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

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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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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!

In-Game Icons

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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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