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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.

Adam Fletcher Returns as Diablo 4 Community Development Lead

After a brief hiatus, Adam Fletcher announced a few hours ago that he is back at Blizzard Entertainment with a new job position as Community Development lead (manager) in the Diablo 4 team.

This is good news for Diablo Immortal beta, Diablo IV, and any new unannounced Diablo game in development. His job description encompasses the whole Diablo franchise.

Theorycraft: Diablo Immortal Monetization

One of the most secretive aspects of Diablo Immortal is the monetization. What will it be like? How will it be implemented? We won’t get a definitive answer just yet.

When asked, Wyatt Cheng basically said the team is focusing on gameplay first, making sure the game is fun. Then, they will iron out the specifics on what monetization might be.

Not everyone believed that due to an image that circulated online showing Wyatt Cheng and Netease developers next to a Powerpoint presentation showing Diablo Immortal monetization ideas — as posted by a Reddit user.

Personally, I can’t confirm that what the reddit user said is true. I don’t read Korean, and the image quality isn’t great. So I wouldn’t be able to know if someone who does read the language can even identify the letters or words from that image.

Diablo Immortal Team Searching for a Senior Concept Artist

In a very curious move, Blizzard Entertainment is searching for a Senior Concept Artist to join the Diablo Immortal team from home (for now).

On February 22, 2019 Netease revealed they had completed their development of Diablo Immortal, handing it over back to Blizzard Entertainment for polishing and completion.

A bit over a year now since then, all we know is that Diablo Immortal beta testing is slated to start mid-2020 — as revealed during the Activision Blizzard Q4 2019 financial report. A good guess would be: any time between the May-August range. If it was to be taken literally, then “June” is the mid-2020 month.

Sony Revealed PS5 DualSense Wireless Game Controller

SONY has revealed details about the PS5 DualSense Wireless Game Controller. Among some of the features is the haptic feedback, the Create button, and the built-in microphone array.

iPhone and Android phone users experience haptic feedback constantly via vibrations. The technology allows a phone to vibrate while interacting with onscreen interfaces, and also while playing certain mobile games.

For example, you might be playing a car racing game, and you can feel the varying vibrations as you accelerate, decelerate, or encounter different types of road textures and terrain for an immersive gameplay experience that provides extra information through your touch senses.

The game controller features:

  • Adaptive triggers into the L2 and R2 buttons
  • Long rechargeable battery life
  • USB-C recharging port
  • Built-in microphone array (no headset necessary. headset optional)
  • Ergonomic design
  • Create Button (replaces Share)
  • Haptic feedback
  • Light-weight chasis.

The Create Button replaces the Share button. That implies that the DualSense does more than share gameplay videos and livestream video with social networks (such as Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, etc.)

You can learn more about the PlayStation 5 hardware specs in the article posted during the Sony livestream held on March 18th.

Nevalistis Leaves Blizzard Entertainment

Our loved Diablo III community manager Nevalistis has announced that she is leaving Blizzard Entertainment.

This is, undoubtedly, one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to write. Not gonna lie, it took me a few tries.



March 27, 2020 will be my final day as Diablo Community Manager, and at Blizzard Entertainment. I’m not leaving for any ill reasons; my team here has always been understanding and kind, every developer I’ve had the honor of interacting with has been delightfully passionate, and the decision to leave was ultimately mine alone. I have an opportunity to explore a new and very different adventure, and if you’re curious about that, I’ll share more about it on my personal channels. Sometimes, opportunity presents itself and you just gotta roll the dice.

What I want to focus on is expressing my gratitude to this community 567 . For welcoming me when I stumbled in at the announcement of Reaper of Souls. For making me feel at home as I was trembling on livestream, fighting stage fright while introducing the expansion to the world. For all the smiles, high-fives, hugs, and selfies at conventions (especially BlizzCon). For the absolute conviction and passion for Sanctuary that I see in every player’s post, whether it’s excitement over the latest Season or constructive criticism for your favorite class. Regardless of highs and lows, this is one of the best communities out there, and the heart of it is warm, caring, and filled with people who just want more Diablo.

Thank you for permitting me to be a part of your community. Thank you for reading my weird blogs 250 and tolerating my terrible puns and memes. And thank you for staying awhile to listen. I’ve had an incredible opportunity learn and grow as person that I’ll carry with me the rest of my life, and I can’t wait to delve the depths of the Burning Hells and face down the mother of Sanctuary alongside the rest of you.

Lastly, rest assured that the Diablo community will be left in good hands. I’ve spent a fair amount of my final weeks here preparing to pass the torch to those who will follow in my footsteps and working with the team here to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible. You won’t be left unheard or unacknowledged, but please be understanding while the next folks get settled in. We’re all here to battle the demons of Hell together, after all!

I’ll see you in Sanctuary, adventurers. — source

Sony Reveals PS5 Specs

Sony has revealed the full PS5 specs through a long boring presentation meant for game developers and hyper-geeks. So make sure to bring pop corn and a good supply of caffeinated drinks to endure the deep-dive tech speech dump.

We know that Diablo IV is been developed for the PC and Consoles simultaneously, so as console consumers we should get to know the specs of what is coming next from Sony.

The PS5 has the following specs:

  • Custom (x86-64) 8-core/16 Threads AMD Zen 2 CPU at 3.5GHz (variable frequency).
  • An AMD RDNA 2 architecture GPU running at 2.23GHz (10.3 teraflops and 36 compute units) with Ray Tracing Acceleration.
  • 16 GDDR6 RAM (448GB/s Bandwidth).
  • 825GB SSD (5.5GB/s Read Bandwidth — Raw)
  • PS5 Game Disc: Ultra HD Blu-ray (up to 100GB/disc)
  • Integrated I/O system.
  • Tempest 3D AudioTech.
  • Support for 4K TVs at 120Hz, and 8K TVs. VRR (specified by HDMI v2.1).
  • Backward Compatibility with 4000 PS4 titles.

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