Today we have a quick video of many showing off some of patch 13!
Beta Key Contests Still Going
Our beta keys contests are still going strong and we've already given away over 200 Beta Keys to forum users and people answering questions on Facebook and Twitter! The character build contest hasn't started yet and is likely to happen at the end of this week or at the beginning of the next one when the official calculator gets updated. Good luck to everyone!
For more details on each contest, check out Diablofans Diablo 3 Beta Key Contests! 450 Keys to win!
Some people have been haven issues attempting to login during patch 13. Fear not though, blizzard has "top men" on the case.
Official Blizzard Quote:
We're still trying to figure it out, unfortunately. No news yet, but we have top men on it. (source)
AH Stress Test
Blizzard is continuing their stress testing of their Auction Houses to get them up to par for release.
Originally Posted by Blue Tracker / Official Forums)(
If you experience any issues when using the auction house during the stress test period please reply to this thread and report the issue including the date, time, and descriptive explanation of the issue encountered.
Well first of all we haven't announced a price for the game, so any costs being posted are guesses. I think you can probably look at the cost of a boxed copy of StarCraft II at your local brick and mortar and be pretty close to the cost for Diablo III, though. Looking at the link you posted they appear to be about the same.
I don't know much about retail pricing, but I do know that for some countries there are heavy import tariffs and taxes that can raise the cost of imported goods. Whether that's the case for New Zealand I honestly have no idea. The story of the PS3 retailing for $1,200 in Brazil comes to mind. http://kotaku.com/56...xpensive-brazil
Of course we'll have information on our digital download version, including price, availability and pre-loading as we move closer to release, which may be an option to consider. (Tracker/Forums)
Soulstone in the Forehead
It seemed to me like the original hero/wanderer was incredibly tormented by the stone, and was trying to kill himself with it when he did that. (Tracker/Forums)
Hey guys, We confirmed that this is a bug. You are getting this error message instead of a "Server is busy" or other, more relevant error message. In this case, it means that the log in servers are overloaded or lagging. Keep trying to log in and you should be able to get in soon. (Tracker/Forums)
Missing Chat Gem
Thanks for the feedback. I've been missing the chat gem lately, too. /me clicks on the chat gem below a few times. Yeah... that feels good. (Tracker/Forums)
How Will they Announce the Release?
I think each of my fellow CMs and I should announce it simultaneously in different venues. I choose Twitter! I will announce the release date on my Twitter feed, in 140 characters or fewer. I think that's enough room. (Tracker/Forums)
Achievements Don't Carry Over
Correct. The Diablo III beta is a completely different game in Battle.net from the retail game that is Diablo III. (Tracker/Forums)
Play Diablo III and Win Beta Keys with Blizzard at CeBIT 2012!
Official Blizzard Quote:
Members of our Community and eSports teams are looking forward to meeting you there! So if you’re going to CeBIT make sure you drop by to see us, especially as you’ll have the chance to win some nice prizes — including Diablo III beta keys — in the various contests and activities we’ll be organizing.
CeBIT is also hosting the final of the Intel Extreme Masters Season VI, where 24 of the best StarCraft II players will fight for the title of IEM World Champion and an impressive prize pool of $75,000! The roster so far contains famous names like Greg “IdrA” Fields, Giacomo “Socke” Thüs, Moon “MMA” Sung Won and Kim “viOLet” Dong Hwan – so make sure to follow the matches live or tune in on ESL TV.
We’re looking forward to seeing you there!
Event: CeBIT 2012 / Intel Extreme Masters Season VI World Championship
Location: Messe Hannover / Exhibition Grounds 30521 Hannover Germany
When: March 6 to 10, 2012
Stream: ESL TV
More details: ESL news / CeBIT website
Poll Recap - Hardcore Character
We pulled together the polls that were floating around DiabloFans to get your opinion. One particular poll asked what your first class through Hardcore was going to be. First place went to the Monk, primarily for his healing skills. Only one vote behind him was the Witch Doctor who has a few healing abilities of his own as well as a summonable meat shield and pets. Two of the more popular classes, the Wizard and Barbarian came in 'dead' last. If you would like to voice your own opinion, check out the original thread.