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    posted a message on June Development update is live! Team testing playthroughs already.
    Quote from WHHB»

    Q4 2021, thats the best and earliest possible

    2022 is late for Diablo 4 release. Its engine isn't that good to face the potential new aRPGs being developed atm. If they delay D4 to 2022 they'll make a mistake. No matter in what state the game is, it has to drop next year or they risk getting smashed by better games and lose a big portion of the player base they aim to get.


    The truth is Diablo 4 is a great game for 2020, but it would be mediocre in 2022 since the games market is so dynamic. Diablo 4 has to capitalize on what it is in 2021. That's my personal opinion.

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    posted a message on June Development update is live! Team testing playthroughs already.

    D4 open Alpha/Beta is coming after the virtual Blizzcon. Get ready!

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    posted a message on Diablo 4 releasing next year
    Quote from WHHB»

    Q4 2021

    Yes, my current prediction (influenced by the covid-19 pandemic) is the same. What we saw at Blizzcon 2019 showed a game in a very good state. At Blizzcon 2021 they would probably announce the open beta of Diablo 4 and a release will follow in late 2021.


    The aRPG genre is getting more popular with each and every day, and some other top studios are about to release their games in 2022, so Blizzard hitting the late 2021 is crucial for developing a strong player base and protecting its position on the market.

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    posted a message on Activision Blizzard has several more remakes and remasters planned for 2020

    Remaster or remake doesn't matter when the old servers are abolished - this is simply not fair to the people who had purchased the old game.


    WC3R was another huge misstep by them. It's messy in the kitchen and that's not good news for D4 - we are to witness more absurdity as the release approaches.

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    posted a message on Activision Blizzard has several more remakes and remasters planned for 2020

    Classic D2 Blizzard servers go *poof* the moment D2 HD drops.

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    posted a message on D4 Release Date Game; Wisdom of the Crowd Experiment

    @OP: There has to be a time span entry - something like: Q3 2020 to Q4 2023. This would render predictions like yours of 2025 or someone trolling with 3035 not statistically important. But if you want to allow for any time span, you can later draw conclusions based on different end of spans.


    My prediction is 13th of July 2021.

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    posted a message on Diablo IV Interviews

    have parts constantly change

    Yes, this is achieved through superb procedural randomization of tiles/zones/areas, not by static bounties.


    Static bounties are good for new players to the game - say, those below level 20, because they force them to go to a predefined path, namely where the bounty objective is. And for the new player is good to be forced to do things, because he himself doesn't know WTH he is doing at all. But the rest of the players DO know.


    Why force experienced players into bounties? We know D3 lacks depth and was full of wrongly designed stuff thus it had a bounty system, but why force such system on us in so enormous and unique world like this of Diablo 4? Why force the player to go to a place X and not let the player find place X himself and do the event happening there NATURALLY (if he chooses to), not FORCED?


    Absolutely no reason for such type of game to be forced on experienced players. This is a bad and lazy design.


    Diablo is about randomized content, not static content. That is one of the major driving forces for the Diablo player base - the RANDOMIZATION of maps, battles and items dropping. If the developers want to do bounties properly they have to develop an AI to learn from each player preference and offer him bounties he enjoys, not to force on us static missions!

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    posted a message on ‘Diablo 2 Remaster and Diablo 4 will be announced at Blizzcon’
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    I expect no less than 5 game reveals.



    If we count WoW and HS, these will be 5 at minimum.


    If we count new games only, then 3 at minimum - D4 (+ gameplay), D2 HD (+ demo) and OW2 (game engine footage/cinematic only).


    So, if OW2 is indeed like Borderlands, this will be another win for us since such game can serve for new D4 ideas.


    It seems to me the aRPG scene will BOOM in 2020 with PoE 4.0 and games from Minecraft & LOL makers, and in 2021 with D4.


    The dream may finally happen - an aRPG game to be the new Twitch KING.

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    posted a message on ‘Diablo 2 Remaster and Diablo 4 will be announced at Blizzcon’

    This is going to be an INSANE BLIZZCON, best ever!

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    posted a message on Diablo 4 - What we know (or assume to know) so far

    I prefer cartoon 3D than any 2D. Reason is gameplay suffers a lot due to 2D. UI can NOT ever be worse than D3 so from my pov I am not worried about these.


    But botting may very well kill D4 for me quickly. Seriously, if they allow botting to interfere with the competition I am done with this IP as long as those don't you use bots, guys folks own it. It will be hard for me to leave the series I played most, but if they allow botting to ruin a third Diablo game, I am OUT.

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