The next class spotlight is available on IGN, this time it's a presentation of the Monk!
Class Spotlight - The Monk
The next class spotlight is available on IGN, this time it's a presentation of the Monk!
Patch 16 - Rare Waller Affix
The Waller affix that was first found "Beyond the Gate" seems to have a different effect based on if the mobs is part of a champion pack or is a rare. Found on the we saw before on the champion pack.
FPS Smoother at Release
The Diablo III beta is still just that, a beta. The shipped version of the game will run even smoother than the beta when it comes to frames per second.
Originally Posted by Blue Tracker / Official Forums)(It let's me in the game all right, but it's in slow motion and not at all fun to have such low frame rates even with all of the settings turned down.
Bear in mind that the beta has its own FPS issues simply because it's a beta; Diablo III won't be optimized until release. My custom-built gaming system can't play the beta smoothly either, but it will be fine on release. Blizzard betas are genuine betas, unlike the glorified demos that some companies refer to as a "beta".
Still, it is no consolation for those with newer laptops with the intel 4 series chipset, which isn't supported. Why?
Speaking honestly, the Intel 4 series is equivalent in power to the Geforce 5200FX which came out in 2003. My sympathies for having one. It's performance was so poor that the backlash from it spurred Intel to finally get serious about designing a somewhat decent onboard video option, and that led us to the Intel HD series. The HD series still isn't as good as a real video card, but at least you can usually count on most games to be playable.
More on Rare Drops
There was more information given on just how frequent rares would drop from both bosses and barrels.
Originally Posted by Blue Tracker / Official Forums)(The SK only drops yellow on your first kill of him per character.
That is incorrect.The possibility of a boss (or anything, really) dropping magic gear or rare gear when you kill him remains intact on kills subsequent to your first. The probability may change, but it does not change to a probability of zero.
To be clear: On your first kill of a boss in normal difficulty, you are guaranteed a random rare and a class rare, as well as some blues and other stuff. All other kills on all difficulties result in standard drop probabilities. You have a decent chance of getting a rare or two every time you kill a boss.
If they do drop 1/100 later that is probably fine, or better than fine, but why not just make that the "rate" earlier?
I don't know what the drop rates of magic and rare gear from barrels are, but I hope they're way less likely than 1/100.
... because you only need to see that yellow helm flying out of a broken barrel once to change how you see the game forever.
With Patch 16, the Treasure Goblin had some changes to its vulnerability to movement impairing effects. The Treasure Goblin is an elusive demon. Serving the demon of Greed, the Treasure Goblin looks to steal treasures from others and escape with them. Treasure Goblins will constantly run from your attacks with no offensive abilities. However, if you do not kill them fast enough, they will open a portal and disappear. If you manage to kill the demon, a bounty of treasure awaits you.
G4 Game Contest
G4 is holding a contest for best video game story. Right now, Diablo II is up against Knights of the Old Republic after beating out Resident Evil 4 in the first round. It's a close match right now so make sure to let them know how great the story of Diablo truly is.
Today's News: Battletags can be changed, Patch 16 Changes, Battle.net Mobile Alerts, Blue Posts, Micky Neilson Interview
Update: Added Blizzards Updated Battle.net ToU Post
Unlock #3 - Developer Diary II
Three weeks before preliminary Diablo III internal alpha testing, Jay Wilson, Christian Lichtner, and Jason Regier met again to talk about how employee feedback will help them polish the game in this second video installment of Developer Diaries.
New Battle.net Balance Limits and Security Requirements: With the upcoming release of Diablo III’s currency-based auction house, account security will become more important than ever; we are making a few changes to ensure that players who wish to use the auction house have a safe and worry-free experience. Beginning prior to the launch of Diablo III, in order to carry a Battle.net Balance greater than $100 USD (or equivalent), players will be required to attach a Battle.net Authenticator or Battle.net Mobile Authenticator to their Battle.net account. In addition, we will be instituting a Battle.net Balance maximum limit of $250 USD (or equivalent). We’ll go into more detail about the different options for making purchases in the currency-based auction house prior to launch.
Global Play: When Diablo III presales began, we mentioned as part of the purchase process that Diablo III players would be able to choose to play on game servers based in the Americas, Europe, or Asia, regardless of what region they were connecting from or which language-version of the game they purchased (with certain restrictions). As you’ll see in the updated TOU, the name for this functionality is “Global Play,” and we’ll be providing more information about exactly how it works, including the restrictions noted above, prior to Diablo III’s launch.
Stay tuned to diablo3.com for further details on the currency-based auction house and Global Play in the coming weeks.
Update: Blizzard has just posted the official blue post on the battletags change, adding it below.
BattleTags Can Now Be Changed
Big thanks to TheDomino for the tip. It looks like you are now able to change your Battletag. simply go to your battle.net page and click the "change" link under your current battletag name! (update: Blizzard has just released the official blue post)
IMPORTANT: You can only change your name once!
