UPDATED: New Diablo 3 Rumor Mill from PC Action Magazine

A few weeks ago, a rumor mill started when PCGamer wrapped up the June Edition magazine with an interesting and catchy Next Issue riddle that caught many Diablo fans in a brainstorming haze. DiabloFans contacted PCGamer and they denied the August Edition was about Diablo or any Blizzard game. (Read More)

Today a new Rumor Mill has ignited engines at the DiabloFans Forums with PC Action (Germany) using the same type of catchy riddle. Of course, it can be any game, and as some fans said: "... We are just picking straws, like we always do."

The riddle says:

GERMAN

Von einer uns bekannten Person erfuhren wir geheime Informationen über ein heiß erwartetes Spiel eines sehr bekannten Spieleentwicklers, dessen Namen wir nicht nennen dürfen. Klingt sauwichtig, oder? Sagen wir so: Der Gedanke daran lässt unsere Bettlaken nass werden. Habt ihr Ideen? Dann postet sie in den Kommentarbereich. Selbst wenn die Hölle zufriert oder Kühe beginnen Bier zu geben - wir verraten nichts!

pcaction.de meint: HAHA! Wir haben Bilder gesehen und ihr nicht!
ENGLISH TRANSLATION by ov3erlord

30.05.2008 10:55 - We found out some secret information about a much awaited game, from a very well known game developer, whom we can't name. Sounds extremely important, doesn't it? Let's say: Pure thought about it makes our bedsheets wet. Got any ideas? Post them in the comments. Even if the hell froze and cows gave beer - we would spill nothig out!

pcaction.de thinks: HAHA! we have seen the pictures and you have not! -- Source: PCAction

UPDATE: Now PC Action is ... linking to Diablofans.com here



The reason this new rumor mill is rolling is the use of two intriguing connotations: Hell and Cows. Are fans seeing things where there is none? Collective hysteria? I don't know personally. Fans want the game so much, they jump to conclusions at unison. Who am I lying to? I am on that wagon myself.

Read more at the DiabloFans Forum Thread that spawned the new Rumor. Post your comment at the forum thread ... Blizzard is listening.

Update: The internet is surely a magical gateway and pretty fast. Bluesnews is now echoing the rumor mill. Not a surprise, since any gaming news outlet out there dies to hear anything about a new Diablo installment from Blizzard. As an update, I just established contact with PC Action a few minutes ago (2pm EST/-5GMT). They were fast to reply. I will update in a few minutes (It is 1am Germany time, so I guess tomorrow I may get a official statement from PC Action).

UPDATE June 5 10am EST (-5GMT).

PC Action: Unfortunately we are not allowed to talk about any details at the moment concerning this game :)

-- Lukasz Ciszewski
On another note, Diablo fansite PurePandemonium claims to have gotten a statement today from Michael Gough - voice actor who performed as Deckard Cain in Diablo II. I don't know if this one is true either, but I do have Michael Gough's contact details from his agent since July 2007 -- it won't be hard to confirm. More updates as they become available.

UPDATE June 5 10am EST (-5GMT)

Blizzplanet: Though, brief and not really saying yes or no about the authenticy of the PurePandemonium email, Michael Gough replied my email. He won't talk further on the topic. I would say the PurePandemonium snippet from him is real. He was conservative and somewhat of a teaser without really confirming anything .... Let's just say he replied with riddles as he does in his role a la Deckard Cain. Grins.

Michael Gough: "I'm afraid I can offer no further info at this time, lest I be
lowered into a pit of boiling tar. But keep your eyes & ears open."
Something I reported a few months ago, which may explain why these rumors are taken so seriously is that the official Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals website's FAQ page says the following:

Due to the nature of some content at the 2008 Blizzard Entertainment Worldwide Invitational, attendees under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or responsible adult (of 18 years and above).
Slap me dumb, but I don't recall World of Warcraft or Starcraft 2 content requiring under age 16 players needing a babysitter (parent).

Starcraft: Brood War was rated ESRB T (Teen). You can find the ESRB rating at the bottom of the Starcraft website. World of Warcraft is also rated ESRB T (Teen) ... find the rating at the bottom of the World of Warcraft official website.

TEEN
Titles rated T (Teen) have content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older. Titles in this category may contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling, and/or infrequent use of strong language.

