Since the last job openings report (Oct 9), two new job openings have been added to the Diablo Immortal Careers page:
Diablo Immortal Alpha for internal company-wide playtest started on August 24th, when the Diablo Immortal App in Google Play was updated. The Diablo Immortal app had not been updated since October 28, 2018 (days before BlizzCon).
Thereafter, there have been at least 6 updates to the Diablo Immortal App, listed below:
|DIABLO IMMORTAL - UPDATE HISTORY|
|1. Mon, August 24 2020|
|2. Wed, August 26 2020|
|3. Mon, September 14 2020|
|4. Mon, September 21 2020|
|5. Thurs, October 15, 2020|
|6. Fri, October 16, 2020|
|7. Mon, October 26, 2020|
|8. Thurs, October 29, 2020|
|9. Fri, November 6, 2020|
|10. Tue, November 10, 2020|
|11. Thurs, November 12, 2020|
|12. Fri, November 20, 2020|
|13. Thurs, Dec 3, 2020|
|14. Mon, Dec 7, 2020|
|15. Tue, Dec 8, 2020|
|16. Thurs, Dec 10, 2020|
|17. Fri, Dec 11, 2020|
|18. Mon, Dec 14, 2020 (Technical Alpha streamers secretly invited)|
|19. Fri, Dec 18, 2020 (Technical Alpha begins in Australia, plus press/fansite/streamer invitations go out)|
|20. Tue, January 5, 2021 (Technical Alpha ends) Android at 3pm PST / iOS at 5:48pm PST|
|21. Thrus, January 7, 2021 (client updated: Necromancer & Crusader datamined)|
The Diablo Immortal company playtest continues. Its Google Play page has been updated on Thursday, October 15th. This is the fifth update since the company playtest began, and it breaks the Monday update trend.
A new job opening that appeared in my notifications made me visit the Blizzard Careers page to search for Diablo Immortal jobs.
Last time I took a screenshot of the Diablo Immortal jobs page was August 29. I compared it against the present page, and noticed some of the jobs listed back in August are gone, and more job openings have been listed since then.
An alert went out to subscribers that the Activision Blizzard Q3 2020 Financial Results conference call will take place in October 29 at 1:30pm PST.
Blizzard Entertainment officially filed to trademark Diablo Immortal in the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and Europe. Update: China, too.
The trademark was filled on September 30 (Global) and October 1 (USA), and it was a few hours ago when it was listed to the public.
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.
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.
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.
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.