Originally Posted by Blue Tracker / Official Forums)(When we introduced BattleTag nicknames, many of you created one to try the feature in the Diablo III beta test or simply establish your new identity in anticipation of Diablo III's release.
Today, we're releasing an update that will give everyone one opportunity to change their BattleTag nickname for free. If you picked a nickname you're not happy with, don't worry -- you can pick a new one. Even if you haven't created your BattleTag identifier yet, you'll still get one free BattleTag change to use after it's been created (similar to the way character name changes for StarCraft II worked).
As we announced previously, BattleTag nicknames will be required in order to play Diablo III, and in the future, they'll be used in a variety of ways across all of Battle.net. To set or change your BattleTag, simply log in to Battle.net account management, head to the Account > Summary page, and look for the Create or Change option. BattleTags aren't unique, so you can pick any name you like as long as it adheres to the BattleTag Naming Policy.
Here's what you can expect from BattleTags when Diablo III launches:
- Your BattleTag will serve as your public identity when chatting, grouping, or interacting with other players in Diablo III.
- Once two players agree to become BattleTag friends, you'll automatically be able to see and interact with each of the Diablo III characters your friend plays automatically – no need to add multiple character names to your friends list individually.
- Prior to the game's release, your presence on the Diablo III forums will be connected to your BattleTag, rather than any one specific character in the game. You'll transcend boundaries!
Our long-term plans include adding the ability for BattleTag friends to participate in cross-game chat (in StarCraft II, Diablo III, andWorld of Warcraft, and future Blizzard Entertainment games), as well as offer other features similar to what's currently available viaReal ID. More cool additions to BattleTag are on the horizon, but we're not quite ready to talk about those yet.
We'll continue to keep you up to date on our plans for BattleTag nicknames as more info becomes available. For more details, check out the BattleTag FAQ.
Undocumented Patch Changes
It's time to roundup all the undocumented changes! As always a massive thanks to Apoc for his amazing help. Feel free to suggest anything not found in this list!
- Frozen ability changed for elite mobs to summon freezing exploding orbs (video)
- Knockback pushes players further back and places a "Slowed" debuff (3 sec)
- A rare mob will spawn on Cath L3, creating the only possibility of an elite Servant of Jondar
- All elites have extra speed
- Skeletons pop up from the windows sooner
- Captain Daltyn's Frost Affix will actually increase with the number of players in the game (Spawn more orbs)
- Dead Plunderer (lootable container) can now spawn in the Musty Cellar
- The Resplendent Chest from the non-Event Quest false Defiled Crypt has been removed
- Defiled Grave event tile in Weeping Hollow changed to spawn many zombies instead of 3 champions
- Den of the Fallen L2 now spawns with non-elite Carrion Bats instead of non-elite Plague Carriers
- You can now buy rings from a vendor (Video)
- The blacksmith's apprentice now drops a blue.
- The AH now has more search options (List)
- People are reporting new "grunt" sounds when landing in Cath 1
- You can now set your language options (Video)
- New Healer minimap Icon (Pic)
(for a full list of ALL class changes, click here)
- Frenzy can gain charges from attacking breakable objects
- Fists of Thunder: "Thunderclap" rune unlocks at lvl 6 (was lvl 52) (Video)
- Fists of Thunder: "Bounding Light" rune unlocks at lvl 52 (was lvl 6)
- Exalted Soul (passive) unlocks at lvl 13 (was lvl 19)
- The Guardian's Path (passive) unlocks at lvl 24 (was lvl 10)
- Ray of Frost: "Numb" rune unlocks at lvl 7 (was lvl 38) (Video)
- - Ray of Frost: "Sleet Storm" rune unlocks at lvl 38 (was lvl 7)
- - Grasp of the Dead: "Unbreakable Grasp" rune unlocks at lvl 7 (was lvl 15) (Video)
- - Grasp of the Dead: "Groping Eels" rune unlocks at lvl 15 (was lvl 7)
Battle.net Mobile Alerts
It looks like a new form of account security has pop'ed up on Battle.net. When you go to your account page, on the left under "Account Security" you should now have the option for "Add Mobil Alerts". If you have any questions check out the FAQ.
Portrait of a Champion Contest Ending Soon
Originally Posted by Blue Tracker / Official Forums)(We've received more than 2,000 entries for the Portrait of a Champion Art Contest and we're looking for more talented artists to help bolster our ranks. The hour of Diablo's return is near…take up your tools and forge a hero to help stem the tides of darkness before it's too late!
Time is short. The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. PDT on Sunday, April 29, so there's no time like the present to begin crafting an original image of your favorite Diablo III class rising to the meet the challenges of the pending demonic invasion. The future of Sanctuary is at stake, as well as epic prizes including 3D monitors and video cards by ASUS, Diablo III computer cases by Antec, and Diablo III peripherals by SteelSeries.
Head on over to the Darkness Falls, Heroes Rise promotional site for more information and official rules, or enter now!
