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Update: Added "Diablo III Launch Update

The Most Amazing and Fantastic Part of Diablo 3 - GIANT SPOILER
The New "Cow Level"
It looks like the time has come! A group of players have made it to the new cow level, and recorded a video of it as well.

Diablo III - Race to the Finish Contests
If you haven't yet, make sure to check out our three contests for Diablo III, where we will be giving away a total of three Alienware X51 computers.

Diablo III Giveaway
The "Race to the Finish" is not the only Diablo III contest Curse is holding. Curse is also giving away some Diablo III SteelSeries gear such as the Diablo III Headset, Mouse and Limited Edition Mousepad. Head over to the official content page to enter!

Diablo III Launch Update

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Diablo Players:

We’d like to extend a very sincere thank you to everyone who joined the global Diablo III launch celebrations this week, as well as to everyone who was ready to jump into Sanctuary the moment the game went live.

To that end, we’d also like to say that we’ve been humbled by your enthusiasm -- and we sincerely regret that your crusade to bring down the Lord of Terror was thwarted not by mobs of demons, but by mortal infrastructure. As many of you are aware, technical issues occurring within hours after the game's launch led to players experiencing error messages and difficulty logging in. These issues cropped up again last night for the Americas and Europe servers. Despite very aggressive projections, our preparations for the launch of the game did not go far enough.

We’ve been monitoring the game 24/7 and have applied several optimizations to help our systems better weather the global rush. As of late last night, specifically 11:50 PM PDT on May 15, all systems have been online and running relatively smoothly. We’re continuing to monitor performance globally and will be taking further measures as needed to ensure a positive experience for everyone. This includes some maintenance to implement additional improvements for each region.

In order to make sure everything is continuing to run as it should, we’ve decided to move out our target launch for the real-money auction house beyond our original estimated date of May 22. We’ll post further updates on that in the near future.

Aside from the tremendous number of players simultaneously logging in to the game, one of the launch-day service issues was linked to the achievement system. Some players began to notice early on that achievements were either not being earned properly, or not being saved between multiple logins. We’re investigating this issue and will provide a specific update as soon as possible.

We greatly appreciate everyone’s support, and we want to sincerely apologize for the difficulties many of you encountered on day one. Please visit the Support site or Support forums for the latest service-related updates or for help in troubleshooting any technical issues you may be having downloading, installing, or while playing the game.

Thank you again for your patience while we reinforce the gates of Sanctuary and further strengthen it for your onslaught.

Blizzard Entertainment

Lost Achievements
Blizzard is fully aware of the issue of missing achievements and is hard at work trying to get a fix out there.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

We're working on providing an update regarding issues with achievements. Please stay tuned.

Interisting how the community managers are just playing the game while we cannot because we're waiting from answers on their part...
Well, the best way to experience what the community is experiencing is to install and play. I do that on my lunch (if I can) and after work. That doesn't leave me as much time as I'd like. You'll also note that we've been communicating on our end the whole time on a variety of issues. We'll continue to do so as well as we have information to share. So, no, we're not "just playing the game". I'm looking forward to the weekend in the hope that I will be able to do just that though. ;)

We have communicated multiple times that we are aware of the Achievement issues and are still investigating. When we have more information to share, we will. Lack of updates does not mean we've forgotten about it.

are you guys going to just throw in the towel on whats already been lost, or can we re-earn the 1 time achievements that are currently unavailable forever to us?
i would be really sad if two days into the game I already have a handful of achievements i can never get

We're still determining a variety of things in this regard. I can't answer this any more specifically for you though right now. We are working on an answer though.

Inferno Skeleton King Cleared
Method has taken on Inferno Skeleton King, and has won!

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

1 day after release, and they beat act 1, and act 2 aswellalready on inferno i think.
They have only killed the Skeleton King at this point. Do note that up to the Skeleton king is only part of the first act and they still have lots of the game to go till they complete act 1.

Another point to be made is that this is a group of fully co-ordinated, skilled, dedicated and hardcore gamers who have been playing regularly since the moment of release. It will take quite a while longer for the average player and even most seasoned gamers to reach this point. That being said, it's amazing to see the speed in which they have reached this stage of the game, but remember that the hardest is yet to come...

Blue Posts

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Diablo 3 Beaten in 7 Hours
I'm one of those people who likes to explore all of the map, because you never know what might be lurking in that unexplored part, right? I'm in no hurry to rush through because that's not my play style, but I know we're all different. Some people love the bragging rights that come with being super quick through a game. Meh, I prefer to take my time, soak up the atmosphere, listen to the story, and loot every single damn barrel I find.

But yeah, as others here have said, completing normal mode is by no means finishing the game... It's just the start. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Diablo 3 Beaten in 6 Hours
That's the problem... people are used to playing Skyrim
You can beat Skyrim in a few hours if your intent is to rush to the end of the game as fast as possible.

You can beat the original Super Mario Bros in 5 minutes.

If your intent is to simply race to the end of the game as quickly as possible I'm sure you can complete Normal difficulty in very little time. If your intent is to take your time and enjoy it, stop worrying about what people rushing to the end of the game think.

Luckily, unlike other games, regardless of how quickly you want to rush to the end, the near-limitless content provided through randomized events, dungeons, enemies and items (and their random drop chance) mean that you'll be able to play for years to come.

Welcome to Diablo III, please enjoy. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Class Sigils
Within the first couple of weeks of Diablo III's release on May 15, we'll be processing all of these accounts and flagging them to unlock the appropriate sigils. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

White/Grey Items
t's OK to leave those behind. Hopefully you'll be finding better things to fill your inventory space with.

Oh I do. It just seems like a waste to me to make all those items and have them not at least be sellable to where it's worth your time.
It's that "clean your plate philosophy" that is a bit hard to break. I have been working on breaking myself of that as well. You're not alone. When you see things hit the ground, you want to tidy things back up. (Minus the exploded demon bits of course.) (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

I come from D2 and know little of D3. Can i reroll skills in the game? Very confusing skill system. Can someone please elaborate?
Skills are now something you unlock at predetermined levels. Depending on your class, you'll unlock skills at different intervals and in different quantities. Skills will unlock all the way up to level 30. Once a skill is unlocked, you can add it to your build at any time, incurring only a minimal cooldown when you do.

In a similar fashion, skill runes are also something you unlock as you level up (you'll earn skill runes up to level 60). By the time your character hits level 60, you'll unlock five skill runes for every skill. Skill runes augment your character's abilities in various ways -- some drastically, some more subtlety. You can also change out your skill runes at any point.

While a little outdated, you might want to read up Jay Wilson's explanation of the system when it was first introduced in beta:

Can someone please elaborate?
Have you checked out the Game Guide? There's some pretty cool information in there.

Skill Calculator:
Skill Progression tabs: If you go to each class's Active Skills tab, you also see what skill runes are available for each skill. :) (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)


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