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)
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With Diablo Immortal and other Blizzard mobile games around the corner, those who already have phones might be thinking about upgrading, while those without a phone might wonder what’s the newest device in the block in 2019.
Samsung has officially announced the Samsung Galaxy S10. You can now buy it at carrier service companies starting on March 8, or you can pre-order the Factory Unlocked version here:
Blizzard Entertainment has deployed Diablo III Patch 2.6.4 into live realms. Five additional tabs have been added to the Armory. Primal Legendaries are now marked as a pentagram in the mini-map. Season 16: Season of Grandeur starts on Jan 18th.
A new listing in Amazon revealed plans to launch The Art of Diablo on October 15, 2019. There aren’t further details other than the new listing and the ISBN data. You can pre-order it now for $45.00.
Description: For more than 20 years, the artists behind Diablo have conjured new visions of the High Heavens and the Burning Hells, built nightmarish corridors filled with monsters and demons, and unleashed swarms of malevolent creatures upon players worldwide. The Art of Diablo plunges into the concept, design, and environmental art that has defined the world of Sanctuary and the Eternal Conflict at the core of the Diablo series. [update: description added on Jan 16]
On November 24, I posted an article titled Blizzard Careers: The Diablo Category Paradigm Shift. Back then, the Diablo Immortal job openings had been moved to its own category, and the unannounced Game category had specified 22 job openings for a Diablo game that some speculate is Project Fenris (aka Diablo IV).
Right now, 21 job openings have been filled and only the Executive Producer job opening for the Diablo unannounced game remains.
As I specified in the past article, one of the job postings for the Diablo Unannounced game stated the candidate should have knowledge of DirectX 11+, which means this new game is not Diablo Immortal-related nor a mobile game.
The third blog (of multiple) that Nevalistis mentioned were coming post-BlizzCon is here. The Loot Goblin amiibo is a Diablo III Nintendo Switch exclusive feature and it is purchased exclusively from Gamestop (currently at a $15.99 value).
The Loot Goblin amiibo is a toy, similar to Funko Pop vinyl figures, but it contains an NFC (Near-Field Communication) chip.
All Loot Goblin amiibo toy owners will have an amiibo portal item placed in their Diablo III stash (useable across all characters). Clicking the amiibo portal opens a rainbow portal.
After you scan the Loot Goblin amiibo toy with your Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con controller’s Right Stick, the rainbow portal changes instantly into a golden portal to give you access to The Vault where you can fight the Baroness Greed. You can do this once every 24-hours.
Blizzard Entertainment announced that Diablo III Season 16 will begin on January 18th, allowing Season characters to equip a full set bonus with one less set item requirement, plus the legendary power of the Ring of Royal Grandeur is applied to your character by default. That means you can equip an extra Legendary item to replace one set item, and use a different legendary power as Ring of Royal Grandeur doesn’t stack with the Season of Grandeur bonus.
One thing to note is that Nevalistis told Rhykker at BlizzCon “We are not done with Diablo III” and that she had still to post multiple blogs.
So far she has posted two blogs: the PTR 2.6.4 blog and now the Season of Grandeur blog. That’s a couple. Multiple stands for 3 or more. December has 12 more days before the month ends — which makes me wonder… what else is coming?
Community manager Tyvalir announced that Diablo III Season 15 will end (a month from now) on January 6th; and shortly after, Season 16 starts on January 11th.
In order to ensure a smooth transition between Seasons, and give players extra time to enjoy the Double Bounty Cache buff, we will be ending Season 15 on January 6. With this, Season 16 is scheduled to begin on January 11.
As a quick heads-up, we will also be resetting the current Era leaderboards on January 11, so you’ve still got some time to push for that final leaderboard placement before the rollover occurs!
The Diablo Teams continue to listen to feedback after the cold boo response during the BlizzCon Diablo Immortal panel. Nevalistis revealed that multiple Diablo projects will be announced throughout 2019.
We continue to read feedback and our internal discussions are ongoing. We have many plans for Diablo across multiple projects which we’ll be revealing over the course of the coming year. We are eager to share more about all of our projects, but some will have to wait as we prefer to show you, rather than tell you, about them. It’s going to take some time as we strive to meet your expectations, but now, more than ever, we are committed to delivering Diablo experiences the community can be proud of.
– The Diablo Teams -
We continue to read feedback and our internal discussions are ongoing.