Diablo III Season 17 on PTR 2.6.5

As speculated last night via tweet, Blizzard Entertainment was tweaking the PTR last night in preparation for Season 17 on PTR.

The Diablo III PTR 2.6.5 will go live on Friday, April 5; and it will last for a week to test Season 17 — which features an insane buff.

The Season of Legacy of Nightmares:

  • Player’s damage dealt is increased by 750% and damage taken is reduced by 4% for every Ancient Item they have equipped while having no Set Bonuses Active.

Other highlights of Patch 2.6.5 is that Torment 14, 15, and 16 have been added into the game. So far the max difficulty was Torment 13.

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:

Unannounced Diablo Game Positions Filled

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.

Loot Goblin amiibo Now Available

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.

Read the blog here.

Diablo III Season 16: The Season of Grandeur

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?

Read the Season 16 patch notes below:

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