BlizzCon 2013 – Warcraft Movie Presentation and No StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft Film, World of Warcraft News

Blizzard Entertainment just posted the entire BlizzCon 2013 Schedule which reveals Duncan Jones will be a panelist along with Chris Metzen and Rob Pardo to discuss details of the upcoming Warcraft Film by Legendary Pictures, Atlas Entertainment and NBCUniversal.


Warcraft Movie Presentation

Main Stage
Saturday November 8 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Please join the Warcraft movie director, Duncan Jones, along with key Blizzard developers as they discuss the thrilling collaborative process of translating Azeroth’s game world to the big screen.

Panel includes: Duncan Jones (Director), Chris Metzen (Senior Vice President of Story and Franchise Development) and Rob pardo (Chief Creative Officer)

 

The BlizzCon 2013 Floor Map shows all the playable video games: Hearthstone, Diablo III (PS4), World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. The big absent stage is StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void.

On Friday, November 8 — Blizzard will likely announce the new World of Warcraft expansion through the panel titled “World of Warcraft: The Adventure Continues” scheduled at 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM PST.

Blizzard Entertainment Officially Renames Blizzard All-Stars to Heroes of the Storm

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Diablo 3 News, Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Danny Perschonok (Naka) informed me Blizzard Entertainment has launched the new Heroes of the Storm website with a video by CarBot Animations. Blizzard Entertainment has renamed Blizzard All-Stars to “Heroes of the Storm”.

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Yep, we’ve changed it again.

Set aside whatever you think you knew about Blizzard All-Stars, and get ready for what’s brewing at this year’s BlizzCon (Nov. 8-9, 2013).

Many thanks to Jon Burton of Carbot Animations for his work. You can find much more of Jon’s talented craft over at his YouTube channel here

 

A few days ago, when the trademark “Heroes of the Storm” appeared in the United States Patents & Trademarks website, I posted an article listing all the possible uses for this trademark. One of them was a possible rename of Blizzard All-Stars as pointed out by a fan.

Activision Blizzard to Release Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results on November 6, 2013

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Diablo 3 News, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Activision Blizzard announced they will broadcast the Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results after the close of the market on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. Coincidence? BlizzCon 2013 takes place on November 8-9. Will Mike Morhaime have a few spoilers to share?

Personally, that would be a great move considering some people might want to watch the BlizzCon DirecTV or Livestream. Not all these conferences yield juicy announcements, but some have proven to provide approximate launch dates for beta testing.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
1:30 p.m. Pacific Time ( 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time )

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ex-Blizzard Dev Auctions Original StarCraft II Art, Kerrigan Bust and Goodies

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

An ex-Blizzard Entertainment developer reached me out to tip me about the sale of several StarCraft II goodies acquired as employee-exclusive gifts. I was able to confirm the identity as the name appears in the StarCraft II credits.

Some of these items are rare, and some are commonly found on eBay. Most of these can be acquired directly by texting the ex-developer by phone. The employee-exclusive goodies will be placed on eBay in a few days (I’ll update once the ex-developer provides the links).

In the meantime, here is a sneak peek into some of the items currently available for sale.

Dethling

The Dethling was a BlizzCon 2010 Exclusive item included in the Swag bag given to the event attendees. The ex-developer has two available for $60 each.

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BlizzCon 2010|2011 Pet Cards

These are BlizzCon 2010 and 2011 exclusive pet cards which contain a scratch redeem code which enables a Battle.net account to obtain a Deathy (a murloc with a jaw and features of Deathwing) and Grunty (World of Warcraft space marine companion pet) — there are two cards on sale each for $85; and another two cards with the Murkablo (World of Warcraft companion pet) and the Panda Space Marine (StarCraft II avatar). I’m not certain if these will be on sale or if they will be placed in the upcoming auction instead. Text just in case.

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Circle of Honor Limited Edition Stein

This stein is given exclusively to employees. This one seems to be given to those who have worked at Blizzard for two years. It is sealed in its box (unopened). On sale for $250.

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Diablo III Collector’s Edition

There are two factory-sealed copies on sale for $150. The Collector’s Edition includes the Fetish Shaman (World of Warcraft companion pet), the Tyrael wings (Diablo III character cosmetic wings); and three exclusive StarCraft II avatars (Diablo III-themed). It also contains the Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction inside a USB-flash drive shaped like the soulstone which can be inserted in a Diablo skull souvenir, the Behind-the-Scenes DVD, Soundtrack DVD, and other goodies.

