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Oct 30, 2019Posted in: Theorycrafting and Analysis
Crafting is neat, but maybe placing too much reliance on it as a gameplay system using mats from broken-down high quality gear is what really contributed to this. It required making sets/legendaries even more abysmally accessible, and not even to use them. It's like lots of gear was created not to be used as gear.
It's almost like they should just have made it so the mats we break them down for are instead what the loot table would drop.
Oct 28, 2019Magistrate posted a message on ‘Diablo 2 Remaster and Diablo 4 will be announced at Blizzcon’Posted in: Diablo IV: Return to Darkness
I assume that includes expansions, yeah?
WoW's next expansion, Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, D2 Remastered... and what else? A Hearthstone expansion?
When did they say that? Do you have an actual source that quotes them somewhere? Because the only major quotes I've seen are from David Brevik:
"I can say from a technical standpoint that it's going to be extremely difficult. That you will not be able to capture it exactly the way it was," original Diablo creator David Brevik said in a 2018 IGN interview. "The number one reason is because of the shape of the screen. Because the screens back then were 800x600 and largely square, and now they're not, they're 16:9 and 16:10, we did a lot of tricks."
Even in this years Activision earnings call Bobby "give me your money" Kotick said:
"At Activision we have seen great results from remastering some of these beloved games over the last couple of years. They are obviously having a big impact on our bottom line and a real impact there, but I'd say what's really important is that it's reaffirming the enduring nature of these franchises for us. We think there's a lot of IP in there the fans are going to want to experience again. So now what I'd say stay tuned for some future announcements."
Naw, you're right, it will only be 4, unless they reveal Wc4 which would be freaking amazing.
I was hoping for the SC FPS, but they split that team for OW2 and D4.
Blizzard has just declared last blizzcon 2018 warcraft IV is not in project actually.
Things change, after Blizzcon 2018, they now know that people want it, so it is probably one of the unannounced projects that was hired for this year.
They are updating all the graphics for a reason.
If that were the case, I doubt they would have anything to announce or reveal with a year's worth (at most) of work on it. They pulled D4's announcement last year for who-know's-what and it's been in development hell for like half a decade. I'm not saying it won't happen, but I'm cautious about thinking it would be announced this year.
Oct 27, 2019Magistrate posted a message on Wait i'm confused thought diablofans shut down like 6 months or more ago?Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
That's the official version. I think there is more than that. I think blizz needs all available advertising platforms to hype their stuff and the closing of diablofans was a big hit . They knew d4 and stuff is coming and I think and it's just my feeling that they had a part to play in reopening this site . There are a lot of people like me who don't surf the official diablo forums and instead use only dfans. It was unacceptable for this site to close when so much diablo is going to happen.
More people use reddit and social media afaik. That's probably not the case. Fan sites don't really get the support like they used to--a lot of them have to claw for it. I'm glad it reopened, though.
Oct 26, 2019Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
- Decrease legendary drops and make them feel more rare and unique.
- Rework and balance item so that blue and yellow items can be viable at level 70 instead of being just a source for crafting materials.
- Back with the pvp challenge mode from D2 or make those arenas available for players to have fun in.
Strongly agree with these. The other bigger issue for me was definitely thematic, and I'm not just talking about the visual style. Vanilla D3 was very opposite of the message of the original series. I'm hoping what's-his-face is really bringing this back around, but I guess we'll see.
It feels like even playing a fresh character you get into uniques and sets almost immediately. In 2, you sometimes had normal-quality stuff with gems through most of normal, with an odd runeword (lod) or set piece here or there if you knew what you were doing. I don't like feeling like a decked-out war god so quickly.
They really should have gotten pvp arenas set up besides the one. I remember from BlizzCon or was it the WWI they showed off a couple with interesting LOS and traps and stuff and I was actually excited for that. Arenas would be perfect for Diablo.
