The May Conference call is now over. While most of the call was not about D3, we did get some important information. Most importantly, the Diablo III external beta testing is expected to begin in Q3 of this year; that is July 1st - September 30th. Also with this, Mike Morhaime said that they are still pushing to get Diablo III out this year. Of course, with Blizzard, no dates are set in stone. If anything goes wrong or extremely well, these dates can change. However, considering this is the most current news about the beta and the time frame given is very soon, it is more than likely we will be seeing beta start in a few months. From there, it all depends on how well beta goes for the release date of the actual game. Along with this news, we learned that they have begun internal testing last week. This means that most if not all systems are in the game and running. Along with this, we have been promised to get information about all remaining systems before beta so expect a lot of Diablo III updates very soon.
We want to thank everyone who came to the site to get these updates and the 3,500 live viewers who listened to the podcast today. You can expect a lot more updates in the next coming months and plenty of beta coverage here at DiabloFans and through Force Strategy Gaming. There will be a recorded version of the live podcast later today for those of you who missed it. In the mean time, you can check out the slideshow presentation they gave, and if you're actually interested, you can take a look at this quarters' numbers. If you weren't able to listen into the live DiabloCast, you can listen to the recorded version now.
As I am sure most of you know by now, today @ 1:30 PST is the day of the Activision/Blizzard financial conference call. Now, normally there is not a lot of interesting information during these calls for us DIabloFans, however, todays may be the exception. During the last conference call, Mike Morhaime said there would be news regarding the beta during this call.
Official Blizzard Quote:
As for Diablo III, development continues to go well, and we’re very excited about the game. Our most recent public showcase for Diablo III was at the G-Star show in Korea, where demo stations attracted huge lines of players. I’m looking forward to sharing some more news about the game and our upcoming beta on the next call
So, with the promise of at least "news" and hopefully good news, we here at DiabloFans will be doing everything we possibly can to relay this information with you guys. We will be doing this though various avenues.
First, the actual link to the conference call for those of you who want their info direct from the source. Keep in mind, this is a conference call for investors. This is not a conference call for Blizzard or Diablo. Most of the call is business jargon for investors of Activision and Blizzard. Unless you are into that sort of stuff, you probably should avoid the call itself. http://investor.acti...m?eventid=96008
The second way to get your information from the call is through the Live DiabloCast. Sixen, Force, and ScyberDragon (myself) will be having a live broadcast of the podcast we normally do. We will be discussing Diablo 3 in general, answering questions from you guys (that you can submit on Force's Facebook page), and announcing any Diablo news given during this call. http://www.youtube.c...s/0/OzJQX1Pt3ZQ
Finally, for those of you who would just like your news right here on DiabloFans, I will be giving up to the minute updates on any news given during the call right here. The Front Page, and more specifically this post, will be used to relay any news we hear during the conference call. You can also check out our IRC to chat with other DiabloFans about any of the news given. http://www.diablofans.com
As Bashiok told us in the last DiabloCast, he doesn't recommend listening to the Conference Call because it tends to be business related stuff that the general public need not waste their time on. However, he did say that it would be worth checking out fansites shortly thereafter. While we will be providing live updates, down to the minute, here on DFans, we also thought it'd be fun to extend the podcast as well. Instead of listening to boring business talk, you get to listen to us, :D.
Essentially, we'll have general D3 discussion, we'll be answering any community questions, and we'll also obviously, be providing live updates on the ActivisionBlizzard Conference Call. Force made a video detailing it, if you're curious:
It'll begin at 1PM PST, which is 30 minutes before the call. All you have to do is tune into Force's Live channel on YouTube, which also sports a chatbox.
Those of you curious as to how PvP looks and works in-game can check out Force's commentary over the footage from last years' BlizzCon. You can all consider this a preview of things to come, once the Beta hits, Force and the rest of the DiabloFans team will be working together on a lot of cool things such as this.
Also worth mentioning is the Special Edition T-Shirt Force is doing over the next couple of weeks, so go ahead and try to win one for yourself!
While we're at it, the fourth episode of Machinima's Blizzard Entertainment series is up for those of you who want to see it. There's about 2 minutes in the beginning about the Lord of Destruction expansion, otherwise the rest of it is War3, SC:Ghost, and WoW. Episode 5 of the series should be out on Monday and follows Blizzard through the second half of the last decade.
Blizzard has just released their fifteenth batch of screenshots (see here if you missed the fourteenth) for hitting the 900k 'Like' mark. Once again, we've got the high resolution versions at our disposal here on DiabloFans.
The first image is a digital painting of Diablo, from last years BlizzCon. Take note of that ridiculous extra mouth on his left shoulder, ScyberDragon thinks that Baal, Mephisto, and Diablo will merge into one being... Might have some merit?
The second picture is a screenshot from that same unknown dungeon that we've seen previously, which we believe is called King Leoric's Torture Chamber, of the Male Wizard, just cruisin' around.
The third picture is a screenshot from last BlizzCon's area of the Demon Hunter, using his Fan of Knives skill against a slew of enemies.
Click the images to bask in the glory of the high resolution versions that you likely won't see anywhere else! 25,000 more likes to go until the 925k mark where we can get some more images, and 4 more milestones until we hit the 1 million 'Like' goal. Go visit facebook.com/Diablo and 'Like' the page to speed the war effort!
Hey everyone, here's the eighth episode of our DiabloCast. This week was we talked mostly about the recent Jay Wilson interview and what it meant for the series, in addition to the May 9th Conference Call. If you missed the seventh episode, you can check it out here. Otherwise, the eighth episode covered the following topics: