Did anyone catch that PlayStation 4 press conference yesterday? Yeah, me too. Amid all the tech specs, controller reveals, dancing puppets, and invisible consoles, Blizzard showed up and made a pretty cool announcement: Diablo 3 is coming to the PlayStation 4. It's also coming to the PlayStation 3, which is far more affordable for me, seeing as I already have one of those.
Everyone is happy over at Blizzard HQ. The sun is shining, birds are singing, the rainbows are out. And their game, Diablo 3, just sold 10 million copies in less than 6 months. Holy moly.
It is quite possible that Blizzard wanted to spite those people who have deemed Diablo III too colorful, contrasting it from the rest of the franchise. By hiding the magical fairy land of Whimsyshire within the depths of the Diablo III, players are given a land that no one thought they’d find within the confines of a Diablo game.
As 1996 drew to a close, a new chapter in videogame history was beginning. On December 31st of that year, Diablo was released. It was a smash hit, and forever altered the gaming landscape. Diablo was a hybrid, blending action and RPG elements together, and it was incredibly fun to play, especially in cooperative mode with a few friends. Today, we’ll take a look at each game and expansion in the series, tracking the evolution of Diablo in anticipation of the launch of Diablo 3 next week.
Did everyone get to play the Diablo 3 public beta last weekend? Good times, if you could get into a game. Those servers were packed! Oh well, that's the nature of a stress test. I only had time to play with one class, so I suited up a Barbarian. After seeing these two guys in action, I feel like I missed out. The Monk and the Witch Doctor both have some very cool skill sets.
Good morning! You're about to call in sick. It's really happening. An open beta for Blizzard's highly anticipated Diablo 3 will kick off at noon. That's right, a public beta open to anyone with a valid Battle.net account will begin today, April 20th, at 12:01 p.m. PST. The beta will run through Monday, April 23rd, 10:00 a.m. PST. You should be able to begin downloading the client now. Blizzard needs your help assaulting their servers in this three day stress test. Here's a link to the Diablo 3 website with instructions on how to enter the beta and other FAQs.
Today we have a nice little video featuring one of Diablo 3's range-based classes, the Demon Hunter. (Well, technically, it's IGN's video.) The video showcases a number of skills and abilities for the adventurer. Her special powers are fueled by Hatred and Discipline, so it sounds like she'd be a pretty neat date. Her "entangling shots" look like a valuable asset for co-op play.
Diablo III's PVP (Player Vs. Player) system, known as "Arenas" is lagging a little further behind than Blizzard had foreseen. Don't worry, though - we're happy to inform you that it won't be holding up the game's release. The reason? Blizzard didn't rule that the delay of the feature was worth the postponement of the entire game.
Diablo 3 isn't out yet, but that doesn't stop Blizzard from telling us what changes they're making to the game (coincidentally reminding us we are not playing it, sadface). While we are a long ways away from being able to compile a Diablo 3 strategy guide we can survive for now on the occasional press release to hold us over. Recently, Blizzard announced several system changes they would be implementing, ranging from interface tweaks to item removals to stat changes. If you're interested in the cliffnotes, we've trimmed it down to the short and sweet.
Full disclosure: I am not a Blizzard fanboy. There, I said it. Wait, don't freak out! I'm not a Blizzard hater, either. I've played through Diablo and some of the sequel. I dabbled in WarCraft before there was a "World of." I Zerg rushed with the worst of them in StarCraft. I did all of that and more - a decade ago. I have never owned a gaming PC, ever. I
mooched accessed Blizzard titles through a steady stream of college friends and roommates back in the late 90's and early 00's. Once I moved on I never looked back. Somehow, I found myself at Blizzcon 2011 last Friday. There were sights, there were sounds, there were many announcements, and not so much as a whisper of StarCraft: Ghost.
Hey there! Blizzcon 2011 is in full swing, and Co-Optimus was awesome enough to let me cover it. Now, I'm not what you would call a "Blizzard Expert," or even a "PC gamer," but I can take a damn fine grainy photo or two! Feast your eyes on some of the sights of Blizzcon 2011! Blizzard out did themselves this year, with several gigantic bad-ass character statues. I also took a trip through their art gallery, as well as captured some of the tournaments, panels, and presentations in action. We'll have more news from Blizzcon for you soon!
Blizzard can’t seem to make up its mind about whether Diablo III is coming to consoles. First they say they have no plans, and millions of console gamer weep. Now all of a sudden they are “‘very, very serious’ about Diablo for consoles,” according to Kotaku.
As Digital distribution becomes more popular, sales happen. Whenever a sale appears, many gamers instantly hit that “confirm buy” button. Without a tangible way to document how many games that actually includes, or how many of them we have time to play, we may be victims of digital hoarding.
Blizzard has announced on Activision's latest quarterly earnings call to investors that Diablo 3 should be see the light of day in 2011 - at least in beta form. According to Blizzard's head honcho Mike Morhaime the game has just reached a milestone.
Blizzard has just released a new video retrospective that looks at the 20 year history of the company. The beefy video that weighs in at almost an hour long shows the company history from Silicon & Synapse after founders Mike Morhaime, Frank Pearce and Allen Adham met at UCLA up until modern day. Its incredibly facinating to see the work that went into early Blizzard titles like Lost Vikings and Rock & Roll Racing - a small team in a 600 square foot office coding, creating and goofing off. Honestly the video is way more entertaining than it should be.
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