Author Archive

medievaldragon

Tomas Hernandez is owner of Blizzplanet.com since 2003. I post news about World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Careers, and the Warcraft film. Blizzplanet is a leading fansite covering news about upcoming Blizzard Entertainment licensed products. I also post previews and reviews. I have interviewed book writers and Blizzard game developers. I was previously an employee of the OGaming Network (2003), and IncGamers (2008-2010). I was a guest newsposter for GosuGamers (World of Warcraft) a few years ago and for Diablofans.com (formerly Diablo3.com) ***Fans who would love to watch Blizzard-related panels and appreciate our efforts can support Blizzplanet's patreon in a monthly-basis, or a one-time basis. Our staff are volunteer fans like you. Your donatives will help us travel to all the Blizzard events we attend year-round.

Speculation: Diablo II: Remastered at BlizzCon 2018

Blizzard has teased a couple of times so far that they have teams working on multiple Diablo projects. The first time was in The Future of Diablo and the latest was posted on Oct 17 titled: Diablo at BlizzCon 2018.

I can’t say with certainty that the Diablo II: Remastered will be announced at BlizzCon, but sometimes you can determine when something is in the works, by looking at some detective-minded clues.

Diablo: The Book of Adria Delayed

If you pre-ordered Diablo: The Book of Adria via Amazon, please check out your email inbox for anything labeled Amazon, including your Junk mail. Amazon has notified members that the book has been delayed. That means they require you to approve whether you still want the product. Follow the link in that email to approve the pre-order, letting them know you are still interested regardless of whatever the new release date is. Otherwise, the pre-order will be auto-cancelled by November 14th.

 

The book was supposed to ship today, so it was kinda a last minute change. At this moment the new ETA has not been specified.

NYCC 2018: Titan Comics Diablo has been Cancelled

For several days there have been hints that something was wrong with the Titan Comics Diablo 4-issues mini-series. First, the pre-order page disappeared from Amazon. I had pre-ordered the Kindle version (slated for November 7), and after the page disappeared, nevertheless, I could still see in my Orders page that it was there as pre-ordered. Personally, I thought it only meant that Amazon had sold out all its available pre-order copies.

Then, a fan who owns a Comic Shop in Vancouver responded my tweet:

 

A few days later, Amazon sent me an auto-email informing me that my Titan Comics Diablo # 1 pre-order had been cancelled, and a refund was issued. At that point, things became very grim. There is only one reason for this to happen.

I reported that in the same Tweet thread, mentioning that the Diablo pre-order page also disappeared from @PREVIEWSWorld — and to my surprise, @PREVIEWSWorld responded the tweet with the following:

 

Diablo III Themed Season 15: Boon of the Horadrim

Diablo III Themed Season 15: Boon of the Horadrim starts on September 21, and the theme doubles the Horadric Caches earned from Bounties in Adventure Mode.

Season 15 begins on September 21! For those among you who enjoy the fresh start a Season brings, we wanted to give you a glimpse of what to expect before you race out the gate as we continue to evolve and bring new things to Themed Seasons!


New Season Theme

Season 15 will continue the experiment we began last season with a new seasonal buff. This time, for the duration of Season 15, all Horadric Caches earned from bounties will be doubled. This means that each time you complete a full set of five bounties in an Act, you will receive not one, but two Horadric Caches, for twice the bounty rewards!

There are a few things to keep in mind with this effect:

  • The bonus cache does benefit from difficulty level; it is essentially as though you completed twice the bounties.
    • The rewards inside the Horadric Caches are otherwise unaffected; drop rates or the amount of individual rewards have not been altered.
  • The bonus cache earned from Challenge Rifts is not affected; this is a separate type of cache.

Need a refresher on the rewards contained inside a Horadric Cache? Check out our Game Guide for a list of bounty-exclusive Legendary items and more information on the Bounty system.

In addition to doubling up your Horadric spoils, other celebrations may spring up across the globe that celebrate the nature of this theme! Be sure to keep a close eye on Twitter and Facebook for more information as we move into Season 15!


New Cosmetic Rewards

As per tradition, Season 15 will introduce new cosmetic rewards, obtainable by progressing through the Season Journey.

In addition to the Chest and Glove slots of the exclusive Conqueror Set, a brand-new series of portrait frames themed around the struggle of the Eternal Conflict will be available. For the eager cosmetic pet collectors, we thought you could use a hand. Belphegor is eager to keep a grip on your coin as it accompanies you on your adventures across Sanctuary!