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Kwurky Green Egg Murloc Plush

This is a rare Blizzcon 2009 exclusive plush toy. There is one available for $120.

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StarCraft II Chips

While there are some of these showing up on eBay from time to time, the one the ex-developer is selling is the Employee-Exclusive version, and thus a rare item. This below is the complete Blizzard chip set + the full set of the StarCraft II chips. On sale for $200.

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StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Collector’s Edition

The factory-sealed StarCraft II Collector’s Edition includes the Mini Thor (World of Warcraft companion pet), three StarCraft II exclusive avatars, an exclusive-version of the Thor unit within StarCraft II, a DC Comics StarCraft comics # 0, the Art of StarCraft II book, the Behind-the-Scenes DVD, Soundtrack and other goodies. On sale for $250.

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Additional Goodies

Not all items have images, but these can be purchased directly without eBay listing by contacting the ex-employee directly.

  • How about a sealed Employee staff-exclusive shirt (Size: Large)? Only $50.

  • Employee platform services button up 2012 shirt (sealed) – $120

  • One-year Subscription World of Warcraft cards x3 for only $75 each. Buying these directly on Battle.net would cost about $84.86 (with Tax included). You save about $9.86 (depending what U.S. State you live at. Tax Example provided: New York)

Upcoming eBay Auction

I’ll update fans in the front page and at the Blizzplanet Facebook and Twitter pages when these become available on eBay. If you don’t follow Blizzplanet social network pages do so now. I was told these will be uploaded soon. These are for the hardcore fans out there with the passion to collect extremely rare Blizzard employee-exclusive memorabilia.

The Thor and Vulture original artwork was painted by artist Jack Luke Mancini. The auction will start with $300 for this limited exclusive piece.

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The StarCraft II Kerrigan Queen of Blades original artwork was used as the front cover of the Starcraft: Queen of Blades by Aaron Rosenberg. This 22″ x 42″ original artwork by Glenn Rane will be in auction starting at $12,000.

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This one of a kind original Brian Huang Starcraft II Concept Art Hydralisk will be in auction for $2,200.

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Sideshow Collectibles only made 5100 copies of the Kerrigan Queen of Blades Bust Statue. So far there have been only four of these statues showing up on eBay by ex-employees and sold for about $900. This one is sealed in its box and it will be auctioned for $750.

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Stay tuned to Blizzplanet to find out when these last four items hit eBay. All other items mentioned are available directly with the ex-employee (no-eBay) by texting (310) 801-7802.

The ex-employee is willing to show photos of pay stubs and the employee plaque for verification and authenticity purposes. Prices are also negotiable.

New York Comic Con 2013 Coverage – Book Signing Videos and Photos

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzplanet Interviews, Diablo 3 News, Interviews, New York Comic Con 2013, World of Warcraft News

I arrived to the New York Comic Con in Manhattan about 10:45am before the scheduled book signing at the Insight Editions booth (#1564). The place was packed with thousands of fans and I wasn’t even inside the Javits Center yet. I bypassed most of the horde of people outside the building by walking along the street to the farthest entry point (which is closer to the Exhibition Hall). Still took me about 15 minutes to get inside just to enter into yet another traffic jam of people walking the aisles. Not so easy with a Rollator Walker.

Insight Editions Booth # 1564

I got to meet Joseph Lacroix (DC Comics Diablo: Sword of Justice artist) and Doug Alexander (Senior Art Editor in Creative Development at Blizzard Entertainment) at the Insight Editions booth and both signed my copy of Diablo III: Book of Tyrael. I was delighted. It was so cool when I wrote Blizzplanet.com on the book and showed it to Joseph. He went like: “Ohh! Blizzplanet!” He explained Doug about the fansite.

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I informed him that Arthur “Handclaw” Lorenz recently interviewed him at GamesCom 2013 on behalf of Blizzplanet, and he remembered him. It was awesome to meet these guys and handshake.

