket is the answer. Today Blizzard revealed all the goodies that will be made available for those that stump up for a ticket.

Diablo players will be given the Diablo III – Diablo 20th Anniversary Pet – “Celebrate two decades of terror with this anniversary-themed Diablo pet, based on the Dark Lord’s design from the original game.*

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Read on for all the other stuff for other Blizzard games.

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PALs Preview: Diablo 3 Podcast #216


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The 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 #216: Most/Least Iconic Barb/WD/Monk Skills

Recent play stories include Flux’s sad confession of UE-acceptance. Then we get to part two of our ranking/debate over Diablo 3’s most and least iconic skills, this time covering the Witch Doctor, Barbarian, and Monk. Featuring James, Dave the Brave, 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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Diablo Fan Art Watch #300: The Art of Kimberly “Vaeflare” LeCrone


Diablo Fan Art Watch #300 SpecialWelcome everyone to this very long delayed and incredibly special installment of the Diablo Fan Art Watch. This time around as with the Special #200 interviewing a fellow artist we up the ante with an interview with artist and former D3 Community Manager Kimberly “Kymba” LeCrone (Vaeflare).

Q: How did you get into Blizzard?

I started at Blizzard back in 2009 on the Community Development team as a Forum Moderator. The title wasn’t something that sounded particularly flashy, but I enjoyed the work for the most part, and I likewise enjoyed moving away from forum moderation and into other more specialized areas of community. 😉

Click through to see the full interview.

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