BlizzCon 2011 Opening Ceremony

So, I'm sure many of you watched the BlizzCon 2011 opening ceremony. Since we're a Diablo fansite, I will focus on the relevant parts from a Diablo perspective. As a friendly reminder, if you're interested, you should check MMO-Champion for World of Warcraft coverage and SC2Mapster for Starcraft II coverage.


First the bad news. No, there was no release date announced.

However, we got probably the second best thing. During the opening ceremony we were shown what is the opening cinematic of Diablo III. Bits and pieces of the cinematic were shown in the original cinematic teaser released back in 2008. The cinematic has been slightly edited by removing some bits to preserve the freshness of the story for the release.

I doubt any amount of words can do it justice. Watch and re-watch it below to your heart's fullest delight.


We were also shown the Diablo III box art in all of its glory, and also the Collector's Edition box, seen below.

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The contents of the Collector's Edition were also announced:


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  • DIII aesthetic items and other items for WoW and SCII. For Diablo III we'll get equippable wings, an exclusive banner and two exclusive dyes (whose effects remain unknown for now).
  • Behind the scenes DVD/BLU-RAY two disc set.
  • An artbook consisting of DIII artwork.
  • A soulstone-shaped USB-stick with DII loaded into it.
  • A soundtrack CD.

The major other Diablo III related topic that was touched during the opening ceremony is that Diablo III will be offered without additional cost to those that bind themselves into the new WoW 12-month subscription. Although I'm certain this is good news to those of you that enjoy WoW as well, the biggest news flash was without a shadow of the doubt that this means that Diablo III, just like WoW: Cataclysm, will be offered as a digital download, probably downloadable beforehand and playable instantly after midnight on the release date.

Stay tuned in for more Diablo III coverage.

Comments

  • #1 HabeasPorpoise
    Cinematic is freaking awesome
  • #2 MCMXCIX
    Okay, that video was just pure awesomeness. And the collector's edition looks pretty awesome... there goes all of my money for next year...
  • #3 KilltroX
    OMF that Cinematic Trailer looks so awesome!!!! Diablo The Movie - coming to theaters near you!!!
  • #4 jubilantjude
    So who does the black soulstone belong to?? azmodan or someoother evil?? anyone know?
  • #5 misterwolf
    Awesome movie, it is just plain gorgeous. After the Voice of Holland, I will watch it on my big flat screen :)

    I am not too enthusiastic about the collector's edition, though the USB stick is cool.
  • #6 CrusaderGT
    The CG is awesome indeed. Hope they release a 1080p version for a full screen orgasm :)
  • #7 Archanoth
    I doubt this is the opening cinematic of the game. I think it's most likely the Act III cinematic.
  • #8 TitanREW
    AZMODAN! LIAH! THE MONSTER! THE ARMY! THE PURE AWESOMENESS WOoOW
  • #9 Phrayed
    I think the most exciting news it will be available digital download style so I can play it at midnight of the release. :)
  • #10 Tikuto
    Mount Arreat?
    Baal's army let by Azmodan?
    Tyrael and Worldstone?
    Baal and Black Soulstone?
    Witch Doctor's undead Gargantuan as a demon soldier?

    Black Soulstone = resurrect Diablo?

    How do Soulstones work?

  • #11 Tikuto
    Mount Arreat?
    Baal's army led by Azmodan?
    Tyrael and Worldstone?
    Baal and Black Soulstone?
    Witch Doctor's undead Gargantuan as a demon soldier?

    Black Soulstone = resurrect Diablo?

    How do Soulstones work?



  • #12 CrusaderGT
    Quote from Archanoth

    I doubt this is the opening cinematic of the game. I think it's most likely the Act III cinematic.


    Nah, should be an early CG.
  • #13 Tikuto
    Trag'Oul dragon thing? Black Soulstone?
  • #14 Deventh
    My precious...
  • #15 bazoly89
    The big collector's edition box looks like how I imagine an Assassin's Creed box...
  • #16 Vitiositas
    So how much is this wow thing, iv read the faq and the extended faq, and i cant find out on the website because it wants me to put my credit card details in before actually telling me how much it is
  • #17 CPUCore
    Why do I have the feeling that she is actually looking through the eyes of Diablo.It seems like Azmodan is not talking to Leah, but refering to Diablo himself...Maybe Leah will truly be taken over by Diablo.
  • #18 OmniNom
    Yeah, I've been calling leablo shit forever.

    On a related note, anyone else thing this cinematic implied Cain is either dead or captured? Seems like she would just ask him if he was around... I agrizz with that other dude, probably an act 3 cinematic.
  • #19 Warguyver
    Quote from CPUCore

    Why do I have the feeling that she is actually looking through the eyes of Diablo.It seems like Azmodan is not talking to Leah, but refering to Diablo himself...Maybe Leah will truly be taken over by Diablo.


    My thoughts exactly. Azmodan addresses Leah as if he were speaking to a superior (hence the "I defy you"). The cinematic makes a lot more sense if Leah were one of the prime evils.
  • #20 DiabloFanUser53505
    Gosh this collector's edition stuff looks awesome. will it be available in Europe? Does anyone know? Maybe its too early to say... i wish, though. <_
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