The latest Developer Chronicles article is now live and this week it comes from gameplay systems designer Joe Shely.
In the update, Joe talks about his work on making the monsters engaging and he specifically focuses on rift monsters.
We now know what game David Brevik is advising on, he’s joining the Grinding Gear Games Path of Exile team in an advisory role and will help them with their launch in China.
The news comes via a press release put out by Tencent addressing Chinese Path of Exile players and news that both Chris Wilson and David Brevik will be heading to China to meet fans.
Grinding Gear’s CEO Chris Wilson confirmed the appointment and told Diabloii.Net, “David is an advisor, primarily for our launch in mainland China, but we hope to learn from his experience as much as we can over the coming months.”
That’s it then, well done GGG for getting David onboard. As for Diablo, we will have to wait and see what happens with the franchise at BlizzCon.Post a Comment »
Following yesterday’s update from David Brevik we all got rather excited, but perhaps it was a little too soon because David has just posted this tweet confirming no Diablo involvement.
— David Brevik (@davidbrevik) October 17, 2016
Bill Roper also confirmed no involvement.
Lots of speculation about my coming back to Blizzard to work on the Diablo franchise. Would be an honor but just rumor. Thanks for the love!
— Bill Roper (@BillRoper) October 17, 2016
So there you have it. Despite yesterday’s tease, he’s not involved with anything to do with Diablo. The question remains, what is he involved with? It’s still not clear for who or what he will be advising , it was naturally assumed it would be Blizzard based on his tweet.
I guess we are going to have to sit this one out and wait for some more concrete news.Post a Comment »
Huge news this weekend straight from the one and only David Brevik. On a Twitter post today, Brevik revealed this…
For 20 years, Diablo-like games have evolved & surprised us. I'm proud to be the adviser for the game that pushes this genre to new heights. pic.twitter.com/LIT3i0UwJv
— David Brevik (@davidbrevik) October 16, 2016
So there you have it. A new game is in the works, whether it’s actually a Diablo game remains to be seen. In the picture posted by David, we see the constellation of Libra. Reading the text, it doesn’t sounds like it has anything to do with current Diablo games, the constellation of Libra is intriguing however, and it could simply be a reference to the month of November when, according to Wikipedia, “the Sun appears in the constellation Libra from October 31 to November 22”. This covers the time of BlizzCon so it sounds like there will be some kind announcement.
With BlizzCon looming there’s been a lot of changes at Blizzard and the latest person to make a move is World of Warcraft Game Director Tom Chilton.
In a farewell message to the WoW community, Chilton states that he is moving to a “new adventure within Blizzard”. What could that new adventure be? The new Diablo project that is supposedly happening?
We have little to go on at the moment but Chilton has been essential in making WoW the success it is, so whatever this new project is, it will benefit from his vast experience.
The update from Chilton reads:
My personal journey working on WoW as Game Director is at an end, but my journey with Blizzard isn’t. I’ll still be here, but will be focusing on another project within the company. However, it’s with great pleasure that I announce Ion Hazzikostas will be taking my place as Game Director for World of Warcraft.
I know that WoW will be in great hands with Ion at the helm. He’s been an integral part of the team for more than eight years and has contributed to so many aspects of the game’s development—from class design to encounter design and nearly everything in between. He also has an amazing team at his side—the same epic crew that brought you all the content you’re enjoying in Legion.
BlizzCon can’t come soon enough.
Thanks PC Invasion.
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Blizzard has posted the BlizzCon 2016 schedule this evening revealing panels and all kinds of tournaments over the two days.
As you’d expect, the schedule is packed with World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Overwatch, and StarCraft events and then at the end of the first day there is the Diablo 20th Anniversary section which reads:
“Join the Diablo III development team for a look back on two decades in Sanctuary, and get a first look at our plans to celebrate the occasion.”
Ont the second day there is the Diablo Art and Design panel and a Dev Talk / Q&A at 4PM.
Right now we have no idea what’s in store for the opening ceremony as far as announcements are concerned but it’s not looking great for Diablo again this year. We can only hope that the 20th Anniversary event brings something new.
Check out the full schedule here.Post a Comment »
Blizzard has just launched their BlizzCon early access sale and it comes with a new Diablo shirt. The T-Shirt is called “Realms of Evil” which could either be a generic slogan for it or perhaps a hint at something new.
Going on the name alone, it kind of sounds like a compilation of numerous games so perhaps the idea of remastered Diablo 2 is still possible. Maybe a bundle of all three games? It could also be the title of a new expansion. This is of course pure speculation and the name could simply be generic.
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Season 8 will get underway on Friday 21 October at 5PM CEST in Europe, 5PM PDT in North America, and 5PN KST in Asia. Now that’s the important stuff out the way, on with Blizzard’s preview which includes a list of the Season rewards, Conquests, and Haedrig’s Gift sets.
Bill Roper and David Brevik have been busy and updated their Twitter accounts to show recently dropped into Blizzard. Why? Well, we’re not quite sure, but the most obvious reason would be to contribute something to Diablo’s 20 Anniversary celebration at BlizzCon. Possibly to film footage for a video or something similar.
Fans will speculate that maybe Brevik is returning to Blizzard to take charge of the rumoured new Diablo but that would be less likely than the above reason.
Brevik has been enjoying a spell of indie development under the name Graybeard Games following his departure from Gazillion and Marvel Heroes. He has in the past mentioned that he would be tempted to return but is settled in San Francisco.
It’s time to celebrate two anniversaries at BlizzCon 2016 and one of then is the Diablo franchise which hits 20.
Please join us in celebrating these anniversaries on Friday, November 4 from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. in the Grand Plaza outside the Anaheim Convention Center during BlizzCon 2016. This event is open to everyone, whether you’re attending the convention or just happen to be in the neighborhood, and admission is free. We’ll also have some great food, special anniversary-themed drinks, entertainment—and even a surprise or two.
An Epic Night of Live Music
The main stage at the celebration will feature BlizzCon Talent Contest winners Songhammerperforming live—so grab some armor from your closet and get ready for an epic rock show.
Friday, November 4, 2016 from 8 p.m. through 10 p.m. PT
Anaheim Convention Center Grand Plaza
Open space between Marriott and Hilton outside BlizzCon—no BlizzCon ticket required!
You’ll be celebrating the occasion alongside a fun-filled crowd of game developers, staff, and a swarm of fellow Blizzard gamers. You won’t want to miss a moment of this special event—we can’t wait to see you there!