Insight Editions announced Micky Neilson, Joseph Lacroix and Doug Gregory will sign copies of Diablo III: Book of Tyrael at the New York Comic Con this upcoming October 12th. Visit Insight Editions at Booth 1564. I’ll be there to share photos and video with our visitors.
Insight Editions: We’re very excited to announce that Diablo III: Book of Tyrael (Pub. Date: October 29) will be signed at NYCC on Saturday, October 12th at 11:00 a.m. in our booth! Join Doug A. Gregory from art direction, illustrator Joseph Lacroix, and Blizzard lead story developer Micky Neilson.
One of the most exciting and visceral action role-playing games in recent memory, Diablo® has become a worldwide gaming phenomenon. Diablo III: Book of Tyrael takes fans even further into the universe with a detailed and beautifully crafted artifact that focuses on the renowned champion Tyrael.
As a former archangel of the High Heavens, he ranks among the most important and influential characters in the Diablo franchise. Here, in this illustrated and comprehensive tome, he reveals never-before-known secrets about the history of the world, the dark threats that yet face mankind, and his decision to join the ranks of humanity as a mortal.
Featuring stunning original art throughout, this beautifully illustrated follow-up to Diablo III: Book of Cain will also feature letters from Leah and additional fragments of Cain’s writings, all curated by Tyrael as he weaves together a complex and fascinating story for the members of the Horadrim.
Diablo III: Book of Tyrael also features a fully removable illustration of the Leoric family and other influential characters from Old Tristram, including Deckard Cain, Prince Albrecht, Archbishop Lazarus, King Leoric, Prince Aidan, Queen Asylla, Leah, and Adria. This reversible image demonstrates their normal appearances on one side, along with a representation of their dark fates on the other.
New York Times bestselling author Nate Kenyon released a newsletter to announce his latest non-Blizzard related novel titled “DAY ONE“, and mentioned he just finished writing Diablo III: Storm of Light.
The High Heavens are healing after the fall of the Prime Evil. The Angiris Council has recovered the Black Soulstone and now stands vigil over the cursed artifact deep within the glimmering Silver City.
Amid these momentous events, Tyrael struggles with his position as the new Aspect of Wisdom, feeling out of place as a mortal among his angelic brethren and doubting his ability to fully embody his role. As he searches within himself and the Heavens for reassurance, he senses the Black Soulstone’s grim influence on his home. Where harmony of light and sound once reigned, a mounting discord is threatening to shroud the realm in darkness. Imperius and the other archangels vehemently oppose moving or destroying the crystal, leading Tyrael to put Heaven’s fate in the hands of humankind…
Drawing powerful humans to his side from the far ends of Sanctuary, Tyrael reforges the ancient Horadrim and charges the order with an impossible task: to steal the soulstone from the heart of Heaven. Among the champions entrusted with this burden are Jacob of Staalbreak, former avatar of Justice and guardian of the angelic blade El’druin; Shanar, a wizard with phenomenal powers; Mikulov, a lithe and reverent monk; Gynvir, a fearless and battle-hardened barbarian; and Zayl, a mysterious necromancer. With time and the forces of both good and evil against them, can these heroes unite as one and complete their perilous mission before the Heavens fall to ruin?
Diablo: Sword of Justice is a story about Jacob of Staalbreak a child that became the avatar of Justice in Sanctuary when he donned Tyrael’s sword. At least three characters from this graphic novel are confirmed to reappear in the upcoming Diablo III: Storm of Light by Nate Kenyon.
Josh Mosqueira (Game Director) and John Hight (Production Director) appeared on video to announce the Auction House and Real Money Auction House will be shutdown on March 18, 2014.
Team 3 wants to preserve the integrity of Diablo III which is to kill monsters and to be rewarded in-game with the best items.
This was something that could be seen coming considering the PlayStation 3 version lacks an Auction House and when Diablo III: Reaper of Souls was announced at GamesCom — Loot 2.0 gave a glimpse of things to come.
There are many questions about this decision no doubt. Will there be a way to trade items Diablo II style or else?
Will the third-party market thrive or will Blizzard implement ways to prevent it?
During the video, John Hight says a cryptic message: “We’ll be giving you more information down the road, but for now we want you to know that both the real money auction house and the gold auction house will be shut down on March 18, 2014. That should give you plenty of time to settle your affairs and be ready to play Diablo III without the Auction House.”
If we decompile that sentence, it is hiding something. It implies something. How can you be ready to play Diablo III without the Auction House if the Auction House is still operational until that date? Does that make any sense?
The way I read it is … that very soon Blizzard Entertainment will deploy a patch with Loot 2.0, and other systems while keeping the Auction House operational until March 18 — so that players get used to not using the Auction House because they will be getting even better rewards with Loot 2.0.
That’s what makes sense to me in that sentence. During our GamesCom 2013 interview with Josh Mosqueira and Kevin Martens — they revealed these systems will be released in a patch for free for the core Diablo III game, before Reaper of Souls goes live.
We already know that you are going to patch Loot 2.0 before the expansion gets released. Are you considering to add any other features like the Paragon 2.0, and such before the expansion is ready?
Josh: Yea, we are considering all of the features, and tinker out which is more appropriate. Anything that is broadly systemic like that tends to be added in the game anyway. There is no reason for us not to give it up free. Probably a lot of more stuff will be free before the expansion goes live.
To add more depth to my speculation, just a couple of weeks ago, Josh Mosqueira teased in Twitter the following:
Josh: Release day!!! Welcome to Hell console players… stay a while and button mash. Fret not PC loyalists, lots of surprises inbound… soon.
I don’t know about you, but conspiracy theories should be popping everywhere. According to John Hight you will have time to settle your affairs and be ready to play Diablo III without the Auction House. And two weeks ago Josh mentions lots of surprises for PC players soon. To me this sounds like Loot 2.0 is going live very soon. Likely shortly after BlizzCon (November 8-9).
That would give players a taste of the new systems, and feel less compelled to use the Auction House which might have a slow death until March 18th.
What do you think? Will Loot 2.0 be with us long before March 18th? Do you welcome the removal of the AH?
Yesterday, Wednesday, September 11th, Blizzard Entertainment Latin America held a special Diablo III (PS3) Launch Event in Mexico City, and of course, BlizzPlanet Latino (es.blizzplanet.com) was there. This article was written originally in spanish and it can be read here — in our es.Blizzplanet Latin America site.