Senior Game Designer Joe Shely will hop onto Facebook Live on Thursday at 4PM PST to answer community questions. For details on how to submit your questions, check the announcement below. We will of course bring you a summary of the Q&A shortly afterwards.
Join us for our first-ever Facebook Live Q&A Thursday, December 15! We’ll be joined by Senior Game Designer Joe Shely to answer a few of your Diablo questions.
Got a question for us? Submit any Diablo question by posting in this forum thread or via Twitter using the hashtag #D3QA.
We’re hoping to answer as many questions as we can and can’t wait to see you Thursday at 4:00 p.m. PST. See you there!
Clickies, Traps & Breakables Lightning Talk
The first of the Lightning Talks, focusing on inside design insights, from this year's BlizzCon has been re-recorded and uploaded to youtube! In this video, Neal Wojahn talks about how the environmental kills came into being and what the challenges in making them happen were. The volume is fairly low, so be sure to turn it up.
Blizzard has launched their own book-publishing label, Blizzard Publishing. While all initial (re)releases are set in the Warcraft universe, we can be sure that future Diablo books will appear under this new label, too.
Blizzard Entertainment today announced the creation of a book-publishing label, Blizzard Publishing, dedicated to developing and releasing new Blizzard publications and reissuing out-of-print titles in the company’s Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo settings, directly and through ongoing global partnerships. Each of Blizzard’s game universes has been inhabited by millions of players worldwide, and Blizzard Publishing will help maintain the lore and legacy of the company’s earliest novels and manga while also providing a variety of new ways for people to engage with Blizzard’s rich worlds and characters. Several of Blizzard Publishing’s upcoming releases will be available in multiple formats, such as print, audiobook, and e-book. The first books published under the Blizzard Publishing label include two sets of previously released novels and manga from award-winning and New York Times best-selling authors.
Warcraft:The Last Guardian by Jeff Grubb
Warcraft:Lord of the Clans by Christie Golden
World of Warcraft:Rise of the Horde by Christie Golden
Warcraft Legends: Volume One, with stories by Richard A. Knaak, Dan Jolley, and Jae-Hwan Kim
Warcraft Legends:Volume Two, with stories by Richard A. Knaak, Dan Jolley, and Aaron Sparrow
Future releases in the Blizzard Legends and Blizzard Manga series will include titles across multiple Blizzard franchises.
Blizzard Publishing has also developed a new original title, the World of Warcraft Adult Coloring Book—an epic volume of more than 80 pieces of concept art, sketches, and more, featuring characters and scenes from beloved locales across Azeroth.
“Great stories and inspiring artwork have always been at the heart of everything we do,” said Lydia Bottegoni, senior vice president of story and franchise development at Blizzard Entertainment. “The creation of Blizzard Publishing gives us new opportunities to celebrate the art and stories of our games with Blizzard gamers as well as fantasy and sci-fi fans around the world.”
Those looking to dive into a new book today can find the aforementioned Blizzard Legends novels and Blizzard Manga titles, as well as the World of Warcraft Adult Coloring Book, wherever books are sold and online at gear.blizzard.com. Blizzard Legends titles are available for USD $14.95; Blizzard Manga titles and the World of Warcraft Adult Coloring Book can be purchased for USD $12.95. Blizzard Publishing releases are distributed by Publishers Group West.
Blizzard Publishing is also planning to release a captivating series of full-color coffee table art books, starting with Art of Hearthstone and Cinematic Art of StarCraft, as well as additional novel and manga reissues, in 2017 and beyond. Further details about these and other Blizzard Publishing titles, including pricing for regional translations, will be announced at a later date.
Rhykker's Unhallowed Grenades DH Build
Rhykker has published a new video detailing a new PTR Demon Hunter build using Unhallowed Essence and the new Hellcat Waistguard. It plays quite a bit differently from existing UE builds, so be sure to have a look.
New PTR Patch Notes - 184.108.40.206336 - Set Buffs For Every Class
Once again, the 2.4.3 PTR has received an update! And this time around we have a number of balancing changes: Apart from the changes to the new items we reported on a few days ago, there are also buffs to various class sets like Roland's Legacy, Embodiment of the Marauder, Inna's Mantra, Spirit of Arachyr, and Delsere's Magnum Opus. The Barbarian's Wrath of the Wastes set has also received changes to be less dependent on Dust Devil RNG.
It's been great to see a lot of earnest testing and honest feedback. Thanks, everyone, who's participated thus far! Based on your feedback, we have a few changes pending for some of these items that I wanted to share before they go live in the next PTR patch.
The Barber Those of you who have been testing The Barber have seen this item jump from flat out not-functioning to most certainly over-performing. We suspect that the damage on this item is a tad high (particularly when using the Phantasm rune), so we're removing the damage bonus granted by the final explosion. There were also some pretty funky interactions occurring with Phantasm that caused some scaling issues, and we'll be correcting those.
TLDR: Witch Doctors looking for massive AoE explosions from Spirit Barrage should still see effective results, but they won't be quite so over the top.
Faithful Memory Faithful Memory is greatly benefiting from changes made to Greater Rifts and density. As many of you have noted, it's a wee bit on the powerful side. We're going to implement a cap on the number of stacks that can be gained and see how this performs. That leaves room for potential tweaking in the future if it's been adjusted too far.
Hellcat's Waistguard We're pretty happy with how Hellcat's Waistguard is panning out in practice. We wanted to introduce an alternative play style rather than a new meta for Greater Rift pushing with the possibility that someone might discover a new top-tier combination or build with it, and we feel this item fulfills that goal.
Manald Heal Manald Heal is in very much a similar place as Hellcat's Waistguard, though it admittedly needed a bump from its initial version on the PTR. Thanks to everyone who helped us test this item! The builds that are coming out of it actually perform pretty well, and we think there's still more room for player experimentation here.
Overall, I want to reiterate that we don't intentionally design items to shift or change "the meta," nor are we looking to continue feeding power creep. The intention of many of these items (and likely those in the future) will be to provide options to play differently while remaining reasonably competitive with other existing options.
One of our moderators and official MVP, Monstrous, took to our forums to ask how a third person Diablo game would look like. Jay Wilson recently tweeted about how every other game during D3's early development seemed to go down the third person route but that he hand his team decided to stick with the isometric perspective. What if they hadn't? Do you think a Diablo game could work in third person? How would that play? Let us know on the forums!
Rhykker's S9 Builds
Popular Twitch Streamer and Youtuber Rhykker has released a new video showcasing how the current top builds may change come patch 2.4.3 and Season 9. He goes over all classes and explains how the additional item each of them gets influences how each class can be played. Watch the video below!