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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.

Pitfalls of the Diablo Immortal Announcement

The Diablo Immortal announcement received an extremely cold reception at BlizzCon and abroad. During the Q&A, a fan asked: “I just was wondering, is this an out of season April Fool’s joke?

Some people are comparing that guy with The Red Shirt Guy, and even tag him as a hero. Let me tell you. That guy can never be compared with The Red Shirt Guy. Ian is respectful when he differs from the developers’ opinions or in-game stories, and points out constructively his point of view. Asking on live broadcast during a Q&A if this is an out of season April Fool’s joke is blatantly disrespectful. It is not a Q&A question. It was meant as an insult toward the company as a whole.

BlizzCon 2018 Diablo Immortal Panel Transcript

During BlizzCon 2018, the Diablo developers announced a new MMO-Action RPG game for mobile devices. Diablo Immortal is set 5 years after the destruction of the Worldstone, filling the gap storywise for what happened between Diablo II: Lord of Destruction and Diablo III.

Among the panelists were:

  • Wyatt Cheng (principal lead designer)
  • Kris Zierhut (technical game designer)
  • Matthew Berger (senior designer)

BlizzCon 2018 Diablo Immortal Panel Transcript

 

Diablo III: Eternal Collection for Nintendo Switch Shipping Now

Blizzard Entertainment deployed a press release to announce that the Diablo III: Eternal Collection (Nintendo Switch) is now on sale and shipping.

Don’t have a Nintendo Switch? You can order one here.

DIABLO® III ETERNAL COLLECTION™ AVAILABLE NOW FOR NINTENDO SWITCH™

​​​​​​​The definitive edition of Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed action RPG includes all the features and content from every expansion and update
Sanctuary’s newest heroes can join the fight in style with the Nintendo Switch Diablo III Eternal Collection Bundle, and amass vast riches with the help of the Treasure Goblin amiibo

IRVINE, Calif.—November 2, 2018—The minions of Hell have never been stronger, but reinforcements have arrived! Blizzard Entertainment announced today that Diablo III® Eternal Collection™ is available now for Nintendo Switch, enlisting a new legion of heroes into the eternal struggle against the Burning Hells.

The Eternal Collection includes every feature, refinement, and upgrade added to Diablo III to date, including the critically acclaimed Reaper of Souls® expansion, and last year’s Rise of the Necromancer™ pack, as well as platform-exclusive bonus items such as a cosmetic armor set inspired by Ganondorf, the iconic villain from The Legend of Zelda series. With a five-act story campaign that spans the deadly world of Sanctuary, an endlessly playable Adventure Mode, and seven powerful classes to master, Diablo III Eternal Collection is the perfect all-in-one package for novice demon-slayers, and veterans eager to cleanse Sanctuary on the go.

“The Eternal Collection delivers everything Diablo III has to offer to Nintendo Switch players, and the great conflict between the High Heavens and the Burning Hells is now in their hands,” said J. Allen Brack, President of Blizzard Entertainment. “We look forward to sharing all of the challenges, adventures, and sweet, sweet loot with our newest allies in Sanctuary.”

Players looking to commemorate the arrival of the Lord of Terror to Nintendo’s newest system also have the option of purchasing the Nintendo Switch Diablo III Eternal Collection Bundle—forged specifically for Sanctuary’s newest heroes and styled to evoke the dark visage of the Lord of Terror. Available starting today, the bundle includes a Diablo III-themed Nintendo Switch system and dock, a Diablo III-edition carrying case, and a download code for Diablo III Eternal Collection.

Heroes hoping for an edge in their crusades will want to take advantage of Diablo III Eternal Collection’s amiibo™ support—and seize a Treasure Goblin amiibo, available in December. Scanning the Treasure Goblin amiibo opens a portal to Greed’s Domain, the mythical Treasure Realm replete with riches and guarded by the Baroness herself. In addition, players can scan any available amiibo figure once per day to spawn packs of powerful Champion monsters to battle for experience and loot.

Diablo III Eternal Collection has been honed for the Nintendo Switch system, affording players full access to its deep, rewarding gameplay whether they use a Joy-Con or a Pro Controller. The full suite of multiplayer options guarantees that friends can always play together anytime and anywhere. Up to four players can link their consoles wirelessly, connect through the Nintendo Switch Online service, or share a screen on a single Nintendo Switch system.

Diablo III Eternal Collection for Nintendo Switch is available at retail stores everywhere and digitally through the Nintendo eShop at a suggested price of $59.99. For more information, visit Nintendo.

 

Diablo III: Eternal Collection on Nintendo Switch – Live Action Trailer

Blizzard Entertainment launched a new Diablo III: Eternal Collection (Nintendo Switch) live action trailer just 3 days before BlizzCon’s Opening Ceremony. The Diablo III: Eternal Collection is shipping on November 2 for the Nintendo Switch.

The trailer starts at a building apartment. The walls become tainted with bloody creep crawling up the wall and the ceiling; and the wall paint bubbles up as the temperature rises. The taint originates from the armor remains of an angel that has been killed by Diablo.

 

From the point of view of a female player, you walk downstairs. All the way out of the building, the walls have a claw-shaped scratch. Diablo’s roar can be heard in the distance.

 

I want you to watch the trailer 0:11 until 0:20. The camera moves in a 360 degree as it swivels downward on the Z-axis of the stairs. If you reversed the sequence from 0:20 to 0:11, starting on the ground level of the building, you would notice there are 4 floors — with ground level being Floor 1. Probably looking too deep into it… but I bet some people might get hyped with Diablo IV.

The female player walks through the streets. Cars are clawed on the side. The streets are desolated. Fiery ash floats in the air.

A car is impacted by an Angel weapon causing the car to rotate 45 degrees. You probably missed it, but if you pause the video, a nearby van has rune symbols. Some are recognizable from Talent Runes in Diablo III, but others have no resemblance. Makes me wonder if there is a significance hidden there.

 

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!

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).

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