Blizzcon 2013 Panel Schedule Posted

Thanks to Lorderan for pointing us to the just-posted Blizzcon 2013 panel schedule. There’s much more for WoW than any of the other titles, but here’s the Diablo stuff on the schedule right now:

Friday November 8

  • 11-11:45am, Main Stage — Opening Ceremony, (Which usually features new announcements for all properties.)
  • 12pm-1pm, Panel Stage — Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Cinematic Intro – Bringing Death to Life
  • 3:30-4:30pm, Main Stage — Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls Preview
  • 5:006:00pm — Diablo III Lore and Story Q&A
  • Saturday November 9

  • 11:15am-12:15pm, Panel Stage — Diablo 3 Gameplay Systems + Crusader
  • 3:15-4:15pm Panel Stage — Diablo 3 Open Q&A
  • My quick count of panels (which is not yet set in stone so may shift before the show): 10 WoW, 5 D3, 2 Blizzard AllStars, 1 Starcraft 2. There are also constant live WoW raids and SC2 and Hearthstone tournament play, compared to zero live Diablo 3 play. On stage, at least. We do get demo machines, and I’m going to spend most of my show time playing (likely in the press room where there’s a short line and no 15 minute session limit, so expect one of my usual mega-reports on the Crusader). What else will we see for Diablo at the show?

    With 300 demo stations at their command, attendees will have the opportunity to join the fight for Westmarch, seek fame and treasure in all-new Nephalem Rifts (previously called Loot Runs), and journey through Adventure Mode, where the world itself is your battlefield. All five of the original Diablo III classes will be playable, as well as the recently-unveiled Crusader, a fierce mid-range melee warrior who wields punishing weapons (and an even more punishing arsenal of spells and abilities).

    We’re also excited to announce that Diablo III: Reaper of Souls will be making its public debut on the PlayStation® 4 at BlizzCon 2013!

    In our action-packed single-player and same-screen co-op demos, players will get to explore the haunted streets of Westmarch as one of our five original classes or test their mettle as the unyielding Crusader. Attendees will also be some of the first in the world to take on Death itself using a DUALSHOCK®4 controller, featuring touch pad technology designed to help keep heroes out game menus and focused on what they do best: killing monsters.

    I know a lot of people who are going to the show this year, including at least half a dozen of the regular podcast guests, so we’ll have plenty of conversation and discussion about the D3 playable demo coming up from the show and immediately afterwards. Plus we’ll get new Diablo 3 dev interviews, adding info beyond what comes from the panels.

    So… Has excite? Or disappoint?

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    15 thoughts on “Blizzcon 2013 Panel Schedule Posted

    1. I see they are planning to show the new expansion played on the ps4 at Blizzcon. I hope this means they are planning to release it on ps3 as well, since thats where i play the game on.

    2. Excellent news about the PS4. That’s pretty much what I’m waiting on except I didn’t think they were that advanced on its development. I hope this means it comes out for the PS4 at the same time as the PC version.

    3. “Malthael, the Angel of Death, grows restless. Having sieged the historic city of Westmarch, he now sets his sights on a new metropolis: Anaheim, California—the great gamer haven of the West.”

      We’ve gotta warn all the people.

    4. Well it’s more or less what was expected (except for the PS4 version of Reaper of Souls).
      Concerning live play of D3, there is not a lot to show compared to the other titles, essentially because there is no pvp.

    5. At this point, it is pretty obvious they are more interested in consoles than PC. There is little of hope for RoS to be closer to D2 now. I am really dissapointed in Blizzard.

      • funny, I’m disappointed the game is becoming more like D2 (removal of AH, Addition of meaningless stat points). D2 was a great game, I played it for hundreds of hours, but D3 was a nice step away(and forward!) from D2.

        The more I hear about RoS the less excited I am.

    6. Indeed. Im also disappointed that they will show RoS for PS4.
      So much development time wasted on consoles… PC version could have been awesome if they invested the time into that.

    7. “Diablo 3 Gameplay Systems + Crusader”
      – this is exciting, we should be able to see how they have implemented the new paragon and loot systems on PC.

      Would not get too excited, the cool stuff will be cut out before release 🙂

      I dont like that the focus is going to be on PS4 and how cool the controller system is, rather than what’s great about the expansion or the revamped systems.

      I’ve not followed all stars closely, so I will be excited about something new there.

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