Insight Editions marketing director Mark Anderson and sales & marketing manager Chris Parnell will ship a few Blizzard licensed products to me in upcoming days to giveaway here at Blizzplanet. So keep an eye for these announcements on the front page and the Blizzplanet social networks. It might be a few Diablo III: Book of Tyrael and/or the World of Warcraft® Alliance Hardcover Ruled Journal and World of Warcraft Horde Journal.

Simon & Schuster, Inc. Booth # 1828

The Simon & Schuster booth had Blizzard lead publishing and New York Times best selling author Micky Neilson as a guest to sign books for Blizzard Entertainment fans. Simon & Schuster gave away 50 copies of World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde and 50 copies of Diablo III: The Order for free to those who came to the book signing event.

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There was a long line of fans waiting to get their books signed. The line went all around the corner.

I talked briefly with Micky Neilson at the end of the book signing. I asked him whether someone would step forward to take the role of the avatar of Justice now that Tyrael answered the call of the Crystal Arch to take the mantle of Wisdom.

Whoa? Tyrael “answered the call”? Yea — read the Diablo III: Book of Tyrael. That wasn’t something specified in-game.

Whether someone would answer the call to fill the shoes of the avatar of Justice in the future or not is unknown. It is something that has been discussed internally, but they haven’t yet come to a decision. I argued there is still Justice to be met with Adria betraying Tyrael, Leah and all of mankind. Of course, what Malthael is orchestrating demands justice too.

On another note, there is a Diablo short story or novella in progress to be released somewhere around 2014. It is based on a character mentioned in the “Figures of Interest” section of Diablo III: Book of Tyrael.

The character is named Morbed (a former thief) who roams the lands of Sanctuary helping adventurers. The description in the book is open to interpretation. Maybe players might find him in the Reaper of Souls expansion. Don’t take my word on that.

The video below shows the book signing by Micky Neilson — HD1080 available. Let the playlist run to load both videos. The sound is a bit chaotic. I cleaned a bit of it, but you can still hear it. There was a nearby booth with really amped-up music in the background on top of the thousands of people talking in the distance.

Blizzplanet Review – Diablo III: Book of Tyrael

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Product Reviews, Blizzard Products News, Blizzplanet Reviews, Diablo 3 News

diablo-iii-book-of-tyrael-cover-full-sizeThe Diablo III: Book of Tyrael is now on sale at the New York Comic Con (booth #1564) and local bookstores. I grabbed my copy from the Insight Editions booth at the New York Comic Con for $28.

Diablo III: Book of Tyrael was written by Matt Burns (Associate Publishing Developer, Blizzard Entertainment).

Book Materials

In terms of printing materials, this book has the typical Blizzard-quality standards and what you would expect from an Insight Editions book. It’s awesome. The front cover’s Sword and ornaments artwork is embossed — giving you that special visual and tactile feeling. The lower part of the book is wrapped by a cover jacket.

Now I think this book kind of went a few notches up in terms of detail in comparison with Book of Cain and other similar Blizzard licensed products. If you take a look at the outer side of the pages which run along the width of the book in Book of Cain — you will notice the pages’ border were truncated to mimic ancient scrolls. Diablo III: Book of Tyrael lacks this, but instead the pages’ border is painted in gold. It’s crazy. You can even see the light reflect off the golden surface. The photo doesn’t even catch half of how it really looks like.

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In the interior of the book, all pages have this wash-out material that gives you a feeling this is an old manuscript. It’s rare to find a page that has no artwork.

Finally, at the back of the book is some sort of envelope glued to the cardboard. The center has a seal one can detach to open the envelope. Within is “The Red Tree of Khanduras” listing Deckard Cain, Archbishop Lazarus, Prince Albrecht, King Leoric, Queen Asylla, Prince Aidan, Leah and Adria.

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When you unfold the poster it is kinda huge. It has an artwork of a big tree. The roots seem to entangle The Black Soulstone. The branches have images of all the characters mentioned above concerning “The Red Tree of Khanduras”.

On the other side of the poster, it shows the same characters in their final fate: Queen Asylla decapitated, Leah as Diablo the Prime Evil, Aidan as the Dark Wanderer, King Leoric as the Skeleton King, Adria holding the Black Soulstone, Albrecht as Diablo, Lazarus and Cain death.

Review

Diablo III: Book of Tyrael is written from the point of view of Tyrael. However, Tyrael attached writings from Deckard Cain’s Journal and Leah’s Journal to pass the wisdom down to his new Horadrim, and future generations. It is not written as a novel, but more as a compendium of notes.