Oct 24, 2019Magistrate posted a message on Blizzard President about Diablo Immortal: “we’re happy with how it’s coming along”Posted in: Diablo: Immortal
I don't really either, honestly. But the PR around it was wrong, and any fan could have told them it was going to turn out poorly. The best solution would have literally just been a slide that publicly said the sequel was currently in development with like a piece of art, followed by a "we don't have anything else to say right now but it's coming." It felt odd at best and wrong at worst, and I think it speaks to either losing touch with the fanbase or losing the authority to communicate effectively due to decisions higher up.
I guess you're not saying any of that, but for discussion's sake I figured I'd say it :shrug:
Oct 23, 2019Magistrate posted a message on Blizzard President about Diablo Immortal: “we’re happy with how it’s coming along”Posted in: Diablo: Immortal
From what I vaguely remember from some random mutuals, they were planning on a D4 announcement within a couple weeks of the event but it got pulled for some reason. D4 being announced isn't even really a shocker, I'm pretty sure it was lowkey confirmed by implication shortly after the con last year.
Dec 2, 2018Magistrate posted a message on Diablo 4 Reportedly in Development Under Code Name FenrisPosted in: Diablo III General Discussion
This corroborates a lot of developments over the last several years, as well as other independent statements over the last couple months. Anyone that didn't think they were working on 4 were pretty wonky in the head as the writing has been on the wall for some time. That's what made the fact it wasn't announced even more frustrating.
Nov 21, 2018Posted in: Diablo: Immortal
what a great word that is:
mobile massive online action role playing game.
I'm actually just left wondering what an MMO should look like. To me, Diablo in general is not an MMO.
I think Massive multiplayer online is where a lot of people are online in the same game at the same time. (not just a 4 man group) so MO ARPG.
so as to the mobile game, I'm taking a pass here for sure. I'm just sooo not interested in gaming on a mobile device. I'm not a die hard console or pc guy I play whichever suits me best for the specific game I want to play. (or which platform allows me to play it in general given pc is not high end)
But mobile just doesn't suit me at all. It feels like a waste of time to me.
I have a game in my Nvidia Shield Tablet -- I think it's named Trine 2 or something like that. Heck, that tablet has an Nvidia Steam-like platform to play many games. Never played them.
TBH Trine is an amazing game. The original actually did remarkably well and is both simple and creative. It was fun 3-player coop on my ps3, never played it mobile though.
I'm honestly probably not going to even play this game because it's not being made for me, but there's the usual caveats of it being in very early development. They don't even have the inventory system down yet.
That said, what you show up there just looks like a mini-map from like a linear final fantasy title. Very disheartening. There's dialogue from the WoW team now and then, and other MMOs, about developing a true open world and just building a world designed to push players through sight-seeing tunnels. The latter is usually lacking in replayability.
Nov 19, 2018Magistrate posted a message on Diablo IV and Diablo II: Remastered in DevelopmentPosted in: Diablo III General Discussion
Thanks for putting all of that together. There's a ton of interesting stuff like this coming out recently, and going back for a while. It's hard to keep it all straight. (Seriously thank you. +1)
On the domain level, at least for 3, I don't think it was finalized until like... very shortly before they were going to announce it. Weren't we given like 30 days or something? So, just because it's sitting in limbo doesn't mean it's not in the works, which tbh we all know is absolutely the case.
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Oct 16, 2018Magistrate posted a message on Diablo Hopes, Rumors, and Predictions for BlizzCon 2018Posted in: News
The PS is important yall. If I see it one more time I'm gonna claw my eyeballs out.
Oct 31, 2013Magistrate posted a message on Reaper of Souls First Look: Westmarch Level DesignOMG THIS FEELS SO MUCH AMAZINGPosted in: News
Finally getting back to the Gothic stuff. Vanilla had amazing structures, but this feels much more like the monasteries, cathedrals, churches, and other buildings that made the previous games so memorable and unique.
Thanks for the update
Sep 19, 2013Magistrate posted a message on Confirmed: D3 Will Stay Online, iOS Update May Reset Authenticators, Clarification on the AH, Paragon 2.0 Q&ASo, I haven't been following much Diablo news since shortly after release. I happened to see this post highlighted in the Facebook feed and... I can't say how happy I am to see the AH going.Posted in: News
Initially, I was really excited about the AH and what it meant--for all the reasons that it was pitched when it was announced. I'll agree that it made gear more accessible, that it saved time and rewarded casual players, that it gave us another mini-game to fool with, and all that other stuff. But for all these little things that it did, it just ripped out the soul of what I found fun for over a decade in 2 and to some degree in 1.
