Bashiok has just posted an official poll on the Battle.net forums to see which character class everybody will be playing first. Keep in mind, there are still two unannounced classes, but go ahead and help give Blizzard your feedback by casting your vote in the official poll thread. The poll will expire after one month, so be sure to get your vote in before it's too late.
Bashiok recently commented on the Battle.net forums in response to questions about the identity system in Diablo 3. Here's what he had to say:
"The identify system has gone through quite a few internal iterations already, and I think we'll probably see quite a few more. It's an interesting system in a lot of ways because first off it's something everyone remembers from the previous games, so if it wasn't there you'd probably wonder where it went. In a different light you could literally remove it entirely and probably not impact gameplay itself very much at all. It's also open ended enough where you could blow the system out and do something new and cool with it. Ultimately (and I know it's a broken record at this point) we'll do what is best for the game and what adds to the best game experience possible.
Personally - my own personal thoughts on the system - are that I think you could do almost anything with it and I'd be just fine. It wasn't annoying to me when playing the previous games, it was just a part of how they played, if it was removed I don't think I'd really miss it either, and if it was changed for the better then that's cool too."
He also went on to reveal something none of us knew.
"Little known fact, Deckard's aortic heart valve is made from solid gold."
Solid gold heart valves... well I guess the current state of the global economy isn't hitting everybody so hard after all.
This video interview with Leonard Boyarsky, provided by GamePro, goes over more in-depth about runes, Battle.net info, and gameplan with Diablo 3, along with additional awesome gameplay footage of Diablo 3. Information provided by gamestar.de
Confirmed by many sites on the web such as, IGN and Gamespot... Blizzard's World of Warcraft Publisher has reported they will not be making a presence at the E3 event for 2009 in Los Angeles, CA. convention center June 2-4. If Blizzard's biggest franchise not attending, probably due to WotLK already released, future hope is down greatly for the Diablo and Starcraft franchises attending E3.
"A lot of people saw Activision Blizzard listed on E3 and just assumed we were going, but that's not the case," a WoW rep said.
Blizzard is keeping their mouths shut for now on when the next event they will attend.
Blizzard's Bob Colayco speaks to the community...
"Our current focus is on the ongoing development of Diablo III, StarCraft II, and World of Warcraft. We are already planning to participate in a number of shows this year and look forward to sharing the latest news on our games at these events."
Kotaku recently reported that Blizzard is still being tight-lipped about any official release date for Starcraft 2 in 2009 and that there's simply no chance we'll see Diablo 3 released this year. I doubt this comes as any surprise to most of you at this point, but there is mention that we will definitely see one big Blizzard title this year.
"What is it? Blizzard COO Paul Sams wouldn't confirm whether that game is, indeed, the first chapter of the StarCraft II trilogy, only confirming that "Blizzard intends on delivering one front line release per year." Activision Blizzard has factored that mystery game into its estimated earnings for 2009.
"You can see that is contemplated," Sams said during the company's earnings call. "Which title is being released this year, we're not saying."
Considering that StarCraft II appears to be the game closest to completion, we'd think the real-time strategy could make a 2009 release. Diablo III? No way. And while Blizzard did say it has "substantial expansions" planned for World of Warcraft this year, we'd find it hard to believe a retail expansion on par with Wrath of the Lich King will be ready for December."
Blizzard COO Paul Sams also told Kotaku that Battle.net 2.0 and the Starcraft 2 Beta are on there way in the next few months:
"According to Blizzard COO Paul Sams, the StarCraft II beta is likely just months away. Two months? Ten months? We hope it's not the latter, especially since we're counting on the first entry, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty to hit sometime this year, if only for sanity's sake.
While Blizzard is cagey on locking down a date, Sams says that we'll get a taste of the next iteration of Battle.net when the StarCraft II beta goes public. Exactly what changes Blizzard will be adding to the online matching service that "support online tournaments, eSports, and enhanced communication between players" haven't been confirmed."
Good to know we've at least got some exciting things in the pipeline to look forward to this year. I definitely can't wait to see Battle.net 2.0. Here's hoping it's only a few months away!