And finally, Diablo II was rated ESRB M+17 (Mature) as you may see at the Diablo II website

MATURE
Titles rated M (Mature) have content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older. Titles in this category may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.

Are you pondering, what I am pondering ... Pinky?

Comments

  • #1 thecowking
    Oooh I am so excited about all the news lately! WOO!

    Also, I got an exclusive hint from Michael Gough (voice actor that did the voice of Deckard Cain)

    it's at my Diablo 3 site www.purepandemonium.com

    Diablo fans admins, please feel free to post my michael gough story on your site!
  • #2 FingolfinGR
    even more interesting than the previous one. good thing the time of the WWI comes closer!
  • #3 meuhey
    I hope its about diablo damn it, I mean saying hell and cow is a BIG hint... Nice interview you got there cowking.

    oh and i just read the WWI faq and run across this


    Is there an age limit for attendees?


    The event is open to attendees of ages 4 years and above. Due to the nature of some content at the 2008 Blizzard Entertainment Worldwide Invitational, attendees under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or responsible adult (of 18 years and above).

    I dont really know if starcraft 2 is as brutal and gory as diablo universe but that means they gonna show some mature content in there! Was last year WWI age restricted???
  • #4 Duckman_Drake
    Much more plausible than the PC Gamer one.

    Gough thing is cool too.
  • #5 FingolfinGR
    about that interview, could you provide some proof that it was him that actually said these things?
    i could do the same thing without anyone knowing if i was true or not. Not saying you're lying, i just dont want to see peoples hopes go too high without valid reasons.
  • #6 Medievaldragon
    Quote from "FingolfinGR" »
    about that interview, could you provide some proof that it was him that actually said these things?
    i could do the same thing without anyone knowing if i was true or not. Not saying you're lying, i just dont want to see peoples hopes go too high without valid reasons.

    This won't be too hard for me to find out. I have Gough's contact info through his agent since July 2007.
  • #7 FingolfinGR
    good good! let us know when you do!
  • #8 thecowking
    I can't provide proof other than you'd have to email Michael and find out for yourself.

    I'm not sure how or what I could necessarily do to physically prove it.
  • #9 Medievaldragon
    Don't worry, I am emailing him right now. That will boost your credibility.
  • #10 thecowking
    Quote from "Medievaldragon" »
    Don't worry, I am emailing him right now. That will boost your credibility.


    Thanks Medievaldragon.
  • #11 Explorer
    Very exciting and promising news. "Cows" and "Hell".... oh baby....
  • #12 RGM
    Wow! exciting indeed.
  • #13 Atrumentis
    Ooh my, Hell and Cows!? What else could it be?

    And obviously they have to plainly deny any speculation because they aren't allowed to reveal anything, so emailing them won't really discount the possibility of DIII.
  • #14 Christ
    Interesting is it not?
    I just hope it doesn't turn out as the other newspost which contained "whe had to go through *censored* to get it", that would just suck to hard!
  • #15 Siaynoq
    Good show old man! :D

    Well, this may be strong evidence there will be a secret cow level in Diablo 3.
  • #16 WorldRaider
    Well, MD, even if it were confirmed, you couldnt tell us... Could you?

    Or would you just say, ( The waiting has come to an end )? Even that gives it away... but yeah.
  • #17 TAShees2
    maybe it isnt D3 maybe it is a new cow killing game...i think southpark game killed cows and turkeys...southpark 2 return from cow hell...you heard it here first
  • #18 Freeid
    Oh My God, how the hell had I not heard the Cain rap before!
  • #19 ov3erlord
    i'm sooo happy to have started this rumor mill!!!! :) jesus so happy, and also famous, my translation on the front page, omg, i'm fainting from excitement

    also, md could you combine the two threads or at least close one of them? because there is some new info in the pcgamer.de article and its quite interesting
  • #20 ov3erlord
    more news! ... also, it would be wise to unite the two threads or at least close one..

    Quote from "Gromir" »
    Here we go to the next round:
    http://www.pcaction.de/?article_id=646107

    For the lazy ones here is the text:
    here is a translation of the text (things i don't know properly, i wrote italic):

    Well, it sounds like a cat & mouse game they play with us. Although PCAction is a fairly reputable magazine in Germany.
    But if it's not about Diablo3 i'll boycott them for the rest of their life.;)
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