Diablo Immortal Company Playtest Updated Sept 21, 2020

This marks the fourth Diablo Immortal Company Playtest build update since Aug 24 — pushed into the Google Play Diablo Immortal webpage. So far there has been the following updates:

  • Aug 24
  • Aug 26
  • Sept 14
  • Sept 21

There is something in common about these dates. All of them fall on a Monday — except the 26th, which could have been an emergency bug fix.

Diablo: The Sin War, Scales of the Serpent Audibook Available

Blizzard Entertainment has definitely changed the way audiobooks are presented in Amazon. They no longer open pre-orders that launch months later, up to a year. They drop them overnight into the store.

The Diablo: The Sin War, Scales of the Serpent Audiobook is available for sale and you can listen to it whole right away.

Originally, this novel by Richard A. Knaak was released before Diablo III’s announcement. Most of the themes and concepts in the game are based on the novel trilogy — such as the origin of the nephalem.

BlizzCon 2021 Online Dates Announced

Blizzard Entertainment has announced the official dates for the BlizzCon 2021 Online event. Sadly, none of the juicy stuff was added to the revealed schedule. Only the special community events. All we can do is guess: Diablo 4? Overwatch 2? World of Warcraft Classic: What’s Next? Diablo Immortal?

We won’t know until Blizzard decides to share a more comprehensive schedule.

Google Android Developers helped optimize Diablo Immortal for Android 11 devices

Yesterday, the Google Android Developers blog posted an update on their latest Android GPU Inspector tool that entered Open Beta. This graphics profiler tool is available to game studios developing for the Android platform.

The Android GPU Inspector (AGI) tool finds graphic bottlenecks to help fine tune and optimize the game’s performance.

The AGI tool closed preview was available only to a few game developers — including Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase — and compatible with Pixel 4, Pixel 4XL, Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10 running Android 11.

Apple Event 2020 Transcript: New iPad (A12) and iPad Air (A14)

Apple threw the sink out of the window announcing the new iPad with an A12 bionic chip for only $329 and the iPad Air with an A14 bionic chip. Both with Retina Display; and neural engine on the cheapest iPad for the first time.

If you have no mobile device, and you are interested in playing Diablo Immortal and don’t want the hassle of paying over $800 for a phone — the new iPad with the A12 bionic chip for $329 might be your very best decision.

Not only can you use the tablet for playing Diablo Immortal, but it has a plethora of productivity apps at the reach of your fingertip which you can also use on-the-go, at the office, or school. The A12 bionic chip is in the flagship iPad Pro tablet, now available to the cheapest new generation iPad.

You can read a partial Apple Event transcript (focused on iPad, iPad Air, and iOS14) after the break.

How to stream gameplay video and audio from Android to Youtube/Twitch?

In preparation for Diablo Immortal, and of course, to record Raziel: Dungeon Arena Beta I stumbled straight into a wall.

My original idea was to search for an Android app able to mirror the smartphone’s screen and audio from Android to PC.

I installed several alternatives from Google Play, and some suggested through sites I found in Google and YouTube. All of them failed miserably.

All apps I tried mirror the screen, but no audio.

Defeated, then I went for the next possible alternative. After all, the only reason I wanted to mirror video and audio from Android to PC was to make the app fullscreen on my PC monitor to record the video using OBS Studio (Windows 10, 64-bit).

Raziel: Dungeon Arena BETA and Global Launch Release Date

Raziel: Dungeon Arena has been catching the attention of several Diablo Immortal fans. It looks like a pretty similar clone of Diablo Immortal to sate us until Blizzard is ready to launch the Diablo Immortal BETA testing.

Raziel is available for BETA Testing right now from September 3 at 11pm EST until September 11 at 11:59pm EST.

Below you can read an official Raziel BETA FAQ page posted in the Tap Tap app by the developers.

Raziel Beta Starts Sept 4

While we all wait for Diablo Immortal, there is a mobile game similar to Diablo Immortal — RAZIEL which is currently taking pre-registration. The pre-download begins on September 3 at 11pm EST and beta starts proper on September 4.

This game was only available in China and Japan. Now it is coming to USA in English. One thing I noticed is the requirement is Android 5.0 or above. Hopefully, we see something similar with Diablo Immortal.

We know that Diablo Immortal is developed with the Messiah Engine (NetEase’s engine). Other NetEase game using the Messiah engine: Knives Out — has a Android 4.4 minimum requirement. So there is some hope for old phone users.


RAZIEL: DUNGEON ARENA

Pre-register while it lasts. On September 3, the pre-register button will not be available anymore. This is sort of a boot camp for you to learn how a mobile beta page looks like if you have never participated in one before.

If the Google Play or Tap Tap page won’t let you pre-register, try the official Raziel website.

NOTE: The App Store says the Raziel: Dungeon Arena (iOS) is expected September 22, 2020. It is confirmed that is the Android/iOS official launch date.

How to join Raziel: Dungeon Arena Beta Testing:

  1. From within your Android device, open the Google Chrome app.
  2. Type https://www.tap.io
  3. Click the Download button at the top-right (below the address bar).

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