I had already answered the questions shown in the FAQ a few days ago at one of the forum threads, but people kept pushing it was Diablo 3 announcement (ignoring that I had ruled that out already). I made the FAQ for those who missed my post days ago.
You should have realised by now that people have an eerie ability to totaly not comprehend the written or spoken word if it suits them.
1.) are u happy with the amount of hype generated over this countdown timer?
1. Very happy.
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2.) do u wish it was more or less then atm (hype), and did u expect more or less (hype) than it is at this time?
2. I wish there was more hype, but responsibly. That's why I ruled out it was a game announcement from us. We are not Blizzard to make that type of announcement. Not sure if to say I was expecting more or less hype. I know who to submit news and that from there it would explode on every corner of the globe as those places are mostly news source for other sites. On the other hand, Blizzplanet is also a news source for sites in China, France, Germany, Italy and many other places.
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3.) what do u think , how many ppl who come here on may 1. will be thrilled and how many "not so thrilled" with the news
3. This can be relative. Many will be thrilled on May 1. Many will not be thrilled because they were expecting a diablo 3 announcement or leak or info even when I have said a few times it is ruled out as the countdown reason. Many will feel they didn't see it coming. Others will be like meh. I can't run a statistic analysis, but you can never satisfy everyone.
For those who do get thrilled on May 1, it will mean a lot to them. Hear the heartbeats? It is a metaphor.
1. Your heartbeats thrilled with excitement.
2. Breathing life to our hopes?
On the other hand, it can be announced this year, or it can be announced the next. I have no idea. Just hunches. May 1 is a solid clue of things set in motion.
This countdown box thread has still been moved to the Diablo 3 subforum, so in my eyes this has got to be something to do with Diablo 3. Either that or the mods are to blame for the rumormill about Diablo 3 not any of the fans.
well then i am sure what is going to happen at the 1st of may, like u said things will be set in motion. So it wont be any kind of announcement for diablo 3. But it will be a big step and probably will be exciting for ALOT of people.
The fact is diablo 3 is comming guys, and this is finally the REAL beginning....:)
I have a few theories of my own. But I think one thing is for certain, there will be a HUGE announcement official or not. I believe that "half the internet will link D3.com" isn't a HUGE overstatement. I believe the people in charge of this network are very prudent people and will not make such a claim without solid foundation.
1- Blizzard will buy Diablo3.com. -This is unlikely because by doing this they are practically revealing that they will announce Diablo 3 during WWI 2008. Blizzard are very very evil people and will do their best so that we are on the edge of our seats.
2- Blizzard will announce a Next Gen MMO which is based on the Diablo Universe. Notice how MD said they would be no announcement of Diablo 3. I think this is correct, they won't announce Diablo 3 but they may announce a game of a different title which happens to be based on Diablo Uni/Lore. - This theory has may holes in it, but it could also be tactics of misdirection employed by MD and other staff. It's also logical that Blizzard will name their next Gen MMO anything else than Diablo 3. It will contain the words "Sanctuary" most likely as it seems to be a recurring theme in the current novels and etc. But as i mentioned this theory has many holes in it.
3- Staff of the Diablo3.com network have already played the Next Gen MMO and will write up a review around the game without announcing "it". - I think this is the most solid theory i have. It suffers from the problem with Theory 1 in that if Diablo3.com has a review of a top secret game, it MUST be Diablo3 right? Wrong again, Blizzard is a company of surprises. They use tactics such as subtle hints, misdirections and obvious clues shrouded in complex wording.
The reason I believe Theory 3 is the strongest out of the 3 is that when MD posted this mini FAQ he devoted a LARGE portion of the post saying what the May1 announcement WON'T be. Once again I believe he is being very very coy and trying to distract us from the real prize here Also concerning Theory3. Look if Diablo3.com did put up a review of it most people would definitely think it was Diablo 3. Very very obvious, then this affect of doubt creeps into the mind of the Diablo Fans "hell, blizzard never makes things this obvious, OMG ITS STARCRAFT MMO" The result is two polar theories, one is that Diablo3.com has the first and only review of the game it must be Diablo3, then the opposite side counters with "Well Blizzard will surely make a better effort than that, therefore it cannot be Diablo3" and this goes on for a while generating hype at a level we haven't seen before. Hype= Intrest= Half the web linking to diablo3.com?
Topaque22, nice theories u got there.
Number 3 isn't such a bad theory at all
But i am very glad that MD posted this mini faq because so many fans thought it was an official diablo 3 announcment, and this just sounds TO good to be true. Diablo 3 will come guys and this big news on the first of may will be big news for the diablo universe!
Hmmm not so sure about all of those topaque but some could be spot on. as medi said not a diablo 3 announcement,
i highly doubt the diablo3.com team have even seen it let alone played it! but nice idea.
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How good is the countdown anyways? Why should I bother coming around on May 1?
Would I come up clean and spare you 10 days of agony, if I didn't know there is still some good behind the May 1 announcement? [grins]
There is some merit to the announcement. Sadly it is not what we are all awaiting and craving for years. But it is a step forward in its own rightful positive kind of way to what fans are craving for. Hope this quick FAQ may help some people. I am a fan too, and I really don't want people getting way too excited than they should by following forum rumor mill threads.
This is all I needed to know
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I'm going for new concept-art, maybe a new map for Sanctuary or something like that.