April 26, 2012
April 25, 2012
April 24, 2012
So, reports have been correct, incorrect, then correct again based on confirmations, reconfirmations, retractions, and requests to “wait for an official word.” We’ve reported it each time there has been a change in the responses from Blizzard CM’s. The community has been told that each region will launch based on local time, and we’ve also been told launches will beholden to Blizzard time, PDT. So which is it?
April 23, 2012
The next spotlight has been put put up for the Witch Doctor on IGN. This is one of the better videos yet; there’s some nice insight into the Witch Doctor’s backstory, plus the gameplay footage is very good. It’s not the headless chicken style of gameplay video we’ve become used to, but a nice demonstration of a wide variety of Witch Doctor skills and rune effects, including a good close up look at the Gargantuan minion.
April 21, 2012
Interesting tweets from Jay Wilson of late, for the light they shed on the D3 dev process. Jay was on vacation (staycation) last week, and today he’s off for an 8 day press tour of distant lands.
April 19, 2012
With Diablo 3 coming out on the 15th you would think other publishers would be avoiding releasing any titles around the same time. Let’s face it, the Diablo 3 audience is massive and it’s Blizzard’s first release for quite some time. The only other title of note that’s going head to head with Diablo 3 on the 15th is Max Payne 3, which will appeal to a different audience. However, Nordic games were so concerned about releasing their expansion for SpellForce 2, called SpellForce 2: Faith in Destiny, they have delayed its release until June. In a statement from Nordic Games’ Philipp Brock, they made it pretty clear releasing at the same time would be a bad idea.
April 18, 2012
If it seems like you’ve been waiting forever for Diablo III… you have! As Risingred documents in this forum thread, the time between Diablo III’s announcement and release, and the time between the start and finish of the Diablo III beta are both the longest in the history of Blizzard Entertainment.
What time servers will go online for retail is a question many have asked – will all servers go live midnight PST (8am GMT) or is it midnight local time, thereby giving some access sooner than others? It’s a question that will be answered by the end of this week.
Moments ago the Heroes Rise promotional page passed the 40% completion mark and with it we get another Dev Diary, the third in the series. This short clip covers “the biggest challenges going into the Diablo III testing and localization phases.” The video again features Jay Wilson, Christian Lichtner, and Jason Regier. As a recap, the first installment covered a brief status of development early in 2011, while the second covers polishing phases of the game and the internal alpha. This third installment covers similar grounds, delving more into the development process beyond the internal alpha.
April 17, 2012
Much like the Demon Hunter and the Barbarian short stories that accompany their Heroes Rise reveal, “Unyielding” follows the path of a monk before news of the falling star reaches his ears. The previous two stories have been fairly intriguing and sets the stage rather well before the journey truly begins.
April 12, 2012
You heard correctly. 275,000 invites are on their way to battle.net account holders across the globe. We recently scoffed at the measly 8 beta keys that Blizzard Customer Service has been tweeting over the past few days in comparison to the 750,000 keys awarded to Panda Packers. It seems that they’re finally stepping it up as we draw ever closer to the release date.
So, midnight local or midnight Blizzard’s time? A question lots of us are asking. Who gets the jump here? Blizzard have issued clarification that clarification will be forthcoming once they have… um… clarified it amongst themselves.
Thanks to a reader by the name of Josh for sending us the following two pics, showing front and back photos of a bundle of Diablo III reservation cards he sighted at his local Target store. Going by Target.com, their pricing is standard. D3 is $60 and the D3CE is $100, but hey look, they’ve got Diablo III t-shirts for $10, or 3/$25, which is a damn good deal. Who knew?
April 11, 2012
This evening the B.net forums saw a couple of posts from Vaeflare, a CM I’ve never noticed before. In them he dropped a few subtle hints encouraging readers to assist Blizzard in spreading the word about the impending release of Diablo III.