There is no index page or content list. The entirety of the book is a roleplay from the point of view of the Diablo III characters. An exception is the credits page.

Diablo III fans should definitely get their hands on this book. There are many elements from the upcoming Diablo III: Reaper of Souls expansion; and probably the expansion after that.

I have never seen such an extensive collection of lore about Adria the Witch. Adria’s past prior to her arrival to Tristram is written by Leah, and her story after arriving to Tristram is from Deckard Cain’s notes. Tyrael got Leah’s notes from Bastion’s Keep.

Some of the lore comes from Diablo III: The Order by Nate Kenyon.

Tyrael shares his experience as mortal in his charge as the new Wisdom. Charge that’s short-lived as Imperius doesn’t acknowledge him and ignores his warnings about the Black Soulstone.

Tyrael is confused with all the raw emotions coursing through his mortal body. Fear to fail his duty as Wisdom. Emotional insecurities assaulting him.

The book reveals why Tyrael decided to steal the Black Soulstone from the Angiris Council, and why Westmarch as its burial ground. The story of Adria the Witch, the Founding and Ruin of Westmarch, and lore about the Crusaders can be found in the book, too. Take this book as a prelude to Diablo III: Reaper of Souls; and as a primer for the upcoming novel Diablo III: Storm of Light by Nate Kenyon which hits bookstores on February 2014.

Content List

There is no index/contet list, so I’ll simply list the sections found throughout Book of Tyrael:

Introduction – This is a letter from Tyrael to the New Horadrim.

Part One: Adria

The Witch of Tristram
Adria’s Origins
Adria’s Quest
Zoltun Kulle and the Black Soulstone
Conclusions

 

Part Two: The Fate of the Black Soulstone

Being Mortal
The Dissonance of the Angiris Council
Wisdom
The New Horadrim
Rakkis and the Founding of Westmarch – Prelude to Conquest
Campaigns Against Ivgorod and the Barbarians
The Creation of Westmarch
The Lost Ruins of Westmarch
Crusaders

 

Part Three: Miscellanea

A Timeline of Sanctuary

  • Pre-History – (Inarius)
  • Recorded History

Factions of Sanctuary

  • Amazons
  • Assassins
  • Barbarian Tribes
  • Council of Elders
  • The Coven
  • Crusaders
  • Druids
  • The Edyrem
  • Horadrim
  • Iron Wolves
  • Mage Clans
  • Necromancers
  • Paladins
  • Patriarchs (Ivgorod)
  • Rogues
  • Skatsim
  • Templar
  • The Temple of the Triune
  • The Thieves Guild
  • Trade Consortium
  • Zakarum

Figures of Interest — this is a long section with brief descriptions of several humans, demons and angels throughout history. Some only mentioned in the novels and the comic book.

 

Artists

Some of the artists behind all the artwork in Diablo III: Book of Tyrael were the same from Book of Cain, while others seem to be new.

  • The Black Frog
  • Nicolas Delort
  • ENrang
  • Riccardo Federici
  • Gino
  • John Howe
  • Joseph Lacroix
  • Iain McCaig
  • Jon McConnell
  • Petar Meseldzija
  • Jean-Baptiste Monje
  • Glenn Rane (Cover)
  • Ruan Jia
  • Dan Hee Ryu
  • Adrian Smith
  • Yang Qi
  • Bin Zhang
  • Zhang Lu

Credits

BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT

Matt Burns (Writer)
Doug Alexander (Creative Direction, Layout and Design)
Chris Metzen, Micky Neilson, and Brian Kindreagan (Additional Story Development)
Victor Lee (Additional Art)
Josh Horst, Kyle Williams, Skye Chandler (Producers)
Cate Gary (Editor)
Justin Parker (Lore)
Jerry Chu (Licensing)

Special thanks to: Christian Lichtner, John Polidora, David Lomeli, Benjamin Zhang, Peter C. Lee, Leonard Boyarsky, Michael Chu, Valerie Watrous, Evelyn Fredericksen, Sean Copeland, Leanne Huynh, Audrey Vicenzi, and Joseph Lacroix.