Season Journey Rewards

If you’ve been diligently slaying demons for the past few Seasons and reached Conqueror in the Season Journey each time, you’ve surely accrued a few extra stash tabs by now. But players who have not yet earned a total of four stash tabs via the Season Journey can still unlock an additional one by completing the following tasks at the Conqueror tier:

  • Finish a level 70 Nephalem Rift on Torment XIII difficulty within 5 minutes
  • Level three Legendary Gems to level 55
  • Complete 2 Conquests this Season
  • Kill Malthael at level 70 in 1 minute and 30 seconds on Torment XIII difficulty
  • Slay Greed on Torment XIII difficulty
  • Reach Greater Rift level 60 Solo
  • Use Kanai’s Cube to augment an Ancient Legendary item with a level 50+ gem
  • Use Kanai’s Cube to reforge a Legendary item


Seasonal Conquests

Speaking of Conquests, we’re rotating those, too! Returning for Season 15 is Sprinter/Speed Racer, where you’re challenged to complete all of Diablo III’s campaign from Act I to Act V at level 70 in under 1 hour! Next, we have Avarice/Avaritia, where all that glitters is gold—that is, if you can complete a 50 million gold streak outside of The Vault or its Inner Sanctum. Boss Mode/Worlds Apart is a different kind of race; destroy all the bosses in Diablo III at max level on Torment X before your 20-minute timer ends! A fan-favorite for those who enjoy unconventional builds, The Thrill/Superhuman requires completion of a Greater Rift level 45 to be completed Solo, but without any Set items equipped. Finally, Masters of the Universe/Masters of Sets stretches your class set knowledge by requiring a Mastery Rank completion of 8 different Set Dungeons; get ready to start collecting!


Haedrig’s Gift

Finally, the Class Sets available for completing certain chapters in the Season Journey courtesy of Haedrig’s Gift have rotated once more. We’ve listed the available Sets below. For those new to Seasons, here’s how it works:

Completing Chapters 2, 3, and 4 of the Season Journey will reward you with three of Haedrig’s Gifts. Each Gift contains a few pieces from one of your Class Sets. Players can only unlock one Class Set in this manner per Season across Hardcore and Non-Hardcore, so choose wisely!

The set you will receive depends on the Class of the character you’re playing when you open each Haedrig’s Gift. To collect a full Class Set, you’ll need to open all three on the same character.

Here are the sets granted by Haedrig’s Gift in Season 15:

  • Barbarian – Wrath of the Wastes
  • Crusader – Roland’s Legacy
  • Demon Hunter – Unhallowed Essence
  • Monk – Raiment of a Thousand Storms
  • Necromancer – Bones of Rathma
  • Witch Doctor – Helltooth Harness
  • Wizard – Tal Rasha’s Elements


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When does Season 15 start?

A: Season 15 begins Friday, September 21 at 5:00 p.m. PDT in North America, 5:00 p.m. CEST in Europe, and 5:00 p.m. KST in Asia. For time zone conversion, see this site.

Q: When do Seasons go live for players on Xbox One and PlayStation 4?

A: Seasons go live for all console players globally at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, regardless of which regional version of the game you may have. Please note that Seasonal Leaderboards for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are still separate by hardware platform.

Q: When will Season 15 end?

A: We currently anticipate that Season 15 will be ending on Sunday, December 16 at 5:00 p.m. PDT in North America, 5:00 p.m. CEST in Europe, and 5:00 p.m. KST in Asia.

Q: Why is the Season end date an estimate?

A: Traditionally, we have given players two weeks’ notice prior to the ending of a Season. However, we’ve heard the community’s feedback, so going forward, we’ll be providing more comprehensive Season details in the Season First Look blogs. Please bear in mind that this date is an estimate and there is always a chance it may shift. While we will do our best to hit these target dates as closely as possible, we will continue to verify the Season end date at the two-week warning mark.

Q: When are the non-Seasonal Leaderboards being wiped?

A: Non-Seasonal Leaderboards are tied to what we call “Eras,” each of which lasts about 6–12 months. The most recent era began November 9. For more information on Eras, please see this post.

Q: What will happen to older Seasonal and Era records?

A: Starting with Season 10, we removed old personal bests from Season 1. When Season 15 arrives, we will remove old personal bests from Season 6, and so on. We will be doing the same for personal bests from the previous Era when the next one goes live.

Seasonal Leaderboard records are not being cleared and will remain archived both in game and on our website.


