Logic Behind PTR Activation, PS3 and XBox 360 D3 Guide Updated, Console Version Clarifications, New Wallpaper, BlizzCon 2013 Vir

Reminder: In case you've missed it check out our datamined post regarding ladders, clans, new game modes, in-game models and much more, plus the separate one for class changes in the expansion!

Logic Behind PTR Activation
Ever since DiabloFans started datamining info on the upcoming expansion Reaper of Souls, people have been asking what is the source of said data. Very useful information in that regard is Vaeflare's post on the logic behind when and if a PTR servers should be activated.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Can someone please elighten me on the D3 PTR. Is it only available at certain times, pre-patch for instance?
Sometimes before we launch a major patch onto live servers, we offer players the opportunity to participate in a PTR. The duration of this testing is variable, and after it has been concluded (shortly before the patch is released onto live servers), we'll close down the PTR testing in preparation for the patch's official launch.

While we don't always offer a PTR for patches, if and when we plan to have another one, we'll be sure to let you know. :)

D3 Game Guide Updated for PS3 and Xbox 360

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Get ready to amplify your Nephalem powers! The Diablo III game guide has just been updated with information on the console versions of the game.

We're always looking for ways to expand and improve the guide with answers to all of your questions. If there are any particular aspects of the game you're curious about, let us know in the comments!

Console Version Clarifications

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Thanks! We're glad to hear you're having a great time with Diablo III on the console, and we're really excited about all the stuff we're working on to make it even better.

My only issue is that you cant cancel archon once activated, share the loot that dropped with the party you are in, or view profiles
I'm not sure what you mean about not being able to share the loot with your party. Do you mean that you can't link the item in party chat? Because you can drop items on the ground for fellow party members (as long as they're not account bound) from the item menu or with the quick loot feature. Also, you can view their profiles in the party section of the menu. It's a little buried, but worth finding so you can chat about builds and gear with your fellow adventurers.

The roll feature is awesome .. Dodging and backstepping away from stuff feels so fluid.
I think I use the dodge feature to break things more than I do to actually dodge anything. Anyone else do this?

I'm not sure if anyone else noticed, not sure this is intended or not but... if you Barrel Roll as frozen orbs go off, you will not get frozen. Ever. Try it. This is something you couldn't do on PC.
I don't always remember to time a dodge when Frozen orbs are exploding, but I've noticed you can avoid being frozen by doing so. Just remember that it doesn't work with all of the elite affixes, and attempting to do a barrel roll under an Arcane Beam will just get you torn up.

New Wallpaper: "Arms of Death"

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

"He existed to seek the meaning of all things—the truth in all things."

Quiet and elusive, Malthael was an enigma to his own kind. While a revered member of the Angiris Council, in the years following the destruction of the Worldstone he began to grow increasingly distant and withdrawn, prone to long periods spent in isolation. No one knew where he went. No one knew the purpose of these mysterious journeys. Until one day, he just disappeared. . .

Capture the horror of Malthael's transformation into the Angel of Death on your PC with an all-new wallpaper featuring artwork by John Polidora! Visit our Diablo III Media section to down this wallpaper in multiple resolutions, and be sure to stay tuned for even more deadly designs to decorate your desktops.

Looking for more information on Diablo III: Reaper of Souls? Check out our official web site, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Missed last week's wallpaper? Check it out here!

BlizzCon 2013 Virtual Ticket On Sale

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

BlizzCon 2013 is just two months away, and we know everyone’s excited to see what’s in store. Even if you’re not attending in person, you can experience of the sights and sounds of the show from home with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, available to order now at www.blizzcon.com. Now you can be a part of Blizzard’s epic two-day gaming convention without having to wear pants—unless, of course, you’ve invited friends over to watch.

The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket will give you live online HD coverage of the event, taking place Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center. You’ll get access to both days of the show via two exclusive channels, including the developer panels, exclusive interviews, community contests, and the closing ceremony, along with on-demand replays and DVR functionality. Note that Virtual Ticket coverage will be available in English language only, so keep that in mind before you purchase.

Bonus Loot

Since we know everyone likes epic loot, anyone who orders a Virtual Ticket will also receive this year’s BlizzCon-exclusive in-game goodies for World of Warcraft®, StarCraft II, Diablo III, and Hearthstone™: Heroes of Warcraft™ (details coming soon).

You’ll also get access to an exclusive, limited-time online pre-BlizzCon merchandise sale featuring a selection of commemorative items that will be available for purchase at the show.* This special pre-BlizzCon sale is scheduled to take place over a 5-day period in the weeks leading up to the show, and will be followed by a public sale offering a more limited selection of items. We’ll have more details on the pre-sale in the coming weeks.

Free WCS and Warcraft eSports Tournament Streams

Even if you don’t purchase a Virtual Ticket, you’ll still be able to catch plenty of BlizzCon action online for free. Coverage of the BlizzCon opening ceremony and this year’s BlizzCon eSports tournaments—including the StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals and the World of Warcraft Arena Global Invitational—will be streamed for free in HD at www.blizzcon.com and the official WCS website.
For more information on the Virtual Ticket, check out the Virtual Ticket page or read the FAQ.

*While supplies last. All orders placed in the online pre-BlizzCon merchandise sale will be shipped from the United States; international shipping rates may apply.


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