Blizzard Explain why Diablo 1 Remake is not Standalone

One of the big announcements this year was the addition of the Diablo 1 remake inside Diablo 3 as an annual event. In this interview with PC Gamer, Travis Day and John Legrave explain why this is not a standalone remake of the original.

John Legrave said, “Our idea was to engage the public in the nostalgia and what we’ve created. We wanted everybody to have that feeling of what we felt when we were playing Diablo originally. We’ve been pretty good about giving away a lot of awesome content over the past several years and we saw no reason why not to do that with this.”

Here’s the full interview.

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Blizzard’s Diablo 3 Day 2 Recap

Diablo LogoBlizard is recapping the highlights of Diablo news from each day and their second day 2 round-up is now online. In case you’ve not bee following all the news here you can give it a  look.

Topics include new items, monsters, crafting materials storage, Seasons on console, the new zones, and Challenge Rifts.

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Diablo 3 Necromancer Gameplay with Wyatt Cheng on Stash tabs, Paragon Cap and More

Diablo 3Wyatt Cheng sat down at BlizzCon to play the Diablo 3 Necromancer and also spilled more information on what is and isn’t coming in future updates with a few explanations to clarify. This was recorded  prior to the  second day’s panel so some stuff has already been covered.

Still, there’s plenty of Necro gameplay Things to take away from the video…

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Blizzard use Diablo 2 Mod Shot in Presentation – Brevik says they care about Diablo

itemsA tweet from David Brevik today responds to a post which shows that Blizzard used a modded Diablo 2 shot in their presentation looking back at Diablo’s history.

The shots used was from the Eastern Sun mod. The Diablo 1 shot inventory also used items that were not even in the original game but were from Diablo 2.

This won’t come as a huge surprise to fans of the original games who often wonder if the current Diablo development team have a clue about the game’s past.

It looks like someone just did a quick search and didn’t bother to check their authenticity. Brevik posted…

Thank Reddit.

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Thomas Middleditch Takes Flak from BlizzCon Attendees

blizzcon 2016Last night Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch hosted the contest part of the event at the end of Blizzcon 2016 day one but not everyone approved.

Middleditch’s quickie self-deprecating jokes about gaming and gaming culture received a mixed reception from the audience and viewers. I thought he did a fine job considering it was his first time and his cards were obviously difficult to read. If you can’t laugh at yourself then you have a real problem.

Some fans took to Twitter to vent their annoyance at his jokes and presenting style and he hit back showing his gaming credentials in Instagram.

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BlizzCon 2016 Diablo 3 Dev Talk and Q&A Recap With Shots

qaThe second day of BlizzCon brings the panel with the devs and the annual Diablo 3 Q&A session. This is a recap of everything that was mentioned and covered during the event.

On-hand to talk about the future of Diablo 3 was Kevin Martens, Wyatt Cheng, Adam Puhl, Joe Shely, and Travis Day. There really was not a massive amount of new stuff to fill up a whole hour and the Q&A was pretty lackluster once again.

Read all the content from the panel which is also peppered with shots to illustrate some of the changes and features.

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Diablo Podcast #219 – BlizzCon 2016 Special

Diablo podcastFlux is joined by Nerdwards live from BlizzCon in this Diablo podcast BlizzCon 2016 special to discuss all the Diablo news from the show.

The guys discuss “Tracer” pants for guys and girls, cosplay, the announcements from the opening ceremony, the Diablo 3 announcements, Necromancer impressions, The Darkening of Tristram, the future of Diablo and more.

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A few Diablo 3 Booth Shots from BlizzCon 2016

Flux was wandering around BlizzCon 2016 yesterday and snapped off some pics of the Diablo area. He says that Diablo’s presence around BlizzCon appears to be quite minimal.

“The arena this year reminds me a little bit of 2005. Where I walk around and try to spot Diablo anything on display…  no luck so far. No banners and no statue just a little play area. Lots of OverWatch, WoW and Starcraft statues though…”

There’s plenty of folk getting in line to try out the new Diablo content though as you can see in the shots.

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More BlizzCon 2016 Diablo 3 Coverage

There’s not been that much that’s appeared so far on other sites from BlizzCon but there are a couple of things you may want to check out.  We’ll add more to this list if they come in. Feel free to add any more you find in the comments.

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Blizzcon Day One Recap on official site

BlizzCon DiabloBlizzard has posted a recap of everything Diablo related from BlizzCon day one on the official site. You will have already read all of the news and reveals here on Diabloii.Net already but you may want to give it a once-over.

Just keep away from the comments at the bottom, it’s not pretty. Based on the poll we are running, they seem to mirror how the community feels about most of today’s news. There’s certainly disappointment that it’s going to take another seven months for the Necro to show up.

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What did you think of the Blizzcon 2016 Diablo Announcements?

d3_20yearlogo_smlSo that’s it. We now know what’s coming up in the next twelve months for Diablo 3 and the franchise.

I have to say I am a little disappointed about two things, no Diablo 2 HD remake, and no new game announcement. The Diablo 1 levels are a nice touch but not exactly stellar, the fact that they have been made in retro-vision is an odd choice. Just go play Diablo 1 or even the Diablo 1 HD mod. I guess the plus is you can play it with the new Diablo 3 characters.

What is puzzling is the Necromancer Pack. It’s the first time a Diablo character has been released outside of an expansion. This does suggest that Reaper of Souls is definitely the end of the line for Diablo 3 and no more expansions are coming. Still, there are two more zones coming next year so there is some new content coming.

The problem with the announcements today is that they don’t address some of game’s problems which will never be changed or fixed. The QoL changes will be welcomed, but Diablo 3 is what it is.

The Necromancer will be one reason to play the game, but beyond that, it’s going to be hard for Blizzard to keep players fully engaged until something completely new is announced. That’s going to be at least twelve months away now.

How do you feel about the BlizzCon 2016 Diablo announcements?

What did you think of the Blizzcon 2016 Diablo Announcements?

  • Very disspointed (60%, 1,351 Votes)
  • I am not sure. Will wait and see (24%, 527 Votes)
  • I am happy with what is planned (16%, 357 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,235

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Blizzcon 2016 Necromancer Gameplay Report

So pouty, pasty, and tortured!

So pouty, pasty, and tortured!

I had a chance to play a couple of sessions through the Diablo 3 demo at Blizzcon, and here’s a quick report.

The demo (up in the press room, at least) is single player only, with a non-random scenario. It’s a Greater Rift, level 2, with a level 70 (male) Necromancer as the only playable character.

I don’t think Blizzard considered it when designing the Greater Rift feature, but it’s essentially perfect for their needs when setting up a playable demo. For demos they want you using a basic and premade character, they have to limit the time per session, they don’t want players wasting time fiddling around with the interface, inventory, skills, trying to respec, etc. In the old days they had to lock off normal game features, but now in D3 they can just set up a Grift session and there you are. No access to inventory, skills, already in a dungeon with a built-in time duration, etc.

Click through for discussion of all the other skills, the basic build and strategy, and more.

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