April Fool’s or not, linkjacking or not, the Diablo Facebook page hit another 25,000 milestone, and thusly were two images fired forth to the Diablo fansites.
The artwork is a rerun, it’s Brom‘s painting of an Activated Vessel that was first seen (IIRC) in the Game Art Museum at Blizzcon in 2009, and then released in a high quality digital image on the Blizzcon 2010 press CD. Well, here it is again, in even higher quality. I uploaded this one over the shot we’ve had in the Diablo 3 Monster Art Gallery since last year, and you should really give the thumb a click, then click on the shot to see it full size, since it’s basically a digital poster: 1950?2685 pixels. The amount of detail in Brom’s artwork is amazing, when you take a minute to study the image.
Unlike the artwork, we’ve never seen the screenshot before, although like 99% of D3 screens, it shows a character, monster, skill, level, etc, we’ve seen in dozens of other screens, plus a gameplay movie. (One benefit of them releasing almost all their screens from the same areas; we’re going to have a lot of new things to see come gametime.) The shot includes a good bit of action in the center, where the Demon Hunter’s Multishot blast has just nailed a bunch of Cultists, finishing off one of them in a veritable fountain of dropped items, which are still falling to earth. The shot below is a cropped closeup of the impact zone; click it to see the full shot.