Recently on June 24th Blizzard posted a small article confirming that they will be attending Gamescom 2011, which will run August 17th through August 21st in Cologne, Germany. In this article both Starcraft 2, and World of Warcraft are listed as attractions, Diablo 3 having no mention. This lead most of the community to believe Diablo 3 wouldn't be making an appearance. This has turned out to be false, as today on the European Blizzard site branch an article was posted listing Diablo 3 as a playable game at the event, marking the first time a playable version will be demoed in Europe.
News from the event is sure to yield footage of Diablo 3. Though by that point we will have already had a wealth of news from the Diablo 3 Beta meeting which Sixen, and Force will be attending the 27th of July. Information from the meeting won't be available to the masses until August 1st, when the embargo is lifted. During this event the Beta will be avalible for playing, alongside news on Bnet 2.0, and questions for the development team. For more information on this meeting view Sixen's article, We're Off to See the Beta. If you have any questions you'd like to be asked at the meeting, post them in the Blizzard Press Event Questions thread.
Force has posted a new episode of Purgatory, where he covers the length of Act 4 in Diablo 3, the return of Town Portals, The Book of Cain, and Blog Shenanigans.
Today Kaivax also commented on how he feels about the Diablo 3 sound track so far.
Official Blizzard Quote:
I have heard some of the music that's coming with Diablo 3, and all I can say is - I'm very excited about it.
Players of Diablo 1 have often voiced how any music has yet to match the Gothic feel of the original soundtracks. Such works as Diablo 1's Cave Theme certainly set a dark tone. Another common favorite is the Tristram Theme. Musical tastes vary greatly from person to person, so we'll have to wait and see what Diablo 3 brings to our ears.
It's not to late to vote in this weeks poll The Future of Item Selling, and check out Blizzard's Video Contest Results, where a fellow Diablo follower placed 3rd, winning many prizes. Also if you haven't already, listen to this weeks Diablocast where Town Portals, the Book of Cain, Item Stores / Item Selling, and The Future of Item Selling Poll are all discussed.
As part of Blizzard's 20th anniversary, Blizzard held a contest for players of all franchises and all games to create videos of their favorite memories of Blizzard. Out of all of the submissions, eight were chosen for users to vote for the top winners. While many were about the ever popular World of Warcraft there were a few that offered different memories of Blizzard's other games. More interestingly for DiabloFans, there was a Diablo submission in the top eight. Michael Cawcutt, kal3i, gave us a trip down memory lane playing Diablo when he was younger. You can still watch his video here.
After weeks of voting, the winners were finally chosen.
Official Blizzard Quote:
We recently invited players to send in videos of their fondest Blizzard memories. You all voted on them, and now we have our winners. Second place is Michael Cawcutt from Minneapolis, MN.
Winner of a slew of different prizes, I just wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate kal3i and thank him for helping us get a DiabloFan and a Diablo fan representative as winner of one of Blizzard's contest.
If you would like to see the rest of the results of the Video Memory Contest or any other information on Blizzard's 20th anniversary, you can check here.
Hello all, here's the DiabloCast for this week. This time around we talk about return of Town Portals, the brand new D3 Book, and a tangent discussion on item stores and item selling! If you missed the fifteenth episode, you can check it out here. Otherwise, the sixteenth episode covered the following topics:
As we all know, the purchasing and selling of digitized goods is a huge problem in Blizzard games, particularly Diablo II and World of Warcraft. With Diablo III on the horizon, I am curious as to how Blizzard may deal with this problem. As there are no plans for having absolutely BoE/BoP items, anything can easily be traded in-game, or sold on a third party website for cash. Some may argue that it's fair because the hardcore players can obtain items by playing, while the casual players, who still want epic gear, can spend a few bucks and be just as good. Others would say that purchasing items isn't fair in the least bit, because they spend countless hours farming for all that epic gear, that others may be able to get by spending 10 minutes and using a credit card. To resolve this issue, Blizzard could go about it a few different ways...
Blizzard-Hosted Store: Instead of having Blizzard attempt to crack down, or ignore item stores, they could simply open up their own "official" store, where everyone could potentially purchase items from. If item selling is going to be going on, Blizzard could use the money from this store to put into the game, to help make the game better for us. So in a sense, you'd be paying extra for some possible cool future things in D3.
User-hosted Stores: Blizzard could allow users to open up their own stores, to gain profit from. Assuming there will be no botters, these users would have to farm gear to sell themselves, so their countless hours of grinding and farming will earn them some cash.
No Stores: You would prefer Blizzard cracked down on all possible item store attempts and forced users to either trade for, or farm items.
Vanity Items only: The purchasing of only items, such as dyes, etc, that make you visually cooler, but do not affect gameplay whatsoever.
In-Game Gear: Players could purchase any item in the game that can also be found via farming, allowing casual players to be just as good as hardcore players.
Top Tier Gear: You would prefer the only way to obtain the top tier gear is to purchase it from the store, not allowing it to drop in-game.
Other: Perhaps you've come to a conclusion we haven't thought of. If so, please explain in the comments below.
All that in mind, we want to know, what is your position on Item Selling in Diablo 3?
In our previous poll, we wanted to know how you decided which class to play. The results showed "playstyle" as the biggest factor, with a majority of the votes. After playstyle, "archetype" and "skills and traits" tied for second place, with just barely a quarter of the votes that playstyle had.
It appears Blizzard has begun working on the first of what we hope to be many Diablo-related books, "Diablo III: Book of Cain"! However, this does not seem to be an actual novel, in fact, I am not exactly sure what to call it. All I can say for certain is that Denzel Washington will not be making an appearance, despite the name, and Deckard Cain is not blind... I think. Based on the description, I believe it will be something similar to those couple of add-on books for Harry Potter, if anyone knows about them (I believe the most recent was The Tales of Beedle the Bard). It looks to be some further reading on the lore/storyline of the series, from Cain's perspective, in addition to some extra sketches and art, that will get us ready for the actual lore behind Diablo 3. That in mind, I am not downplaying this piece of work whatsoever, any die hard DiabloFan should be more than happy to pass over $20 (if you pre-order, you save $10) for this 144 page beauty.
It's possible this book may be included in the Collector's Edition, however with the release date of the book set at November 15th, I almost don't see this happening. The reasoning behind this is simply because anyone who purchases the CE will not really be getting what they've paid for: Collectibles. This particular item would not really be considered a collectible, as it can just be attained by anyone, separate from the CE itself, prior to the game being released. Usually Blizzard tries to keep items in the CE unique, so those of us that prefer to purchase the CE, can feel like we're actually obtaining some awesome goodies.
Official Blizzard Quote:
In Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo® and Diablo II, the recurring character of Deckard Cain delivered quests, accompanied the brave adventurer, and, as the last of the Horadrim, provided a link to the greater history of the world of Sanctuary. Ever mysterious during these appearances, Cain hinted at a larger story, providing snippets of it in his notebook. Diablo III: Book of Cain is Cain’s formal record of this greater tale—a dissertation on the lore of the Diablo universe, told by one who has witnessed and participated in some of the epic events that make up the eternal conflict between the High Heavens and the Burning Hells.
Designed as an “in-world” artifact from the Diablo universe, Diablo III: Book of Cain includes Cain’s revealing meditations, as well as dozens of sketches and color artworks depicting the angelic and demonic beings who wage constant war with one another.
For players of the eagerly anticipated Diablo III, this mysterious tome will provide a deeper understanding of the franchise and its storyline.