Blizzard Entertainment posted a 7-page digital comic (by Valerie Watrous) based on the female Necromancer. The first page with the child necromancer holding eggs reminds me of one of the events in Act II in the Shrouded Moors. One peculiar thing in the digital comic is the Necromancer lives in some ancient temple beneath the ground. The doorway into this stronghold is at the roots of a big tree.
Not long ago (in May 3), during the Necromancer Q&A, Julian Love mentioned the white hair of the necromancer would be explained by some other media. This digital comic didn’t particularly answer this which suggest there might be a male necromancer digital comic, or a continuation of the female necromancer, or some yet a different media. Hopefully, we get to see a graphic novel at some point, or a novel.
If you missed the Q&A livestream, follow the link above for the video. I also transcribed the entire thing.
The recent Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer press release had a sweet image attachment containing the newest Alex Horley artwork adding the necromancer to the roster of Diablo III heroes versus Diablo the Prime Evil. It is wicked and cool to add as your wallpaper.
Right-click the image and select “Open in a new tab” for the full size (10747 x 7212)
Blizzard Entertainment deployed Diablo III Patch 2.6.0 with free content (even if you don’t buy the Rise of the Necromancer pack). The content includes new creatures, Challenge Rifts, Shrouded Moors (Act II), the Temple of the Firstborn, and the Realms of Fate (Act IV).
Update: Noticed the tax increased the amount from $14.99 to $16.32 total. The WoW Token won’t be enough to cover that. I had to add $1.00 via credit card to complete the amount.
Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer is on sale after June 27th for $14.99, but you can get it for Free with a WoW Token. Free in the sense that there is no actually cash or credit card involved, but it costs World of Warcraft in-game gold instead.
This is how to buy Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer with a WoW Token.
1. Go to Orgrimmar or Stormwind.
2. Open the Auction House window.
3. Click the WoW Token tab.
4. Purchase the WoW Token for 128,901 gold. (This amount might vary from server to server and location)
5. Go to your in-game Mailbox.
6. Click the WoW Token in your bag/inventory. A window opens onscreen asking you to choose Game Time or Blizzard Balance. In this case, choose Blizzard Balance.
7. What this does is give you credit for $15 in Blizzard Balance. Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer costs $14.99, which make it Free at the cost of World of Warcraft gold.
8. If you go to the Battle.net Account Management page (USA | Europe) you can now see $15.49 in your Battle.net Balance.
Update: The tax raises the cost to $16.32. You might still have to use a credit card to add a minimum of $1.00 and it might take up to three days for the Blizzard Balance to update the extra amount. As discovered today, it turned into a hassle.
9. On June 27, go to Diablo3.com and purchase Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer using your Battle.net Balance.
A week before the official launch of Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer, Blizzard Entertainment featured today a first look into The Shrouded Moors. You can read further details at the official website.
Sanctuary is a big place, and in Patch 2.6.0 it’s about to get bigger! With new areas appearing in Acts II and IV of Adventure Mode, there are more places to explore, more bounties to complete, and more monsters to slay.
The pricing by itself is kinda surprising. It is quite a low price compared with other pricing models for other Blizzard games. In addition to the new hero, two stashes, two slots, and the other cosmetic perks (for $14.99), Blizzard is also giving you new areas: Shrouded Moors (Act II), Temple of the Firstborn, Realms of Fate (Act IV); plus the Greater Rift Challenge Mode feature– these are provided to the players for free in the upcoming Diablo III patch 2.6.0.
Personally, I don’t think there will be a Diablo IV any time soon. For example, StarCraft II is a 6-year old game that went through three episodes (if we may call them that): Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm, and Legacy of the Void. Then, Blizzard released a three-part pack: Nova Covert Ops for … $14.99. Is that pricing model familiar? Then they also release a new Co-Op Commander every few months for $4.99.
Blizzard Entertainment has announced the official release date for the Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer pack. On June 27, the pack will be available for PC, Xbox One, and PS4 for $14.99 in the United States. Read the press release, and afterwards the FAQ.
IRVINE, Calif.– As the Burning Hells invade Sanctuary and all hope seems lost, an unlikely hero rises to restore balance to the world, calling forth an army of the dead and cleansing the land of evil. From the crypts deep beneath Blizzard Entertainment today came a dark invocation proclaiming that the Rise of the Necromancer™ pack, which summons the much-anticipated necromancer class into Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, will be unleashed June 27 — available to those in the living realm digitally in-game on PC or through the online Blizzard Shop, PlayStation®Store, and Xbox One Store.
Nevalistis announced (3 hours ago by the time of this posting) that the Necromancer beta test has officially ended. The link will work for a week (for those who are flagged to participate in beta. It is not visible to non-beta testers).
A sad panda moment for beta testers, but a great moment for those beta testers and to the general public. The release date has not been announced yet, but it is crystal clear that the Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer pack will release within weeks reach.
While no release date has been announced yet, we do have two dates that might shed some light. First, the Diablo III Season 10 ends on June 23. Season 11 starts on July 20 (as per the official Season Schedule). So it might be safe to speculate the release date might be in between these two dates.
The Necromancer Beta has now ended.
We want to take a moment to thank all of your for your honest, detailed feedback provided throughout the course of the Beta. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for being a part of bringing the next Diablo III class to life!
We’ll leave the forums open until the end of this week (June 23) in case you wish to archive anything. After that, we’ll be closing them down.
Recently (on March 27, 2016), Blizzard Entertainment announced the development of StarCraft: Remastered where the developers are remaking all the graphic assets to support 4K Ultra HD video cards and Monitors.
A recent Blizzard Entertainment job opening, furthermore, hints ongoing plans to develop a remastered version of Diablo II and Warcraft III, as well. These have not been officially announced, but the wording used in the job opening erases any doubt that this is the plan. After mentioning StarCraft, Warcraft III, and Diablo II, the job opening clearly states: “We’re restoring them to glory.”
Blizzard Entertainment reached out to fansites to inform they will have a special livestream where the Developers will provide a deep dive into the new Challenge Rifts feature, and a first look at the Challenge Rifts mechanics. You can watch the livestream today Fri June 2 at 1pm PT (4pm ET).