Blizzard’s Diablo plans at BlizzCon 2017


We already know that there’s not much for Diablo this year but there are a couple of things if you’re interested. It’s probably not worth the price of a Virtual ticket if Diablo is all you’re interested but there’s at least something including a “convention-exclusive Diablo III experience” if you’re attending.

Heading to the con? You might have noticed we’re setting up a small demo area this year right at the front of the main floor! Swing by and try out our convention-exclusive Diablo III experience! Something strange stirs just inside the gates of New Tristram. . . . Choose your favorite nephalem hero and find out what lies in store in this unique, one-off adventure!

This sounds intriguing but is probably more cut content planned for an expansion that will never happen now. Still, could be fun if you’re attending.

This year, we’ll be diving into the specifics behind the VFX of the Necromancer live on stage! Join our developers on the Heroic stage on Friday, November 3 at 2:45 p.m. PT to learn more about the dark magic of visual effects needed to bring the necromancer, mastery of the dead, and curses to un-life and even see some of the techniques we use in action.

Following that, there is some community chat thing talking about creating “content” for Diablo where the focus is on streamers and youtubers. That is apparently the sum total of the what makes up the Diablo community as far as Blizzard and most other developers are concerned these days. Sad but true.

You can read the full post from Blizzard here.

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  1. This actually sounds good. Maybe a new month event? I want to kill the 3 brothers in D3!

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  2. I actually find it amazing that there isn’t a single news article on this site that doesn’t contain a sarcastic/negative remark. I visit this site for a long time and this is actually a tendency that’s been growing and growing ever since Diablo 3 was released and honestly it simply made me steer away from both the forums and the site itself, which is a shame. Seems like nowadays for Diablo we either get a “yes boys” site that finds rainbows and happiness in everything or something like what this site has become which is pretty much all negativity. Such a shame, really, this was by far my community of choice for Diablo. Not that my visits on either the forums or the site matter at all but still, ponder if this promotion of negativity is contributing for the growth of this site and community.

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    • The sad reality is that the negative reporting about D3 is well deserved. Let’s hope Blizzard will do better with D4 and there might not be a need for such critical/negative reporting.

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      • I agree with DMB. Yeah, I may be a fan boy of Blizzard, but I’ve spent so much time in their games having fun. Was D3 flawed at release? Yes. Did the story suck? Mostly. But some of the other aspects of Diablo were there. Serious grinding for gear (Blue weapons!), playing around with skills and runes to create a fun build (day~4ish had a melee wizard as 2nd class), running the same boss over and over. They had the right idea, but the execution was lost (AH). Then came loot 2.0 on the ps3/360…. Nice, very nice. Later to the PC (your welcome from a console aspect). Later we got RoS, which had story, builds, new items, and something to enjoy.

        For all the Haters, here’s a few questions.
        How many hours/days/months are logged on in your total playtime?
        How many times do you check a site about a game you obviously dislike?
        Why keep coming back to a site that you know big announcements will be posted everywhere (say D4)?
        Does the current state of the game give you any amount of pleasure when you play? Or are you just masochistic in a extreme nature with videogames?
        How the Hell do the people who run these fan sites feel when they post something that actual fans care about just to be bombarded by crappy comments that rarely have any constructive criticism.
        Mostly, does bitching about a problem gonna fix things? Maybe abit, but come on it’s getting ridiculous. Keep to the topic in detail, or go elsewhere like the forums and try to have an intelligent conversation. Is that how you approach things outside of the internet?
        All in all, we’re in the same boat. The game isn’t perfect, but it’s fun. Seasons are a nice chance to re-explore the game with a new goal. The insight that is given to us through tubes in our mouth (fansites) can be really interesting.

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        • In regards to the “coming back to the site” questions. People are waiting for a D4 announcement yes, but they don’t want to just up an leave the community while they wait for that announcement. So they keep going back to their given fansite to remain part of that community. Hell part of it is probably due to habit at this point.

          The main thing people hate about Diablo 3 isn’t that the game is bad, it -is- a good game, it’s just that it should have been a GREAT game; and it fell short of that potential. The main reasons for which are the lack of depth/breadth of the systems, lack of any form of economy, bad story, and so on. Which is what everyone is picking at all the time.

          I think most people hope that complaining publicly about the game will mean that it will reach the attention of the devs who will actually do something about the complaints. But there has always been a very one way communication with the Diablo development team. They never seem to show that they are really listening to their audience. In return, the people complain louder as they think it will get them heard. I think that if the team did publicly come out and say “Yes we are aware of how X thing wasn’t the best, we are sorry, and will try harder at it next time” it might actually quieten off some of the criticism, but given their track record with community interaction, that’s highly unlikely. You just need to look at their other products and how those teams have a very direct line of two-way communication with their communities and how much better it is for it.

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          • Agree with DJE, we all care about this Diablo franchise enough to “come back” to give feedback, hoping that Blizzard would listen how much greater Diablo 3 could have been, especially as compared to Diablo 2.

            Blizzard is already putting on its rose tinted sunglasses, to the point of staff writing a book to praise the Diablo 3 “legacy”, portraying how “Blizzard had saved Diablo 3” from disaster.
            https://www.diabloii.net/blog/comments/blizzard-saved-diablo-3

            ***THIS is why we are coming out to voice out opinions, in the hopes of constructive feedback on how Diablo 4 would be better.

            Look at it this way, there are players still playing Diablo 2 in 2017 (launched in year 2000) which is 17 years on.

            We challenge anyone to guess how many Diablo 3 players would be playing 17 years after its launch in 2012? (By 2029, most if not all players would have stopped playing Diablo 3, and indeed Blizzard may have closed D3 servers, meaning that your “bought” game cannot be played!).

            So why this huge discrepancy between the legacies of Diablo2 and Diablo3 ?

            We all care about this Diablo franchise enough to “come back” to give feedback, hoping that Blizzard would listen how much greater Diablo 3 could have been, especially as compared to Diablo 2.

        • OK, I’ll bite 🙂

          > How many hours/days/months are logged on in your total playtime?

          I played about 1 hour of D3 when it was in open beta, never played it again after that.

          > How many times do you check a site about a game you obviously dislike?

          This is not and was never purely a D3 fansite. Have you perhaps noticed that the URL says “diabloii.net”? This site was around since D2 times and still reports on D2 and other Diablo related things.

          > Why keep coming back to a site that you know big announcements will be posted everywhere (say D4)?

          Because I care about Diablo and still play D2 regularly (sometimes D1) and just happen to dislike D3.

          > Does the current state of the game give you any amount of pleasure when you play?

          Assuming you mean D3: No, because I don’t play it.

          > Or are you just masochistic in a extreme nature with videogames?

          No.

          > Mostly, does bitching about a problem gonna fix things?

          Well, I do think it’s important to make our voice heard, and where else to do it? Most other Diablo sites are either official (moderated by Blizzard) or are fanboy sites which will stick to the Blizz PR line.

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