Hardcore PvP, Runed Meteor, Book of Cain, Beta Screenshots

  • #1
    UPDATE - "Fun" 15 Year Anniversary Is Not a Wallpaper or Release Date.
    Good news on this hot topic, the "fun" thing will NOT be a wallpaper! However it will most likely not be a release date.


    Official Blizzard Quote:



    I don't believe any wallpapers are involved. :)

    Official Blizzard Quote:



    a release date would be nice.
    It would be. But don't count on it. :)



    Hardcore PVP - Final Death?
    One again, pikke has pointed out some good blue posts from the Italian forums. Remember these are roughly translated, so please keep this in mind.


    Official Blizzard Quote:



    Simply we still have no definitive version of how the characters will be handled Hardcore PvP.
    We have in mind the interest that some players, as you are showing, they have towards the Hardcore mode.

    During BlizzCon Jay Wilson had said that we are considering various hypotheses, including a small arena for 1v1 and so on. Our aim is obviously to offer you the means to satisfy the desire of players interested in adrenaline mode.
    How, we have not definitively decided.

    Currently we have no plan to permanently kill the PCs in the arenas for teams, but only in PvE (intended to be: only in areas of the game dedicated to PvE, if a character is killed while on a stroll of course counts the same as final death).

    I will keep you updated.

    Isn't not dying in hardcore pvp a contradiction?

    I honestly can't see how an arena could work with the final death activated.
    Each character would have an average life expectancy of 1 match likely, given the ease with which a character might die if the opposing team focus on it.
    I understand the adrenaline, but it would be counterproductive for the fun.

    That said, we have not yet taken a final decision, our intention is to put some PvP mode that allows the final death, be it by duel, by 1v1 arena, or something we have not yet thought of.

    We are evaluating the pros and cons of various options




    Wizard - Meteor Runed
    We have put together a video of the Wizard's runed DiabloWiki.com - Meteor Meteor spell. Please keep in mind this is put together from the beta and does not reflect how it will look live.





    Book of Cain Signing
    For anyone who has or wishes to get a copy of the Book of Cain, now is a good time. On January 7th you can get it signed!

    If you have been keeping up with the Big Blue's news lately, then you may have heard about a little product called the Book of Cain. This definitive Diablo source book compounds the franchise's major lore with stunning artwork provided by many of the industry's greatest illustrators.

    Heavyweights like; John Howe, Alan Lee, Gerald Brom, Ian McCaig and Adrian Smith to name a few. And also our very own Red Knuckle Welshman, Mark Gibbons!

    To celebrate the release, the authors of the book (Chris Metzen, Micky Neilson and Flint Dille) together with artist Mark Gibbons have set up a panel and signing in a Los Angeles book store. Here are the details:

    Date: Saturday January 7, 2012
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Book Soup - 8818 Sunset Boulevard - West Hollywood, CA 90069

    Want to meet the Thundergod and the Red Knuckle in person? Here's your chance!





    Beta Screenshots
    Today we have a DiabloWiki.com - Wizard Wizard casting DiabloWiki.com - Disintegrate Disintegrate into a group of skeletons, a group taking on a DiabloWiki.com - Harvester Harvester with DiabloWiki.com - Grasp of the Dead Grasp of the Dead and DiabloWiki.com - Firebomb Firebomb, and an unlucky DiabloWiki.com - Barbarian Barbarian about to meet his maker after an exploding DiabloWiki.com - Grotesque Grotesque.

  • #2
    Runed Skills - definitely what makes this game!
  • #3
    http://www.diablofans.com/news/1009-meteor-runestone-effects/

    Why double post Meteor runed effects? We have SO MANY other spells to see runed!
  • #4
    Quote from Benegesserit

    http://www.diablofans.com/news/1009-meteor-runestone-effects/

    Why double post Meteor runed effects? We have SO MANY other spells to see runed!

    we're redoing them all, including new ones.

    don't worry, we have a brand new never seen (at least via a quick search on youtube) for tomorrow.

    But as you can tell, a lot of people have yet to see it =)
  • #5
    Good stuff with that Wizard rune video - I know they must take some time to make, but I can't help be surprised that there aren't really crazy people in this community who would have made rune vids for all the skills by now o_0.

    I can't wait for Witch Doctor rune vids! :)
  • #6
    Love the skill video. :)

    Dunno if blues about PvP are worrying or not: I keep having this feeling Blizz people are themselves confused about D3.
    But I hope they are just good at keeping me confused.
  • #7
    Quote from pikke

    Love the skill video. :)

    Dunno if blues about PvP are worrying or not: I keep having this feeling Blizz people are themselves confused about D3.
    But I hope they are just good at keeping me confused.


    well theres a couple ways to look at it. This is how I look at it.

    They could easily just throw it in, or not, and be done with it. The fact is though thats not what they are doing. They are sitting down, and taking the time to think what will make the best game overall. Thats a good thing. (also kinda proves the delay is not SK related...as they have said =P )
  • #8
    I hereby claim the phrase "adrenaline mode" as my own
  • #9
    Ok now... the guy is using smileys at the end of his sentences for christ sake! This just has to be the release date announcement... please?
  • #10
    Quote from Puttah

    Ok now... the guy is using smileys at the end of his sentences for christ sake! This just has to be the release date announcement... please?

    The chance of that is so so so so tinny.
    My guess is still site update with new features, which im looking forward to.
  • #11
    YAY for no wallpaper! I can't wait to see what it is then!
  • #12
    It's a screensaver! :) Hehe!
    Skill looks awesome!
  • #13
    Quote from Molster

    Quote from Puttah

    Ok now... the guy is using smileys at the end of his sentences for christ sake! This just has to be the release date announcement... please?

    The chance of that is so so so so tinny.
    My guess is still site update with new features, which im looking forward to.

    How so? I think the 15th anniversary deserves something pretty big, and it's about the right time to finally announce the release.

    But it's probably just the anxiousness in me talking.
  • #14
    Was surprised he actually responded to my tweet about whether it was a wallpaper. Was glad to hear it but I'm still having doubts over it being anything special..
  • #15
    Quote from Macsword

    It's a screensaver! :) Hehe!
    Skill looks awesome!


    rofl..that...I dunno..I think id like that tbh




    Quote from TormentedDoss

    Was surprised he actually responded to my tweet about whether it was a wallpaper. Was glad to hear it but I'm still having doubts over it being anything special..


    You have the tweet of the day my friend.
  • #16
    Ya, I knew everyone was wondering it just like myself so figured couldn't hurt to ask.

    On another note - had no idea I had an account - Been so long since I posted(says I have 10 posts) but can't find any and had to have my password reset and changed my profile picture cause it was like 4-5 years old
  • #17
    Your old posts were probably from when this site was diablo3.com

    Well I hope you stick around =)
  • #18
    So we are expecting anything between a release date and a wallpaper? That narrows down a lot. (:

    IMO, though, it will be mass beta invitations, although it would also mean that we won't be seeing the actual game for time.
  • #19
    Quote from abarrach

    So we are expecting anything between a release date and a wallpaper? That narrows down a lot. (:

    IMO, though, it will be mass beta invitations, although it would also mean that we won't be seeing the actual game for time.


    Won't be that either, We would see patch 10 first (he has a tweet about server stability atm)
  • #20
    Quote from abarrach

    So we are expecting anything between a release date and a wallpaper? That narrows down a lot. (:

    IMO, though, it will be mass beta invitations, although it would also mean that we won't be seeing the actual game for time.


    Would be nice but ya he definetly tweeted about server stability... Still trying to get my hands on a invite myself :-(
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