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.

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.

Diablo: The Sin War, Birthright Audible

The Diablo: The Sin War, Birthright Audible is now available for pre-order. The audiobook is narrated by Richard Halverson.

Another surprise listing. This audiobook is launching on March 10, 2020. Days from now.

Birthright (2006) — by New York Times bestselling author Richard A. Knaak — was the first book of the trilogy that shaped the core story elements of Diablo III — about 2 years before the game was even announced (2008).


Diablo: The Sin War, Birthright Audible

Since the beginning of time, the angelic hosts of the High Heavens and the demonic hordes of the Burning Hells have been locked in a struggle for the fate of all Creation. That struggle has now come to the mortal realm…and neither Man nor Demon nor Angel will be left unscathed.

Listening Length11 hours, 59 minutes
AuthorRichard A. Knaak
NarratorRichard Halverson
Release DateMarch 10, 2020
Program TypeAudible, Audiobook
VersionUnabridged
ASIN B085FSCGM4

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BlizzCon 2019 Panel Transcripts

Diablo 4: Rod Fergusson Day 1

A few weeks ago, Rod Fergusson acknowledged he was leaving The Coalition where he worked 15 years developing the Gears of War franchise at Epic Games initially as an executive producer, then director of production from 2005-2011.

In 2012, Fergusson left Epic Games to join Irrational Games.

Later, in 2014, Microsoft acquired the Gears of War franchise and assigned its development to The Coalition. Hearing this, Fergusson returned to Gears of War from 2014-2020.

Speculation: Diablo Immortal Timelines

During the BlizzCon 2018 Diablo Immortal panel, Wyatt Cheng said something that has been poking the back of my mind ever since. Something that has made me think that Diablo Immortal is not just to tell the story of what happened five years after Diablo II’s Worldstone destruction, but also serve as a primer for Diablo IV.

That thing poking at the back of my mind is that there is not just other worlds out there — as revealed to the dragon Trag’Oul in Diablo: The Sin War (Vol. 3) — but there are also other timelines. If you are into DC Comics or Marvel Comics — you know what I mean: a multiverse of alternate timelines.

Diablo IV Quaterly Update – Feb 2020

Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo IV team has posted the first quaterly report of 2020, earlier than expected.

After BlizzCon 2019 feedback, the developers made changes the UI, moving it to the center of the screen, instead of bottom-left.

This is the first time development of a Diablo game is simultaneous for both PC and Consoles. Console controller support for PC included.

The Quarterly report includes details of a new monster family: The Cannibals — found in the Dry Steppes. Remnants of the Barbarians.

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