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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.

Diablo II: Resurrected Early Access ACT 1 Gameplay videos

I have played Diablo II: Resurrected Early Access for approximately a combined 15+ hours; but keep in mind these videos are recorded from the point of view of a non-savvy player. So don’t expect guides, tutorials or such.

It is great to be able to toggle between the remastered version and the legacy version to see how things looked like originally versus fully 3D rendered models. You can toggle this by pressing the G key.

You can also zoom in to see your character, NPCs and monsters in details by pressing the F key.

Something I did not expect to see in Diablo II: Resurrected is that water on the ground actually reflects your character’s mirror image. I do not have a RTX video card. My video card is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 (originally released in January 22, 2015). Therefore, it caught me by surprise to zoom in and see my Druid character’s reflection on the water.

Speculation: Diablo IV in 2022 or Q1 2023?

Rhykker recently posted a video with some interesting interpretations from the Activision Blizzard Q2 2021 investors call.

Daniel Alegre started his operational highlights across business units with a shocking revelation (read full transcript):

The launch of Burning Crusade Classic in June marked the start or what is intended to be a very significant 18 month period for content releases. MAUs was 26 million.

Well, what does this really mean? (Read after the break)

Microsoft Allegedly leaks Diablo II: Resurrected Beta (August 17)

Redditor crimson4649 shared with other community members that Microsoft allegedly leaked the Diablo II: Resurrected Beta will start on Tuesday, August 17.

Microsoft seems to have updated the page, removing the date. If this actually happened, this might mean that Blizzard Entertainment might announce Beta next week via a developer blog. Possibly by Thursday, August 12. This is just speculation at this point as there is no WayBackMachine or Google Cached page to confirm this redditor’s word.

Diablo Immortal Delayed to First Half 2022

During the Activision Blizzard Q2 2021 Investors Call, Diablo Immortal has been delayed to the first half of 2022. Twenty minutes before the event, Diablo community manager PezRadar shared with us at the discord channel a link to a developer blog detailing what the team is doing to improve the game based on the closed alpha testers’ feedback.

Chinajoy 2021: Blizzard in Attendance

I have not found any Diablo Immortal announcements or reveals, but my radar just detected Blizzard Entertainment is participating in a unknown capacity at Chinajoy 2021. As you might have heard a few hours ago, the Diablo Immortal closed alpha test in China is coming to an end in August 2.

Chinajoy 2021 is taking place through July 30 – August 2. Why is Chinajoy of any relevance?

ActiBlizzWalkout: Nevalistis opens up

Former Diablo community manager Nevalistis opened up about her experience working at Blizzard Entertainment. The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) vs Activision Blizzard lawsuit reported by Bloomberg isn’t exclusively about sexual harassment, but there are other complex situations that affect women employed at Blizzard and in the gaming industry as a whole.

Nevalistis wasn’t specifically subject to sexual harassment, but there were practices by male employees with higher positions than her that made her life filled with hardships. To the point that she kept her associate title for 6 years without a promotion to a higher position and pay; where other males who were new to the job were promoted ahead of her.

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