This was copied directly from Blizzards job employment opportunities. Looking at the plusses and the main description makes me excited
Lead Game Designer
Blizzard North is looking for an experienced Game Designer to help lead the team that designed Diablo and Diablo II. The ideal candidate would be a talented and motivated individual with great design instincts and strong leadership skills.
* Shipped at least one AAA title as Lead Game Designer.
* Absolute passion for playing and making computer games.
* Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
* Experience with designing, tuning, and balancing games.
* Great sense for what makes a game fun to play.
* Ability to lead a team of designers to consensus.
Diablo III Music Recorded?
We received an email today from a Diablo fan and classical musician in the Czech Republic.
I am musician in Czech Republic. I play not with one orchestra but with many depending on work. I have recently been to Bratislava in Slovak Republic for recording sessions with local Radio Symphony Orchestra, where we just recorded music for Diablo 3.
For some historical perspective, check the Battle.net page with the D2X:LoD bonus mp3s. Scroll down a bit and you can read news and see pictures from Blizzard's recording session for the D2X music, held in Bratislava, Slovakia, with the Slovak Radio Philharmonic. Those sessions were carried out in early 2001, before the game's release that June, so perhaps D3 is further along than we've been assuming? Either that or they're recording the music earlier in the game's production cycle than they did for D2X.
Update: More from the musician:
I did not find the people from Blizzard in the studio, but composer (Ulman?) was there and conductor was named Kirk Trevor, I think he is from England but he conducts in Bratislava much and also in some other cities in Czech Republic like Zlin.
The music is again, like in Diablo 2 expansion, very much based on Wagner. In Diablo 2 expansion there are many plases in Act 5 that take directly from Wagners opera "Tristan and Isolde". This time for Diablo 3 there was music similar to Wagner operas "Lohengrin" and also "Siegfried" from Ring cycle. But this is not so bad that he takes from these things, almost all movie composers borow Wagner music, like Williams for Star Wars and others like Nino Rota who made music for Fellini's films.
So now when Diablo 3 is finished I must buy, maybe I will hear all my mistakes (I play percusion instruments).
Diablo III Rumours
Following our story about the Diablo III soundtrack a few days ago, numerous sites picked up on the piece and today it was added to Gamespot's rumour mill section. The item includes all the information we have already given you and they, like us, also think that the game is in production. However we doubt it will be announced at E3 as some are suggesting. We are more inclined to think it will make a debut at the Leipzig game convention some time in August.
D3 Domain Name?
In yet more Diablo 3 rumor news, Olivier mailed us to point out that www.diablo3.fr exists with an image saying it's been registered by Blizzard Entertainment. He wondered if it was real, and we checked into it and discovered that it is. The French version of Network Solutions tells us that diablo3.fr was registered by Vivendi Universal back on May 28, 2004. This means nothing in terms of a timeline for the game, and companies routinely purchase domain names years in advance simply to keep them for future use, or to keep them from being cybersquatted. Blizzard does not own any prime Diablo3 .com or .net domain names, as far as we know, though lots of other people do. *cough*
Update: Mike mailed to point out that www.diablo2.fr has the same place holder image as www.diablo3.fr, and you can see that it was registered on the same day, May 28, 2004. None of this really means anything in terms of how far along the hypothetical development of D3 is, but just so you know.
There's also no real significance to the various gamesites with pages reserved for Diablo III, such as this one on Gamespy. Everyone knows Blizzard will do D3 at some point, so they're just getting space ready for the big annoucement; kinda like how they write obits for famous people so they'll be ready when needed.
More on D3 Music?
We recently posted some info from a musician with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra who told us he'd recently played during some recording sessions for the Diablo III soundtrack, under conductor Kirk Trevor. We'd been wondering why Blizzard went all the way to Slovokia to record the music for D2X and (allegedly) D3, and now, thanks to an email from Indigo, we may have an idea. Here's the website for the Orchestra, and here's a quote from it:
The orchestra is available as a complete 80-member ensemble or in smaller forces, including chamber music with the outstanding principal players of the orchestra. Recording fees are among the lowest in the industry, with a complete 60 minute CD package available for under $20,000. This package includes complete engineering and editing, hall rental, conductor, and full orchestra.
So it's cheap, and as a bonus the dark, primal forests of old Europe no doubt stir the proper emotions for playing appropriately-Diablo'esque music. Hey, it worked out pretty well last time...
New Bliz Game Title?
Thanks to the glorious nosiness of a reader named Jonas, we now know that Blizzard Entertainment just recently (May 3, 2005) registered a a copyright on the name, "The Burning Crusade." The copyright is for computer software, but that's all the registration tells us. You're certainly free to guess what name this might be intended for; D3, a D3 expansion, a WoW expansion, WoW2, or something else entirely? Blizzard might not even use the title at all, or not for years and years, so don't get too excited. (If you'd like to confirm this, go to The US Patent and Trademark Page and search under "trademarks." You can snoop around and find all sorts of cool stuff on that site.)
While we're on the topic, readers keep finding new www.diablo3.??? URLs and sending them in. These are interesting, but they don't necessarily mean anything. Tons of would-be fansites have tons of D3 URLS, Blizzard owns a few themselves (Diablo3.fr for instance) and so on. None of this has anything to do with whether or not they're making such a game or how far along it is. Check out www.starcraft2.com for instance; it directs you to www.blizzard.com, and Blizzard owns it, but note that they bought it six years ago for future use, and to keep cybersquatters from snapping it up and sticking one of those annoying pop up ad-filled link farms on the URL.
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I don't know what significance the music thing holds, but it may be icing on the cake. I'm positive they are finally making a new diablo. Judging by how long it took to make D2:lod I'd imagine that it would take at least a year and a half to release the new d2.
Yes I know this was posted on the main page, but I believe that this should be placed here, were as more people view the forums then they do the main page.
Anyways people, thats my good deed for the day, time to beat some midgets.
Don't believe the gamespy thing, it has been denied and they would never have it done in time, and if they did, it wouldn't be worth buying. They will make a release day once they actually get a lead game designer, until then, keep your pants on. Please.
Why would they post something false like that? Now I don't think I'll ever be going back to that site for any info. `sighs` Why can't they just tell us if they are going to make it if they get the staff for it???