There’s an interesting article from The Escapist about Blizzard’s Favorite Diablo 3 Easter Eggs. Thanks to Fmulder for spotting it. They asked Blizzard for their favorite Easter Eggs in Diablo 3 and got some interesting replies, including some minor ones that apparently no fans have ever noticed yet. Here are Blizzard’s favorites, with a quote about the one no fans have found/documented yet:
I’m very happy to say that the last Easter Egg they shared with me has apparently not yet been discovered by the community. Or at least not publicized very well. These are a nod to yet another franchise, StarCraft. Somewhere in Act 1, there’s a goatmen event scene which features a slightly camouflaged, but still apparently visible Ultralisk skull. You’d think this would be fairly easy to spot, but apparently they blended it so well, that they have yet to see a picture of it show up online. Likewise, there’s a Hydralisk head in a couple of event locations in Act 2, just waiting to be discovered. If you’ve seen either of these, be the first to post your screenshot in the forums. Heck, I’ll even make you a special Skull Hunter badge if you do! Just PM me after you post, and I’ll confirm it and get started on that badge!
The article has details about all of these, plus they’re running a contest to win one of two copies of the RoS Collector’s Edition, which you can enter on the article’s final page.
Sentimental digression time.
I’m glad they mentioned the Ben Boos one. I read that lore on the sword when I found it once and nearly fell over, and then I nearly cried. I got to know Ben after he left Blizzard North and he was a truly awesome guy. Supremely talented artist and author, and very generous with his time. We were delighted to run an author interview a contest to promote and give away some autographed copies of his first book, Swords, and I still look through it and his second book, Fantasy, all the time. (They are coffee table sized books and highly recommended for you or as a gift, for adults or kids. I gave a few to friends who were into gaming and fantasy and they loved them.)If you’ve never seen Ben’s work, you’re missing out. Right now, go look at some of the pics in our Ben Boos Swords gallery from 2008. At the time I was able to look through an advance copy of the book, pick out some of my favorite pages, and Ben got his publisher to send me the highest quality digital versions of them which are what you see on the site. I wanted him to make an sell posters of some of the work, such as the Samurai page. You can almost feel the texture of the metal in the artwork. I want to bite them.
Ben worked for Blizzard North creating and illustrating much of the game’s UI artwork. The scroll-like ornate borders or details around the skill buttons, the inventory windows, the angel and demon holding the health/mana orbs, etc. All Ben’s work. He enjoyed working on video games, but his real passion was to write and illustrate his own books, and he left Blizzard North to follow his dream while in his mid-30s, with a wife and two young kids. He created two amazing books, the second of which (Fantasy) creates an entire fantasy world very suitable to set movies or games in… and then he died suddenly, when he was just entering his creative peak and the best years of his life.
Reflect on that. Don’t be like so many of us, forever putting off our real dreams and aspirations. Forever may never come.
Back on the Easter Eggs topic… I’m a little surprised Blizzard didn’t mention the Developer’s Hell level you sometimes get as a 4th Crypt beneath the Cemetery of the Forsaken, where you get to kill all zombies with the names of all the developers, plus the Jay Wilson unburied boss (and now there’s a Josh Mosquera one as well), but perhaps putting that in their top six would have felt a little self indulgent.
Are Blizzard’s favorites amongst your favorite Easter Eggs in the game? And has anyone see the Zerg skull with the Goatman in Act One? It shouldn’t be too hard to find with the clues given in the article. The area where you find Gharbad the Strong has some bones set up on a sort of altar, plus other goaty-structures. Or perhaps it’s in one of the Goat caves? They’ve got lots of skulls and small statues decorating their campfires in those red-lit dungeons.