David Brevik is Advisor on new Diablo-like or Diablo Game

Huge news this weekend straight from the one and only David Brevik. On a Twitter post today, Brevik revealed this…

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.

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WoW’s Game Director Tom Chilton moving to a “new adventure within Blizzard”

tom chilton BlizzardWith 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:

For me, Legion has been more than just another expansion, though—it’s the culmination of more than a decade of work with one of the best development teams I’ve ever had the pleasure to be a part of. And it’s with a mix of excitement, sadness, and gratitude that I’m saying farewell to the WoW team and moving on to a new adventure within Blizzard.

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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BlizzCon 2016 Schedule Revealed – Light on Diablo sections

blizzon 2016Blizzard 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.

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BlizzCon Diablo 3 T-Shirt teasing an expansion or something else?

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.

Diablo realms of Evil

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.

What do you think?

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Blizzard preview the Season 8 Journey

Diablo 3 Season 8

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.

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David Brevik and Bill Roper Visit Blizzard for Unknown Reason

roper blizzard David BrevikBill 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.

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Blizzard and Diablo Anniversary parties at BlizzCon

blizzcon anniversary

It’s time to celebrate two anniversaries at BlizzCon 2016 and one of then is the Diablo franchise which hits 20.

25 years ago, a small group of gamers set out to create the kinds of game experiences they loved playing—and Blizzard Entertainment was born. Since then, the team at Blizzard has transported millions of people around the world to fantastic worlds of fantasy and science fiction—including Diablo’s Sanctuary, which first invited players to descend into the terrifying labyrinth beneath the Tristram Cathedral 20 years ago in 1996!

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!


  • Performance by Songhammer
  • Specialty beverages celebrating Blizzard’s 25th and Diablo’s 20th anniversaries
  • Food Trucks
  • Epic Fun

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!

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Diablo 3 Team Job Openings

The Diablo 3 team has been shedding personnel for months, as many of the designers and senior developers have moved on to other projects at Blizzard or left the company entirely. Of late, almost all the Diablo job openings have been “unannounced project” positions, and mostly senior ones at that. For instance, the Diablo jobs listed back in the Spring were:


  • Animator, Unannounced Project

  • Game Director, Unannounced Project
  • Senior Animator, Unannounced Project
  • Senior Character Artist, Unannounced Project
  • Senior Concept Artist, Unannounced Project
  • Senior VFX Artist, Unannounced Project

Those listings gradually disappeared, making those of us who pay attention to this sort of thing assume Blizzard was staffing up for the next Diablo game, while all the D3 team departures showed they were moving Diablo 3 into legacy mode.

d3-jobs-oct2016Thus it’s something of a surprise that three new Diablo 3 jobs have just been posted, now that all of the “Diablo unannounced project” job listings are gone. (The Game Director listing was the last one removed, just a couple of weeks ago.) The current 3 Diablo jobs listed are:


The Senior UI Designer job sounds like it will require organizing and working on a variety of games, possibly including updating D2 to be functional on modern systems. The Rigging job sounds like multi-game work, such as making Diablo characters look right in other Blizzard games (Heroes of the Storm?). The last UI Designer job description is the only one to specifically mention “Diablo 3,” and it sounds like someone to keep D3 working with new Battle.net stuff and updating the game systems.

So D3’s not being abandoned, if they’re at least hiring new people to work on the nuts and bolts. But it’s maybe surprising that they don’t have any Diablo Unannounced Project jobs listed now. Perhaps now that they’ve (apparently) hired many of the senior designers for D4, they just want to get the whole skeleton of the project mapped out, before they start adding all the programmers and artists to spend years fleshing it out?

Thanks to _TOP_Commander for the news tip.

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Diablo 3 Podcast #217: S7 Drags on and Metzen Retires

On this episode of the Diablo 3 Podcast we discuss Season 7’s end game, the lack of a PTR for the next patch, Blizzcon 2016 preview rumors, the Bonfire anti-Blizzard games, and Chris Metzen’s retirement. Featuring N3rdwards, CaptainGoldfish, and Flux.

Showing *perfect* timing, we recorded this episode just before the surprise announcement that Season Seven would be much shorter than past seasons. Thanks, Jay!

Click through for show notes and segment start times.

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Season Seven Ending, and Eras Growing Longer

A couple of pieces of big news about Diablo 3 today. First up, Season Seven is ending, and much sooner than most of us expected. The season will end in two weeks, on October 14th. S7 began on August 5th, not even two months ago, so this one will end 2-3 weeks earlier than any previous D3 season. With no patch in testing on the PTR it’s obvious we won’t see many changes in Season 8, so it’s not clear why this one is getting such a quick reset, when most fans expected the next season to begin somewhen around Blizzcon, in early November.

Season 7 End & Season 8 Start Dates:

season-7-narrowYou’ll be able to sort through your rollover rewards and review your progress on the Leaderboards between Seasons. It’s a great time to reflect on the accomplishments you’ve made and enjoy the culmination of your pre- and post-Season loot hunts!

Season 7 will be ending on the following dates and times:

  • North America: Friday, October 14 @ 5:00 p.m. PDT
  • Europe: Friday, October 14 @ 5:00 p.m. CEST
  • Asia: Friday, October 14 @ 5:00 p.m. KST

Season 8 will begin about one week afterward on these dates:

  • North America: Friday, October 21 @ 5:00 p.m. PDT
  • Europe: Friday, October 21 @ 5:00 p.m. CEST
  • Asia: Friday, October 21 @ 5:00 p.m. KST

For time zone assistance, click here. We look forward to seeing you in Season 8!

erasAlso, Wyatt Cheng posted a developer diary describing why Eras (the anti-seasons) aren’t going to be resetting every time a season does. TLDR, expect Eras from now on to run 6-12 months, and to reset only 1) when there’s some big balance changes or global nerfs that would make previous Leaderboard records unbeatable, and 2) shortly AFTER such a patch goes live. Also 3) expect gradual global nerfing of the highest Grift records over patches going forward. Power Creep is receding!

A quote from Wyatt’s post.

When we introduced Seasons to Diablo III, we also debuted “Eras.” The thinking was that while the seasonal leaderboard would naturally reset every season, there would be some players who would want the non-seasonal leaderboard to reset periodically as well. There is a certain excitement associated with a fresh leaderboard — a sense that you could maybe see your own name up there at the beginning of an Era. It can also be disheartening to see somebody who is not currently playing the game hold a top position on a leaderboard long after the record was set.

As Diablo III has evolved, it has become clear in hindsight that while the fresh excitement is there, it doesn’t last very long. First, the Era leaderboard is not something you “climb.” If you are capable of achieving a particular Greater Rift tier, you’re likely able to replicate that performance, or very close to it, at the very start of a new Era. Second, between patch changes, item buffs, and Paragon levels, there is built-in power growth over time—the concern of somebody holding a high Era ranking long after they’ve quit hasn’t really materialized.

The Eras change would have to be happening in another game for it to have less impact on me, since I’ve played nothing but Seasons since RoS launched. I am surprised to see S7 ending so soon, though. I figured we had another month or so, and that the season would wrap up sometime around Blizzcon in early November. A happy coincidence that would have allowed the bored or desperate to launch implausible rumors tying the end of Season 7 into the pending non-announcement of anything Diablo-related at this year’s Blizzcon

What do you guys think of the early end to Season Seven and the extended play time for upcoming Eras? Share your thoughts in comments and click through to read the full text of Wyatt’s Eras essay.

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