Ok, my experimental blogging/speculation venture didn’t go so well. So I will stick to my fort
Bashiok has delivered good hints on when to expect the upcoming Diablo II patch 1.13 and something else you would love to participate in. There is no release date, but he confirmed players will be able to test patch 1.13 to offer feedback on all the features and to report bugs—which means the final patch release will be more much clean and stable thanks to players participating in the Public Test Realm. We do get a hint of when patch 1.13 will go live. Blizzard will announce a Diablo II ladder reset two weeks in advance, which heralds the release of the patch on live realms.
|Bashiok: So yeah, we’re still working on the patch. It’s coming along really well. We’re getting there. I can’t give an estimate or date, we’re expecting there to be a good amount of testing required due to the types of changes being made. We want to take our time and put out a solid patch, and that means we don’t have a release date right now.
Some exciting news – and it also may be some comfort – due to the types of changes we’re making we will be offering the Diablo II 1.13 patch for testing and feedback on a test realm before its release. We’ll have more information about how you’ll be able to help test it in the coming weeks.
Blizzard has announced the winners of the recent Blizzard Theme Park Contest. The lucky winners will get some cool swag for reward. Take a look:
Best Overall Blizzard Theme Park
Recently, Blizzard Entertainment added two job openings under the category titled Unannounced. I wrote an article about it a few days ago. We have now a few interesting bits concerning these job openings for a unannounced game.
Update: March 24—The job openings mentioned in this newspost is indeed a brand-new game that has not been mentioned before.
1. This brand-new game is not a World of Warcraft expansion, and it is not related to the Next-Gen MMO.
2. In the present, the brand-new game is using the World of Warcraft engine merely for testing purposes.
3. The Client Software Engineer job opening is to hire the person that will have the responsibility to develop an engine from scratch for this game. This new engine will be built depending on the skill and interest of the person hired for this position.
Whether this game is based on the three major franchises (Warcraft, Starcraft or Diablo) or a new IP, that remains unknown.
We encourage our readers who have the skills and fill the requirements for this job to step forward and submit a resume and code samples to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starcraft 2 is closer than ever my brothers … BATTLENET 2.0 HAS BEEN LAUNCHED. IT IS OFFICIAL. You can now sign up to create a battle.net 2.0 account. Enter a good standing email address—probably non-gmail nor one that has given you issues before with beta signups. Then you will receive an email verification to your inbox. Accept it by clicking the link emailed to you.
Once done, you have the option to merge your World of Warcraft account to the Battle.net 2.0 service. This merge cannot be reverted. Once you have merged your world of warcraft account, your old username and password are void. You will login into your World of Warcraft account and login into the game using your Battle.net 2.0 account login.
This is something to be EXCITED about guys. Starcraft II beta is upon us any minute. And that means Blizzplanet will giveaway some beta keys away courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment very soon. Stay tuned for any contests or giveaways.
I have finally read once more my copy of Diablo: Demonsbane. Everyone that knows me, knows that I go all nerdy with lore, and compile in-game lore as well as official Blizzard novels lore. I humbly wrote down a few notes of the most relevant lore in this book written by Robert B. Marks. He is better known by many as Garwulf— of Garwulf’s Corner fame.
Diablo: Demonsbane was the first book in the Diablo series in the shape of a novella, when the era of eBooks had just taken off back in 2000. Although, it didn’t get past the hundreds of sales, due to the early phase of eBooks booming, it was a very good story based in the Diablo universe. It is not known if it is considered canon at this point. Blizzard Entertainment has been silent about Diablo lore dodging our lore inquiries and possible future Diablo novels.
If this ends up being canon, it would certainly make many fans happy if they find any piece of lore about Siggard and Sarnakyle the vizjerei in the tomes of lore (sound clips) found throughout the lands of the world of Sanctuary in the upcoming Diablo III game. The timeframe of the story might conflict in some areas of the lore and might get retconned if the story is considered canon. It happened two years after the death of Bartuc the Warlord of Blood, during the Sin War.
Strangely, Diablo: The Sin War Trilogy didn’t even mention Bartuc, nor Siggard. Only time will tell. For now, we invite you to read our summary of Diablo: Demonsbane.
If you wish to buy this story—which ranges around 75 pages—it can be found in printed media within the Diablo Archive at any online bookstore or local bookstore. It collects four of the novels based in the world of Diablo. Feel free to contribute to the diablowiki.net
Video Games Live played various music pieces from Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft games at the end of Blizzcon 2008, last year. It is very probable they might do so again this upcoming August at Blizzcon 2009.
Video Games Live will have a few concerts throughout the month of March. So if you love video games music played by a live symphony orchestra, and live in Kitchener, Ontario; Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Austin, Texas—then check out the schedule and where to get the tickets.
AT&T renewed their hosting agreement with Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. for online games over Battle.net and World of Warcraft servers. A press release is available.
Bashiok invites all Diablo II players to share their ideas. It is probably the first time the Diablo II community has the opportunity to become involved in the development of a patch with plenty of heads up. What changes or features do you wish to see in patch 1.13 ?