Bashiok and many of Blizzard’s other community managers from around the world (especially Europe) are all in Paris this week to train and prep for new skills and for Diablo III’s impending release. While we’ve heard from others in attendance that it’s been a very cool session, Bashiok was less enthused in his comments:
High level strategy stuff. How we use the blogs, social media, forums, etc. —Bashiok
The irony of the trip is that thanks to cold weather, no HBO or Netflix, and a typically American “foreign countries are weird” attitude, Bashiok’s online productivity has skyrocketed as he sits homesick in his hotel room and kills time, waiting for his return flight to the cultural mecca that is Orange County, California. I’m not going to even attempt to quote all of his dozens and dozens of tweets over the past couple of days, but here are a few that relate to Diablo III.
Probably be able to preload the game, go get the CE at a midnight release, then just need to run home and register the key. —Bashiok
dude. Apart from slightly needed upgrades to rune icon visuals. This game is ready!!! –Robertrauby
Tons of tuning and testing going on. We’re getting there. —Bashiok
Hi, did you think about adding affixes improving specific skills? It will help a lot to character customization. –Vozi33
That was in the rune system at one point. But it only works with runes as items, and that has too many issues. —Bashiok
They will, too. Some people seem to discount items way too quickly. –Vozi33
Min-maxers might. Whether that’s actually more efficient than using one awesome build they enjoy is a better question. —Bashiok
Speaking of which, any word on what’s going on with Gems? That’s another system that we don’t really know much about… –shadowx8
Well each rune adds different stats based on the slot they’re put into. It’s pretty much the D2 system. If it ain’t broke.
I assume Bashiok meant “gems” instead of “runes” in that last one. On that topic, datamining tells us that gems regained their weapon property (Beta patch 13 stats for topaz, emerald, ruby, and amethyst from the DiabloNut DB) in the newest beta patch. Prior to this, the four types of gems had one property in helms, every other item type was just “other,” and socketed weapons had been out of the game for over a year, as you can see in the outdated gems info from Blizzard’s site.