INSIGHT EDITIONS

Raoul Goff (Publisher)
Chrissy Kwasnik (Art Director)
Vanessa Lopez (Executive Editor)
Anna Wan (Production Manager)
Elaine Ou (Editorial Assistant)

SPOILERS

The Coven is actually a remnant of what was once known as the Triune (the ancient religion seen in Diablo: The Sin War trilogy)

Adria was born in Kingsport — curiously, the southern port of Westmarch — where Reaper of Souls takes place.

Adria’s father was Sevrin — a powerful merchant in Kingsport, who strangled his wife in a fit of rage.

Adria possibly killed her own father some time later when an unusual fire burned their home. She fled north to the Westmarch capital. Joined a group of witches. Turns out Adria and Maghda met there in their youth. Years later, both witches joined the Coven and took control of the group after killing its leaders.

Adria later departed the Coven after a schism with her partner — around the time of the Darknening of Tristram.

On one of Cain’s notes, he acknowledges after taking Leah as child with him, he began to research about Adria. He decided to keep what he learned a secret, and hid the truth to Leah.

I’m surprised this book has a long timeline similar to Warcraft’s. Also most of these Leah’s notes dating Diablo III (Caldeum and Bastion Keep) are written in 1285 Anno Kehjistani. Some notes are denoted as “1st day of (what seems like a month)”. Examples: Ratham, Kathon, Ostara.

Short descriptions of each important human, angel and demon throughout history (alive and deceased).

Zoltun Kulle was from the Ennead mage clan — group which delved into transmutation and enchantment magics.

The Black Soulstone was a profane simulacrum of the three soulstones Tyrael gave the Horadrim years ago.

Now we have another name of the first Horadrim group: Jered Cain, Tal Rasha, Zoltun Kulle and Iben Fahd. The latter was among the few survivors who attempted to defeat Zoltun in his lair.

The first part was Adria and Zoltun Kulle. The third part is from the point of view of Tyrael. He expresses how he feels as a human. How he felt as an Angel and how he viewed the flaws of the Angiris Council.

“I deliberately took on the form of a mortal, sacrificing my angelic essence, in response to the Council’s continued inaction. In doing so, I hoped to set an example to the Heavens — to prove that laws can be bent for a greater good.”

Tyrael left the Heavens after Diablo the Prime Evil was defeated. He couldn’t bear the angels’ judgment — who blamed him for the countless deaths of angels. I think this is the first time we ever hear how angels are born. Tyrael mentions before he left back to Sanctuary he witnessed the Lightsong — the creation of new angels. The angels tune their essences into the Crystal Arch in synch. The harmony of this “sound” and “light” creates new angels.

New York Comic Con 2013 – Blizzard Entertainment Book Signing Schedule

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, New York Comic Con 2013, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Blizzard Entertainment won’t have a Publishing Panel this year, but there’s still a significant presence at the New York Comic Con.

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Thursday, October 10

  • There will be a giveaway of 50 copies of Starcraft II: Flashpoint by Christie Golden and 150 World of Warcraft bookmarks at the Simon & Schuster booth #1828

Saturday, October 12

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Take a look at the Floor Plan I edited to mark the booths.

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Blizzard Careers – Audio Producer

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Careers, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Blizzard Entertainment Recruiter Val Maun (@Azuriel) has been searching for an Audio Producer for several weeks. If any Blizzplanet visitor is looking for a job in this field, or if you know a friend/family or a friend-of-a-friend who is — do some networking to pass the word. Submit a resume here.

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Blizzard Entertainment’s audio team is seeking an experienced producer to support voice over (VO) and casting production for all of our franchises.  In this role you are charged with continuously improving the quality of our VO and its pipeline in both a local and global aspect.  Your primary responsibility will be managing the VO and casting schedule for all of Blizzard’s IPs.  This includes planning and coordinating all VO and casting and ADR requests, as well as writing contract requests, interacting with talent and supporting all needs of the VO and casting director.  Superior organizational and communication skills are a must as you’ll be collaborating with multiple development and support teams throughout the company (e.g., cinematics, PR, web, creative development, community, all our game teams, etc.).

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the casting and voice over director and the audio production team to create and maintain project schedules.
  • Help refine the voice over development pipeline to increase production efficiency and quality.
  • Communicate status of voice over content, assets, tools, and features to audio production director and all franchise production directors regularly.
  • Supply monthly status updates to audio production director and all franchise production directors.
  • Coordinate efforts with internal group including cinematics, PR, web, creative development, community, and game teams.
  • Coordinate choir sessions, managing casting for internal modeling needs, and organizing any talent or union related negotiations.

