Samsung Galaxy S10 Unveiled

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:

Samsung Galaxy S10 128GB (6.1″ Dual Sim LTE) for $1,099.99

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Plus 128GB + 6GB RAM (6.4″ Dual Sim) for $1,299.99

**Factory Unlocked cellphones are compatible with most of the GSM carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile, but are not compatible with CDMA carriers such as Verizon and Sprint.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 includes:

The Art of Diablo

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]

ISBN-10: 1945683651
ISBN-13: 978-1945683657

Wendy’s Throws Shade at Diablo Immortal

Recently, Wendy’s posted a tweet exhorting followers to download their mobile app in order to get a free Junior Bacon Cheeseburger with any purchase during #NationalFastFoodDay.

In response to a Twitter follower who asked Wendy’s: “What if we don’t have a phone?” — the fast-food restaurant replied:

“Then you won’t be playing the new Diablo.”

Diablo III Season 16 Starts January 11

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.

Hey everyone,

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!

Good luck,
– Tyvalir

 

Official: Multiple Diablo Games Will Be Announced in 2019

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 -

 

ANALYSIS

We continue to read feedback and our internal discussions are ongoing.

Former Diablo III Technical Artist Talks about Diablo Immortal

Chris Haga, former Diablo III Technical Artist uploaded a video shortly after the Diablo Immortal announcement at BlizzCon to share his point of view about the game, but more importantly to defend Wyatt Cheng, Mike Morhaime, and Allen Adham.

Chris Haga worked at Blizzard for 7 years until December 2011. A year before the Diablo III launch. He admits the game was not good upon launch, and praises Wyatt Cheng for turning around things until it felt more like Diablo II: Lord of Destruction.

NOTE: Not family or job safe. Some profanity spoken in both videos.

Thanks, @t2000exe for the heads up (via tweet).

Diablo: Book of Adria Ships on December 4

After a long and troubling hiatus, Diablo: Book of Adria finally got a launch date: December 4th. If you haven’t yet, pre-order Diablo: Book of Adria.

“Sanctuary is home to some of the most dangerous creatures to pull themselves from the pits of hell. Tread lightly, and never fall prey to monsters with the Diablo Bestiary. A celebration of the corrupted beasts and grotesque enemies that players have slain across the franchise’s history, this book is the perfect companion to guide you through the next layer of torment.”

Back cover: “Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo franchise features familiar towns, haunted forests, and exciting dungeons teeming with amazing creatures both good and evil waiting to be discovered. Arm yourself against them all with the Book of Adria: A Diablo Bestiary. This tome includes dozens of original illustrations and new lore about the demons, beasts, risen dead, and angels that roam the world of Sanctuary and the realms beyond.

Written by the mysterious witch Adria, this instructional guide shows you the ways of forbidden magic and provides arcane knowledge about the creatures of the land. It also documents Adria’s personal quest for power– a quest so all-consuming, it leads her to sacrifice everything to Diablo, Lord of Terror.”

Blizzard Careers: The Diablo Category Paradigm Shift

Just weeks after Blizzard Entertainment announced Diablo Immortal at BlizzCon 2018, the Blizzard Careers site has made some drastic changes on how job openings are posted under the different Diablo teams.

Not long ago, all leading developers have been repeating the mantra that Blizzard is working on Multiple projects by Multiple teams.

Well, now we know there are at least three projects (with the potential for more) as per the new Diablo categories:

Diablo Immortal and Diablo IV: What an MMO should be

Diablo Immortal was announced as an MMOARPG (or massively multiplayer online action roleplaying game). However, there weren’t many elements we could see of this in the BlizzCon demo.

You never saw other players cross paths with any of the livestreamers while traversing the Bilefen. Only when they queued for the dungeon as a Group, did we see other players.

Of course, this is only a demo; and Wyatt Cheng mentioned you can see other people in the Westmarch capital city.

However, how much of a MMO features are we really going to see in Diablo Immortal when it comes to seeing other ungrouped people in the world? Better yet, why is the world of Sanctuary not a real world?

As I pointed out recently in a tweet addressed to @Diablo and in a forum thread at Diablofans, when I hear the term MMO wrapped around a Diablo video game, I have very steep and high expectations.

I knitted together the full map of the Bilefen by taking screenshots of the BlizzCon Diablo Immortal livestream by Bahjeera and Kraxell. For an “MMO” this doesn’t look like an MMO open world. I coined it a spaghetti string that goes from Point A to Point B.

 

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