Bashiok’s Twittergeddon

Almost an hour ago, DiabloWikiBashiok tweeted that he would be trying to respond to as many Diablo 3 tweets as possible for an entire hour. And amazingly enough, he got to a LOT of them. The biggest problem, though, is that a lot of the people tweeting are either very new to the franchise, haven’t been following it very closely, or are overlooked when they are genuinely good questions. (Personally, I wished he had talked more about PvP and how that is looking now). If you tweet now, he’s still firing off some answers.

Got any questions about Diablo III? I’ll do my best to reply to every tweet over the next hour. No release date/beta key requests. 😛 #AMA

There are literally far too many tweets to report about, but there is one that was responded to from one of our very own members, Celox.

@Bashiok Any word when news about runes will be released?
@IamBGriffs We’re planning that out. Its in and working. Not too much longer.

In a related tweets on the topic:

@Bashiok Will we see the new skill system in Beta, or will it likely not appear till release?
@Bargo_Gosu It will appear in beta.

@Bashiok Can we expect another front page “post” (Like the Jay Wilson one) regarding the rest of the changes?
@Bargo_Gosu I would.

This, in short, is one of the updates that many of us have been waiting for. Although “not too much longer” is part of Blizzard’s Lexicon of Patience, it is the first “concrete” response we’ve heard regarding when we might hear what these changes actually are. While we will never be able to test it ourselves in the beta, it was one of the main mechanics tweaks that DiabloWikiJay Wilson mentioned back when he wrote the Systems Update article. What is even more interesting is that we’re to be seeing an entirely new skills system implemented – and we will be able to test that in the beta.

We have not been presented with any other major tweaks that are blocking the release of the game, so this news is under the category of “very good.” Don’t get your hopes up too much, though. The investor call takes place this week, and if this news is still yet to be released, it may not be too likely that a date will drop before then.

What are your thoughts? Any predictions of when we might actually get the fabled date? If there were other questions you have asked Bashiok and believe are news-worthy, please write them in the comments and I will add them here.

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19 thoughts on “Bashiok’s Twittergeddon

    • bashiok: “Extremely unlikely. The point of the beta is to test the service, patcher, launcher, and hardware compatibility.”

  1. Honestly who gives a **** any more, No Public OR private chat channels. Screw the dictatorship that is blizzard censoring the public.

      • You’re making a sweeping generalization. The fellow was clearly talking about Blizzard. Now for the censorship part: Diablo 3 is similar to an MMO, maybe more so than D2. So, imagine if Blizzard removed all chat functionality in WoW. It would be stupid to do that. Removing chat channels in D3 would be just as stupid. Besides, isn’t the whole point of the internet to communicate?

    • Right… yeah, just disregard everything, you know, the rest of the GAME itself.  You’re right.  The absence of chat channels really ruins the entire game.

  2. What do they mean with new skill system appearing in beta? Or is it just runes? I wonder because runes weren’t supposed to be beta tested.

    • They said that there were big changes to the skills and the runes.  Most likely we wont see anything in the beta about the runes.  But as Bash said the skill changes will make it to the beta.

  3. Haha, I coined that title – “Lexicon of Patience” – in some forum post…good to see its becoming a thing 🙂

  4. This is very good news indeed, what with the implementation of balance to as well.

    Although it’s an important system that needs announcing (runes & skills,) if it’s been said that the system is up & working internally, they may actually wait to tell us all about how it works after they announce a release date. They’ll have about 2 months to work on bugs for a day 1 patch anyway, alongside testing it out in the beta. 🙂

    Optimistic Chris is optimistic!

  5. “The investor call takes place next week, …”

    ok, I thought it was this thursday
    so exactly when is it

    oh, and there were some really stupid questions people asked
    I mean, you have an opportunity like that, to get Bashiok to respond to your D3 questions, and you ask him, “if Diablo had a puppy, what breed would it be?”

    what a waste 👿

  6. I’ve never seen such pointless, stupid questions in my life. 80% of them were already known information like “CAN WE SEE MOAR LEVELS IN BETA?” and “How many max players per game?”, the other 20% were useless questions like “CAN YOU DYE THE TYRAEL WINGS?!?11?”

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