I would just like to give out a special thanks to everyone that has provided all the information given to this site. It really means something when you have dedicated people putting out their efforts and putting aside their daily life for others in the game we all love.
Just to name a few people:
Mockery - Handling the live blogging for BlizzCon 2008 and updating the site with news and announcements from Blizzard and other informative sources.
Ferret - Straining yourself providing well put together threads of information and moderating, keeping this site genuine and clean.
Elfen Lied - Providing exceptional knowledge of Diablo lore and keeping threads together with up-to-date inforamtion.
Silversurfnstud - Helping Mockery and myself with the BlizzCon coverage and maintaining this site greatly.
Sol Invictus - Providing some really important information around the web with great coverage.
Atrumentis & Anakyn - Helping out greatly with moderating the site with our staff team and keeping interest in the forum going.
And if i missed anyone, I am sorry, really busy to at work to notice anyone else. So this goes out to you. Thanks for your hardwork and dedication!
In a recent interview with the Wired blog, VP Rob Pardo revealed some of the following details about Diablo III's release date and the state of its development.
"I don't know how far out it is, but it's still fairly early in development. I think when people see it, it feels so polished and so finished, but the reality is we have a very small portion of the game done right now," Pardo explained.
He added: "A lot of the way we develop is: We wanna make sure the game is really fun and the visual fidelity we want ... we wanna make sure we have a small area that feels really done so we know what to build. So even though it looks really complete a lot of the content is just not there. We have a long ways to go to build each of the different acts in the game and put in all the quests and all the different monsters. We have a lot of development ahead of us before it will be something ... It will definitely be out after StarCraft II."
It looks like we'll be waiting for Diablo III for awhile yet. Let's just pray that Starcraft II comes out within the next few months.
Thanks gyrextt for spotting this in an interview I'd read but kinda skimmed over.
Hey everyone. Hope you guys were able to catch the online blogging by Mockery and all the announcements on the front page by myself. With BlizzCon over and everyone having a smile on their face that attended...overall was a big success for Blizzard. Here is a recap for everything that has happened.
Shown here at 6am PST on the 10th of October, people already awaiting to get inside BlizzCon.
With gigantic posters and art work and banners that filled the hall, all people entering the convention felt amazed as they were now in their own world they all know too well.
Shown above, is a long time Diablo Fanatic Gary Jones, whom repetitively played the Diablo III Demo. "That game is bad ass!", Gary states as he cannot bare the arrival of the game to stores.
Looming over the Diablo III demo area, is the Diablo III sign hanging above so Diablo Fenatics know where to go.
With over 15,000 people attending, halls filled up quick and events held were jam-packed with eager Blizzard Fans.
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Shown here, Diablo panelist explain to all their approach with Diablo III and what they expect to come. Areas of discussion such as interactive 3d environment that is being included into Diablo III as well as discussing the comparison of Diablo I's darkness and Diablo II's gameplay being combined into Diablo III.
With everyone's expectation met and satisfied by the outcome of BlizzCon of 2008. We are ready and set for Blizzard to release more news and announcements for the game we all love in due time. This is a major step for us and the beginning for the arrival once again, the Diablo franchise.
Thasador reporting in from BlizzCon at Anaheim, CA.
I had a chance to break away from all the panelists and events and stopped a few people and asked them about their experience at BlizzCon and more importantly with their expectations and overall rating with Diablo 3.
Chris, an attendee at BlizzCon with his girlfriend both enjoyed BlizzCon and gave it a 10/10 rating. They stated that it was awesome to try out all three games there and to see what Blizzard is aiming their games to. He really enjoyed Diablo 3 greatly. He pointed out that the graphics was phenomenal and that the same general concept of click flury was still implented. He was kinda bummed about the stat assigning, but that quickly turned around for him with the new features such as hacking down light fixtures down on monsters as well as wall rubble crumbling down on enemies.
Tanya, a beloved attendee at BlizzCon also commented that Diablo 3 was "The Shit!" and that she has got in line for the demo all day to play it over and over again. I asked Tanya to rate BlizzCon this year and she gave it a 10/10
I was able to pull aside a few people in the retro gaming area to ask them about BlizzCon this year. Peter stated that everything at BlizzCon was spreaded out evenly and that dedicating one hall for RTS (Starcraft and Warcraft III) one hall for World of Warcraft and another for all the events. He did complain how the schedule was set up with all of the events and how one big event will be broadcasting in the main hall and in the World of Warcraft hall, there would be the semi finals. 9/10 for Peter on this one.
Overall, people were ecstatic of the outcome of BlizzCon. 9.7/10 seems to be the average today...There is still 7 hours left and more to come.
For those who are attending BlizzCon, there's even more incentive to sit down and play Diablo 3 for as many hours as you possibly can. There is a "BlizzCon Artifact" that can be found in random games of Diablo 3. If you happen to be one of the lucky players who finds this artifact, it instructs you to go find a Blizzard representative. When you do, they will award you with this:
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Yep, a big Diablo 3 poster autographed by the development team!
I asked one of the Blizzard reps in the Diablo booth just how often these artifacts were being found. "I would say roughly 1 out of 10 players are finding them," he claimed. He also went on to say that they have plenty of the posters left to give away today - day 2 of BlizzCon 2008.
So there you have it. As if you needed any more incentive to play their visually stunning new game, now you might have a shot at winning an extremely nice autographed Diablo 3 poster just for trying out the demo here at BlizzCon!