It simply removed the need for any form of communication. You don't need to ask anyone what optimal stats are--overall or for a given goal--because you could just look up the best-selling gear and glean the information from that. You didn't need to barter with anyone, which was a big part of the trading experience in the older games (it has its downs, yes, but it also has its ups).
Because of the brevity of the endgame (which there is basically none of) in this one and the others, trade and PvP became the only real reasons to talk in channels--you know, those things that are basically empty 24/7 on D3. With hardly any PvP to speak of--despite the tantalizing features we glimpsed for a BlizzCon or two before launch--trade is the only real dialog that even has a chance in this game, and that's gone, too.
Yes, this will mean a lot of spamming if no alternative trade route is created. But I don't really look at that as a bad thing, now. No one talks, anyway, so it's not like anything important would be spammed out.
Part of the fun is figuring out what you need, doing everything you can to find a buyer or seller, haggling the price, figuring out the market, and learning the street language. Doing all of this also encourages making friends and actually talking with them regularly. We don't even need to talk to friends, anymore--the game tells us exactly what they're doing and lets us hop in without a thought. Questing and killing is so streamlined, so linear, that nothing needs to be said. It's easy to forget you're playing with people. There's a lot of players that hate that this game is online-only--I can barely tell the difference.
I miss all of that. If it weren't for the bots, I'd probably still be playing Diablo 2. (Arguably, the gameplay is much better in 3, too, but gameplay isn't the only selling point in a game for me.)
Nov 9, 2011Magistrate posted a message on Third Conference Call, Beta Notes You Didn't See, and Battle.net's "Cheat Box"Posted in: NewsQuote from youwillneverknow
The cheat box has already been solved, and Bashiok is trolling you, again not surprisingly. See the tweet by micahwhipple on the @Diablo page. "There is no cow level"
You just need to believe.
Nov 8, 2011Magistrate posted a message on Third Conference Call, Beta Notes You Didn't See, and Battle.net's "Cheat Box"Posted in: NewsQuote from Bouzouki
Glad I could help add to the cryptic speculation. lol
Oh, you have no idea. Your thoughts have been earth-shattering in the cryptic puzzleology academic community.
Nov 4, 2011Magistrate posted a message on Selective Beta 5 Footage, 20th Anniversary Special Article, and More Beta BluesPosted in: BetaQuote from DragonJunkie
Magistrate thank you for the impale video but you didnt put your curser over the skill so we could see how much damage it does now.
Could you please tell us.
Quote from stampy
I still haven't been able to find footage of the new arcane-enchanted mob effect... would be a good video if the opportunity presents itself
Quote from Enkeria
Video Request: Character selection screen, I wanna see the animations!
Quote from Concepticon
I know ur email now magistrate. expect spam...
gg update btw good shit
:3 It would be nice to get some spam from Diablo fans and not penis enlargement pills for once.
Nov 4, 2011Magistrate posted a message on Selective Beta 5 Footage, 20th Anniversary Special Article, and More Beta Blues@DragonJunkie: That's a good point! I'll be sure to do that in the future. Regrettably, I'm at work right now, so I can't get that information to you just yet. The official patch notes may have percentages or something for that and you could calculate it based on the old information. If no one responds to your question before I get back, I'll post it up as soon as I walk in the door.Posted in: Beta
Nov 4, 2011Magistrate posted a message on Selective Beta 5 Footage, 20th Anniversary Special Article, and More Beta BluesNote: I'm going to try to get more videos done on the characters this weekend. Sorry for the skimpy supply, folksPosted in: Beta
Nov 4, 2011Having some RSS concerns. See the new news post for the patch details. Sorry for all the confusion, everyone!Posted in: News
Nov 3, 2011Posted in: News
I believe that's the old update from yesterday.
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