Blizzplanet launches WorldofSanctuary.com

A few days ago, Diablofans.com ended an era when they officially closed shop. There won’t be news updates anymore. There won’t be new Class builds anymore. Their won’t be new community forum posts anymore.

The entire website has gone into read-only mode. No new forum threads or topics can be posted.

I decided to somewhat fill the void that Diablofans is leaving in the wake of their departure. I launched the WorldofSanctuary.com forum, which can be accessed with your Battle.net Login.

I recently posted that WorldofSanctuary will have a Diablo III Build section where fans will be able to “create build” or browse through “Builds” — as close as possible to what you were used to see at Diablofans.

Currently, 3Di (phpBB) is hard at work developing this tool. He already showed me a preview of his progress. He estimates the tool will be live by mid-May 2019.

In addition, CarlX (a coder from the Blizzard API forums) with years of Diablo II gameplay wishes to help develop a Diablo II Class build tool as well. This tool will be very helpful to those who want to play Diablo II now, or later when Diablo II: Remastered goes live.

Please, feel free to share your feedback, petitions, and suggestions about what the Diablo III or Diablo II class build tool should have for the benefit of this community.

Diablo (1996) Available on GOG.com

Blizzard Entertainment has announced that the original Diablo game that launched in 1996 is now available at GOG.com — however, the DRM-free GOG version has been optimized for current systems by GOG.

This is a very unusual move by Blizzard Entertainment, but considering the vast GOG playerbase, this could be interpreted as a sign of things to come. Tapping into that pool of players can be seen as a way to bring new players into Diablo Immortal, and better yet… a Diablo II: Remastered.

It is no surprise that Diablo II: Remastered will be developed after Warcraft III: Reforged ships. It’s just a matter of when Blizzard will announce it, when beta testing begins, and when it ships.

Q: Is Diablo II coming to GOG.COM?

A: Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction are currently available for purchase digitally on the Battle.net Shop. We have no additional announcements at this time.

Q: What is different between the Battle.net and GOG-enhanced versions of the game?

A: The original Battle.net version of the game is completely unchanged and allows players to connect to one another through Blizzard’s Battle.net online-gaming service.

The GOG-enhanced version offers several quality of life additions, including minor audio fixes, up-scaling support for resolution and refresh rate control, and compatibility fixes. Please note that this version cannot connect to Battle.net and only supports multiplayer via LAN and P2P connection.

Blizzard provided a FAQ for those who wish to learn more about this GOG enhanced version of the original Diablo game.

You can order Diablo for $9.99 at GOG.com at the following page.

On December 31, 1996, Diablo introduced the world to the dark, foreboding realm of Sanctuary. Heroes braved the depths below Tristram Cathedral to take on the Lord of Terror himself, kicking off an ongoing legacy in the world of action role-playing games. Today, players can once again explore this timeless Blizzard classic as it becomes available digitally and DRM-free for the first time ever, exclusively on GOG.COM! Diablo has been lovingly preserved in its original form, featuring HD resolution support and compatibility fixes brought to you by the GOG team to ensure compatibility with modern PC operating systems. Play on your own or with friends via network or direct IP. Explore randomly generated rooms, corridors, traps, treasures, monsters, and stairways, all rendered in their original three-dimensional, SVGA enhanced graphics. Ready to go back to where it all started? Diablo is available now direct from GOG.COM for $9.99!
 

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:

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:

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