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Blizzcon 2009: Will the Diablo II Heroes Return in Diablo III?

We were at the WoW / Diablo III Press-only Q&A on Saturday between 5-6pm asking questions to J. Allen Brack and Jay Wilson.  Room 208a was packed with press members of various fansites.  However, I managed to ask Jay Wilson the following:

In Diablo II, we were able to see the fate of the three heroes of the first Diablo game: the Warrior, the Sorceror and the Rogue.  All went mad and turned to evil.  Will the Diablo II heroes appear in Diablo III?  Will we get to see what their fate was in these past 20 years?

Pretty much the answer was that we will see at least one of the Diablo II heroes in Diablo III.  He didn’t want to comment much on this at this point.  As you know the Barbarian in Diablo III is the same one from Diablo II, 20 years older.  And now we got confirmation of yet another hero making a cameo in Diablo III.  Who do you think this hero will be?

The Necromancer, the Assassin, the Amazon, the Druid, the Paladin, or the Sorceress? Will he be a quest giver or have gone mad or succumbed to evil?  I guess we just opened a pandora’s box that will make us itch in curiosity for time to come.

We are still processing some Diablo III panel videos that DIRECTV didn’t cover.  I am currently uploading 5GB worth of HD Video (5 files) to the IncGamers server of which nigh 50% is done.  Tamer and Rush will edit them, and once they are ready we will post them on the front page.

You will like to hear what Jay Wilson said about Trading in Diablo III.  That was one of the few questions I managed to pitch his way.

Blizzcon 2009 - Blizzplanet at the Pocket Books Booth

I visited the Pocket Books booth on Saturday at 4pm to record on video the book signing session held by Christie Golden.  Jaime Costas and her husband organized a raffle to give away 40 copies of the World of Warcraft: Arthas Collector’s Edition.  The place was crowded with fans that were excited to meet her.

Below are some photos as a sneak peek until I prepare the videos.  Photos explained from left to right … The first photo is Maticus (Worldofwar.net) and J. Allen Brack (WoW Producer Director); second photo is Medievaldragon and J. Allen Brack. The third photo from left to right: Jaime Costas (Pocket Books), Christie Golden, Medievaldragon, Richard A. Knaak and TOKYOPOP Editor-in-Chief Rob Tokar.

   

On this batch, Medievaldragon and Nethaera (WoW Community Manager).  On the second one, with Karune (Starcraft II Community Manager). Third one: Greg Street (Ghostcrawler), Medievaldragon, and on the far right: Patrick Magruder (WoW Lead Gameplay Programmer). Need to double check the developer on light-gray shirt.

 

         

Blizzcon 2009 - The New Kerrigan Queen of Blades is Tricia Helfer

I’m back home.  Blizzcon was a blast. I’m a bit bummed I missed some of the panels I wanted to check, but the IncGamers network needed me to record video of some panels that DirecTV were not covering such as the WoW Class Panel, the WoW / Diablo 3 Press Q&A, and Game Systems Panel.

On the Starcraft II end, Blizzard shocked fans cold revealing that Glynnis Talken is no longer the voice of Kerrigan the Queen of Blades.  The honors go to Battlestar Galactica actress Tricia Helfer who has voiced for Command and Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath, Spiderman: Web of Shadows, and Halo 3:Orbital Drop Shock Trooper.

As a Blizzard fanboy, I haven’t had many grudges over decisions the developer teams have taken over their games in the past seven years.  The Sargeras / Eredar oops, the Draenei spacegoats crashing on Azeroth—I forgive all that, and digest it as new lore even if they are retcons.  The nerf galore on classes, ok—not world shattering. We move on, and adapt.  The Diablo 3 art direction?  Who cares the game is AWESOME.

But … not hiring Glynnis Talken to voice Kerrigan the Queen of Blades?  I’m not happy folks.

Blizzcon 2009 WoW: Cataclysm to change Player’s Stats

I don’t have a in-depth knowledge of this since I missed the panel, but Maticus from Worldofwar.net told me Ghostcrawler revealed Attack power, defense, MP5, and penetration … all of that will be gone from player’s gear stats in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.  Even Hunter’s Intellect will be gone, replaced by a new feature named Focus.

There is probably more changes.  I really have no idea what Blizzard has planned to replace all of those stats with. 

Blizzcon 2009 - Goblin and Worgen Racial Abilities

Finally had a break to play World of Warcraft: Cataclysm at the press room for about an hour.  And got to write down some stuff that might be of interest to you guys:  The racial skills of both the Worgen and the Goblin playable races.

WORGEN

  • Two Forms (Racial)  Instant. Turn into your currently inactive form.  1.5 sec cooldown.

  • Viciousness (Racial passive) Increases all damage done by 1%.
  • Aberration (Racial passive) Reduces the duration of all Curses and Diseases used against you by 15%.
  • Flayer (Racial passive) Skinning skill increased by 15 and allows you to skin faster.
  • Darkfight (racial) instant. 3 min cooldown.  Activates your true form, increasing movement speed by 70% for 10 sec.

The Worgen has the option to be either one of these classes—believe it or not: Warrior, rogue, priest, hunter, death knight, mage, warlock, and druid.\

GOBLINS

  • Pack Hobgoblin (Racial) Instant.  30 min cooldown.  Calls in your personal servant, allowing you bank access for 1 min.

  • Best deals anywhere (Racial): Always receive the best possible gold discount, regardless of faction.
  • Better living through chemistry (Racial) Alchemy skill increased by 15.
  • Rocket Barrage (Racial) 30 yrd range. Instant.  2 min cooldown.  Launches your belt rockets at an enemy dealing 38 fire damage.
  • Rocket Jump (Racial) Instant. 2 min cooldown.  Activates your rocket belt to jump forward.
  • Time is money (Racial) Cash in on a 1% increase to attack and casting speed.

What do you guys think about each race and their racial skills?

Blizzcon 2009 - Starcraft II Fact Sheet

StarCraft II continues the epic saga of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg. These three distinct and powerful races will clash once again in the fast-paced real-time strategy sequel to the legendary original, StarCraft. Legions of veteran, upgraded, and brand-new unit types will do battle across the galaxy, as each faction struggles for survival.

Featuring a unique single-player campaign that picks up where StarCraft: Brood War left off, StarCraft II will present a cast of new heroes and familiar faces in an edgy sci-fi story filled with adventure and intrigue. In addition, Blizzard will again offer unparalleled online play through Battle.net, the company

Blizzcon 2009 - Starcraft II FAQ

What is StarCraft II?

StarCraft II is the ultimate competitive real-time strategy game, and the sequel to the hit original, StarCraft. The game will include three completely distinct and balanced races, the protoss, terran, and zerg, which have been overhauled and re-imagined with a number of new units for each, as well as new tricks for some of the classic units that are returning.

When is the game coming out?

Our release target for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is the first half of 2010. As with all Blizzard Entertainment games, we will take as much time as needed to ensure the game is as fun, balanced, and polished as possible.

When will you begin the beta test for StarCraft II?

We

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