Season 15 is almost here! What are your goals for this Season? What do you think of our next Seasonal theme? How will you change your approach to your Season Journey now that you have access to more Kanai’s Cube crafting mats, recipes, and bounty-exclusive Legendaries?

Let us know in the comments below and we’ll see you at the start of Season 15! (Source)

 

Diablo Unannounced Game is a Mobile Game (Android/iOS)

For months, there have been new job openings for the Diablo Unannounced Game team. Reading through the various listings sometimes you can find unique terms that describe more details about the project.

At first glance, some of the job openings clearly state it is a Diablo mobile game for Android & iOS devices. What intrigued me most is only one of the job openings kinda leaked this game might have some kind of Map Editor-like component to it.

Only one of the job openings (Senior Software Engineer, Graphics/Engine) describes First-person engine.

This is not only a Mobile Game, however. This game is made from the ground up to work on PC/MAC, and on Android/iOS Mobile devices: “Experience with shaders and GPU programming Knowledge of DirectX 11+ or OpenGL APIs.” — only one job opening revealed this portion (Senior Software Engineer, Graphics, Diablo).

Diablo The Kingdom of Shadow (Reprinting) Shipping Now

Diablo The Kingdom of ShadowStarting today, the reprinting of Diablo The Kingdom of Shadow (under the Blizzard Legends Publishing label) is shipping to homes.

This novel, by New York Times Bestselling author Richard A. Knaak, was originally printed in 2002 (a year after the launch of Diablo II: Lord of Destruction); and introduced Zayl the Necromancer, and the city of Ureh.

DESCRIPTION

Since the beginning of time, the angelic hosts of the High Heavens and the demonic hordes of the Burning Hells have been locked in a struggle for the fate of all Creation. That struggle has now come to the mortal realm…and neither Man nor Demon nor Angel will be left unscathed.

Legend speaks of a long-dead city known as Ureh, thought by many to have been a gateway to the High Heavens. It is believed that every two thousand years, when the stars align and the shadow of Mount Nymyr falls upon the ruins, Ureh is reborn– and all its lost riches are revealed to those brave enough to seek them out.

Now, after a lifetime of research and intense calculation, the Vizjerei sorcerer, Quov Tsin, has come to witness Ureh’s rebirth for himself. But that which awaits Tsin and his hired band of mercenaries is nothing like what they expected. They will find that the dream of radiant Ureh is, in fact, a twisted nightmare of horror– one that will draw them inexorably into The Kingdom of Shadow.

Series: Diablo: Blizzard Legends
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment (September 15, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1945683163
ISBN-13: 978-1945683169
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches

 

BlizzCon 2018 Speculation: Unannounced Diablo Game

BlizzCon 2018 is coming very soon (48 days from now), and Blizzard Entertainment has made every possible effort to tease they have a spectacular Diablo announcement to make at BlizzCon. The main one was the recent video by community manager Nevalistis, titled The Future of Diablo, where she openly revealed the team is working on “Multiple Projects.”

In addition, all of these have been circulating the internet as confirmed teasers that something is coming in the horizon.

  • The Goodie Bag contains a Diablo figurine.
  • The BlizzCon Overwatch legendary skin: Sombra’s Demon Hunter skin
  • Heroes of the Storm latest hero: Mephisto
  • Titan Comics’ Diablo #1 slated for November 7
  • Diablo: Book of Adria (A Bestiary book) slated for October 15
  • Netflix Diablo rumor

And, of course, let’s not forget that big Diablo I-era “Diablo” in neon right on the BlizzCon 2018 key art. Notice something particular about this incarnation of “Diablo”? He is missing the Soulstone on his forehead.

 

There are multiple projects in the works, which opens up various possible games. In this article, I will speculate on what some of them could be.

Diablo III: Eternal Collection Nintendo Switch Ships November 2

Blizzard Entertainment officially revealed the release date for the Diablo III: Eternal Collection Nintendo Switch. The game will ship on November 2 this year. The set contains all the content released until now, including: the Diablo III base game, the Reaper of Souls expansion, and the Rise of the Necromancer pack.

In addition, those who pre-order will gain cosmetic rewards exclusive to Nintendo Switch players.

  • Includes Switch-exclusive bonus cosmetics, featuring a full intimidating armor transmog set befit for the King of All Evil, Ganondorf; Golden Triforce portrait frame, Echoes of the Mask wings, and companion Cucco pet.
  • Play with up to 4 friends online, offline via local coop, or on a single console couch-coop style.
  • Supports all Switch controller configurations, including single and dual Joy-Con action.

