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    posted a message on Diablo 4 Releasedate leaked??
    Quote from Bleu42»

    D4 is quite literally years away. At least three is my guess, closer to 4 most likely. What we saw is pre alpha. 2020's blizzcon most likely will show us at least 1 of the remaining classes to be announced, probably both. 2021 Blizzcon will either show the 2nd, or just the rest of the systems they decided on. Might get some beta news after, and if we're lucky a launch sometime late in 2022. 4


    Yeah I would bet money on both classes being playable next year at the con. I can't imagine them not having a playable class and having to develop itemization, combat, etc., with only three classes. I feel like it would be like the baseline for moving forward on many fronts.


    Also agree with @WishesHeHadBeta on the timeline. Makes sense on many fronts.


    It's also usually the case that what we see at BlizzCon is usually a bit behind what they actually have internally. For instance, the next wow raid area they showed off in one of the panels was already datamined showing a lot more progress before the event.

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    posted a message on Diablo 4 Releasedate leaked??
    Quote from Sinclair»

    The only reason we got shown Diablo 4 this early in the devolpment cycle was to avoid/erase the cluster fuck that was Blizzcon 2018 and it's mobile/microtransaction disaster again. As cool as the statue is it is in no way tied to the actual game's release.

    It was going to be announced last year but they delayed it at last second. It would've been announced regardless, probably.

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    posted a message on D4 is just D3 reskinned. Cmon.

    Yeah, the D3 models looking at them now look like paper dolls with low res paint and use the same like 5 animations for everything xD The difference is night and day. The cutscene graphics are the in-game graphics. My friends and I just kind of looked at each other when it started after the cinematic and almost shat ourselves. I think much of that detail is lost, though, when zooming out. You can zoom in with a keybind like in D3. Some effects like the dynamic weather/lighting/etc. are still obvious at that angle/distance, though.


    This is just based on my play experience/my friends. Not sure what other people are seeing in videos online. I haven't really watched any.

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    posted a message on D4 is just D3 reskinned. Cmon.

    Magistrate,


    I’m still not understanding how blizzard specifically said there will be hundreds of players in your “world”, yet somehow we won’t encounter them a lot when we’re out fighting monsters? How does that make sense? Like in WoW, certain “servers” have very high populations and you’ll constantly find it difficult to complete quests because of overcrowding. That’s specifically what I’m concerned about.


    WishesHeHadBeta,


    Because they're spread out over many dungeon instances and a huge open world, and phased according to the type of content being done. There's hundreds of dungeons, and that map is only one of, I want to say three. And we only saw a small portion of it. And it accommodated hundreds of demo players fine.


    This is why they also said that the number of players you see depends on what you're doing. A huge world boss looks like a dozen or more and it zooms out to accommodate, but they also said these will be rare. Most of the content is scaled to only a couple players in your visible area.

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    posted a message on Ooops...microtransactions in D4 on top of expansions.

    Microtransactions can go a long way with only a small offering of services/cosmetics. WoW makes a huge chunk of revenue off microtransactions and they basically just put two pets and a mount out per year for it. They made like $6 mil just off a store toy and those funds went to support...I want to say the arena championship winnings? Maybe MDI.


    It's a big return for really limited stress on the team for WoW, at least. The mount is about a month of art work for one artist and the pets probably less. They get money, the rest of the team can focus on developing the actual game and future content. The payment gating for things like race changes and server changes also has the added benefit of slowing down knee-jerk reactions to nerfs/buffs and the like.


    These are only going to be cosmetic or similar. I can't think of a current Blizzard game where someone pays for gear or some endgame-ruining benefit.


    My only hope is that any cosmetics won't be too crazy, over-the-top, but honestly as it plays out in WoW most players get these things and don't use them much after the initial purchase. My assumption was just because everyone knew they were purchased, not won from gameplay, so that kind of watered down the prestige of using them.

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    posted a message on The Pale Summoner IS Rathma! Blizzard's LEAK!

    Makes me wonder what exactly his motives are. Rathma would be obsessed with preserving balance, I would assume. Trying to see how Lillith would play into his modus operondi. There's admiration there, for sure, but I doubt he would have waited this long to do this unless he had a particular reason to do it now. I mean, it only took three random adventurers.

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    posted a message on Today's the DAAAAY
    Quote from OSW_Zenkiki»

    Quote from Magistrate»

    It is BlizzCon my dudes :D


    It's Thursday in the US. BlizzCon begins on Friday, so technically tomorrow is the day ;)

    It is in spirit ok!

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    posted a message on Today's the DAAAAY

    It is BlizzCon my dudes :D

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    posted a message on Wait i'm confused thought diablofans shut down like 6 months or more ago?
    Quote from overrider»

    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.

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    posted a message on Book of Adria for sale at BlizzCon, release delayed/TBA sometime after

    For anyone that keeps up with the supplementary lore materials, the Book of Adria, which follows its predecessors like the Book of Cain and Book of Tyrael, has been delayed for the masses, but they did some sketchy stuff and are bringing some to the con ahead of schedule. The actual release date of the book will come sometime after the con, hopefully "soon" after.

    Hey everyone! Wanted to update you all on Book of Adria. Bottom line first: The release date has been pushed back. I don’t have an exact ETA yet, but the copies are en route from the printer and we hope to announce the availability date soon. It will be after BlizzCon. Some good news: We will have the book available AT BlizzCon! Our products team is going to great lengths to make sure we get some early copies there. @Burnzerker and I should be on hand for signings, too!
    ~Robert Brooks, Blizzard Writer
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