Please note that submissions must be wholly comprised of your own, original imagery, exceed a resolution of 1600 x 1200, and may be no larger in size than 5 MB. Submissions that do not meet these requirements will not be eligible to win.
Originally Posted by (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)RMAH Bug
We are aware that, in the Diablo III beta, a 15% transaction was previously displayed when selling items in the Beta Bucks auction house. This was a configuration error, and has been corrected.
We do not currently have plans to alter the auction house fee structure for the beta, as previously discussed here:http://us.battle.net...opic/4062879314
As always, thank you for your feedback. This is exactly the sort of thing that makes a good beta test.(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Yellows From Barrels
In our internal testing recently, I've gotten yellows from barrels. I started seeing them once in a great while starting at ~level 28. I'm talking about one in a hundred barrels or more. Blues from barrels definitely drop more often than yellows. I'd say it's working as intended. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Fun Interview with Micky Neilson - Book of Cain
PlayersCut had a rather interesting/unique interview with Micky Neilson. Most of the interview is just fun comments with a few random lore questions here and there, such as "Not all 7 heroes from Diablo 2 are still alive"
UPDATE: Added today's blue posts.
UPDATE: People from EU are reporting that they HAVE got invited!
275,000 Diablo III Beta Invites
How about that for a 20% unlock (Ps: if you missed the real 20% unlock, check here)
If you do not have an invite yet, don't worry! It will take a good few hours for all this to go out
Originally Posted by (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)We’re in the process of sending out 275,000 Diablo III beta invites to our opt-in testers. As it’ll take us a while to notify all the lucky invitees, we recommend heading to your Battle.net Account Management and seeing if you’ve received a Diablo III beta license. If you have, you’re good to go! Download the beta client and use your Battle.net account and password to log in once it’s installed. While you’re logged into your Account Management page though, don’t forget to create your BattleTag. You can choose this permanent account-wide nickname by clicking on the BattleTag “Create one now” link on the left side of your main Battle.net Account page. Choose wisely as there’s no current ability to change it. A BattleTag is required to play Diablo III, and so whether you get into beta or not you should pick one while you’re there.
Keep in mind that with such a large amount of invites for our test hardware we fully expect a strong possibility of stress test issues, such as an inability to log in, disconnections, and potential lag/latency. We’ll also be testing our queuing system ,which you may see when attempting to enter a game.
Thank you for your continued help, feedback, and patience as we approach the May 15 release.
Score Free Gear and Discounts During the Diablo III Countdown
Originally Posted by Blue Tracker / Official Forums)(While our developers have been hard at work getting Diablo III ready for May 15, our partners have been toiling at their respective forges, crafting some amazing Diablo gear for the community. SteelSeries, J!NX, Insight Editions, and Brady Games are giving you the opportunity to score free gear and exclusive discounts as we count down to our forthcoming war with the Burning Hells.
Week 1 – Sponsored by SteelSeries: Diablo III Beta Keys
We kick off the Diablo III Countdown in style with a chance for you to win Diablo III Beta keys from SteelSeries! Winners will be selected to participate in the Diablo III beta starting on April 17. Contest runs from April 9 to April 16 11:59 p.m. EST.
Enter the contest at the SteelSeries Countdown to Diablo homepage.
Upcoming prizes: J!NX Diablo apparel, limited-edition giclees from The Book of Cain signed by Brom, SteelSeries Diablo IIII Headsets and mice, Diablo III Limited Edition Strategy Guide signed by the Blizzard team.
Exclusive offers and discounts: Limited time discounts on J!NX Diablo apparel, all SteelSeries Diablo peripherals and mousepads, signed editions of the Book of Cain, and more.
Unlocking Items on the Mini Site
Originally Posted by Blue Tracker / Official Forums)(Unlocks are in no way automated, and community participation is a driving force behind them. We only have a vague idea of when each unlock may occur, including the final dark secret contained within that curiously large and ornamented rectangle on the main site. Whether it’s sooner or later is still left in your hands. The only date that is certain is the release date for the game’s launch, which is fast-approaching.
Diablo III has been an absolute labor of love, and we are incredibly excited to share it with you. The promotional site is there so that you have the opportunity to join in on something truly special, and contribute to the legacy of the Diablo franchise. Sure, you can sit back and do nothing as other players out there slowly unlock the secrets ahead. No one is forcing anyone to contribute.
But I tell you this, from one longtime Diablo enthusiast to another (a franchise that has been near and dear to my heart since long-before I had the pleasure of being a “Blue”): when you see each and every unlock, especially the final one, you will want to have been involved and a part of the excitement, rather than just a casual observer to it. If you have been actively sharing your passion and contributing to the final approach of Diablo III, you will also have a sense of pride in knowing that your actions mattered, and that you and other passionate members of the community helped to reveal some truly awesome content.
So, will you rise to the challenge?
Symphony of Legends - Diablo III
Zingi gave us a tip early today about the "Symphony of Legends", and was lucky enough to find a video! In this we get a few seconds of what MIGHT be some pictures from the class opening movies (at around 6:35).