Digital pre-orders are open for the definitive edition of Blizzard Entertainment’s genre-defining action RPG, which includes the Reaper of Souls® expansion, the Rise of the Necromancer™ pack, and more.

IRVINE, Calif.—September 13, 2018—Heed the prophecies, heroes—the newest front in the battle for the fate of Sanctuary will soon open! Diablo III Eternal Collection, the definitive version of Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed action RPG, arrives for Nintendo Switch™ on November 2, giving a whole new generation of gamers the opportunity to face down the horrors of the Burning Hells. Eager adventurers can secure their digital pre-orders starting today through the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch.

Endlessly playable and continually evolving, Diablo III provides a lifetime of challenge and adventure, and the Eternal Collection includes the multitude of features, refinements, and updates that have been added to the game to date. On top fighting through an epic story campaign that spans the High Heavens, the Burning Hells, and beyond, players can earn bountiful rewards in Adventure Mode, a never-ending onslaught of activity with constantly shifting objectives across all of the game’s locales. Diablo III Eternal Collection also includes Seasons, a recurring game mode that encourages players to create fresh characters, earn exclusive Seasonal rewards, and crush hordes of demons to earn spots on their region’s leaderboards.

“The gates of Hell will soon be opening once again, and we couldn’t be more excited to have Nintendo Switch players joining the battle,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Whether they’re bravely diving in alone or teaming up with friends, Sanctuary’s newest heroes are in store for endless adventuring—and endless loot—when Diablo III Eternal Collection launches on November 2.”

Diablo III Eternal Collection has been forged to take advantage of the Nintendo Switch System’s flexibility and versatility, whether players are using the Joy-Con controller or a Pro Controller. And true to Diablo’s spirit, players will have a wealth of options when it comes to cleansing Sanctuary cooperatively—parties of up to four can play together, either by sharing a screen on a single Nintendo Switch, linking their consoles together wirelessly, or connecting through the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service.

Diablo III is the fastest-selling PC game of all time.* The Reaper of Souls expansion introduced the mighty Crusader class, the infinitely-replayable Adventure Mode, and a host of other game-defining features, like the random loot-filled Nephalem Rift dungeons. In 2017, Rise of the Necromancer resurrected the fan-favorite Necromancer class from Diablo II, bolstering players’ forces with the gruesome powers of blood and bone. All of this is included in Diablo III Eternal Edition for the Nintendo Switch, on top of platform-exclusive bonus items, like Ganondorf’s cosmetic armor set, inspired by the iconic villain from The Legend of Zelda series.

Diablo III Eternal Collection for Nintendo Switch will be available on November 2 at retail stores everywhere and digitally through the Nintendo eShop at a suggested price of $59.99. For more information, visit https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/diablo-3-switch. For screenshots, video, and other media, visit the Blizzard Entertainment press site at https://blizzard.gamespress.com/Diablo-III.

 

 

RUMOR: Netflix Diablo Adaptation? [UPDATE]

The Revenge of the Fans website has started a rumor based on a news submission to their desk that a Netflix Diablo Adaptation by writer Andrew Cosby (co-founder of BOOM! Studios) is in the works. He has written Hellboy (currenlty in post-production, 2019), Eureka (TV series, 2006), and Haunted (TV series, 2002). The website points out to hold the rumor with a grain of salt.

**This article has been updated on Sept 4 and Sept 15. Check the bottom of this page with a Tweet from Andrew Cosby**

Nevertheless, I am more open-minded with this type of rumors. I have been monitoring this topic since 2016 after the launch of Activision Blizzard Studios. That is serious business. They brought former The Walt Disney Company executive Nick van Dyk as co-head of the team, alongside Stacey Sher (producer of Pulp Fiction, and currently executive producer of AMC’s Into the Badlands).

They have already launched Activision’s Skylanders Academy (TV Series) in Netflix. Two seasons so far, and a Call of Duty film series is slated between 2018-2019.

So it is not a matter of “if” we will ever see a Diablo, Warcraft, StarCraft, Overwatch, or Hearthstone TV series, or film series via Netflix by Activision Blizzard Studios. It is a matter of “when.”

© 2018 Blizzplanet - Read our Privacy Policy; and Terms and Conditions

©2004-2018 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved. World of Warcraft, Warcraft and Blizzard Entertainment are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

DMCA.com