Requirements

  • A minimum of 3 years’ product development experience on AAA titles
  • Able to accurately and efficiently manage a large volume of audio tasks
  • Able to coordinate with a large number of external contractors including studio resources and actors
  • Comfortable dealing with a large amount of legal contracts and talent paperwork
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills
  • Self-motivated with an ability to work under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Willing and able to travel as needed on short notice
  • Able to work independently, and / or within a team
  • Computer literate and familiar with MS Office products
  • Passion for video games

Pluses

  • Good knowledge of voice over and casting pipeline in video games
  • Knowledge of standard and practices relating to union titled video games
  • Knowledge of Blizzard and its games
  • Working knowledge of employing external audio vendors, such as recording studios and payroll companies
  • Working knowledge of audio tools and programs, such as Pro Tools
  • Working knowledge of audio, graphic, and movie file types and applications

 

Jinx Critical Hits Sale & Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft T-shirts

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Jinx added some Blizzard licensed products to the CRITICAL HIT sale with 25% off the regular price. The items will be replaced next week, so grab them right away while supplies last.

CRITICAL HIT Sale

$9.99 Tees

A selection of all jinx t-shirts for $9.99 — among this batch are several Blizzard Licensed Products. I see some favorites there.

$14.99 Tees

This week I see several Diablo III T-shirts, one Horde T-shirt and two StarCraft II t-shirts for $14.99

BlizzCon 2013 Virtual Goodies

Written by Andy Go on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, Blizzard Products News, BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2013, BlizzPlanet Articles, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

BlizzCon goodies incoming! Not attending? Snag these in-game bonuses with a Virtual Ticket! Don’t forget to buy your tickets here: http://us.battle.net/blizzcon/en/virtual-ticket/#goodies

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World of Warcraft Pet: Murkalot
StarCraft II Portrait & Decal: Tearin’ Stitches & Stitches’ Hook
Diablo III Banner: Mark of Death
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Card: Mystery Minion

For people wondering who Stitches is.. He is from Blizzard All-Stars.. Looks like Blizzard’s MOBA will be releasing soon.

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Funko POP Vinyl Figures – StarCraft II World of Warcraft Diablo III Pre-Orders

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Funko released images of the painted version of the Funko POP! Vinyl figures based on StarCraft II, World of Warcraft and Diablo III. Follow the links to pre-order your copies. When I saw these my first impression was how much the painting stands out in comparison with other POP! Vinyl figures out there based on other franchises. They are gorgeous!!!

They are definitely made with the quality you might expect from a Blizzard Entertainment licensed product. Grab them all while you can. These measure 3 3/4-inches tall.

The Diablo III Tyrael & Diablo figures and the World of Warcraft Arthas figure will ship on November 2013. The Illidan figure ships on December 2013, and the StarCraft II Kerrigan and Jim Raynor figures are slated for February 2014.

Blizzard Games T-shirts Clearance – October 2013

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Jinx alerts there are four popular Blizzard Licensed T-Shirts that are almost out of stock. Only a few T-shirt sizes remain in their inventory. Find out if yours is available still.

The “Flaming Hot” World of Warcraft Deathwing Premium T-Shirt costs only $9.99. There are only two sizes available: Small & 2XL.

The World of Warcraft Deathwing Rune T-shirt costs $12.50. Available sizes: Small & XL.

The Diablo III Skeleton King T-shirt costs $9.99. The available sizes: Small

The StarCraft II Random Race Premium T-shirt costs $14.99. The available sizes: Small, Large, XL & 2XL.

Click the images to visit the landing page to order yours.

All the collection of T-shirts of each of the Blizzard game franchises may be accessed here:

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Blizzard Employee-Exclusive Diablo III Treasure Goblin Statue on eBay

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News

A Blizzard-employee exclusive Diablo III Treasure Goblin statue has made its way into eBay. The seller listed several photos. One of them shows this piece is the number 350 out of 4200 copies made.

Update: Found a second Diablo III Treasure Goblin statue with a “Buy Now” option of $229. These seem to be popping kinda often out of the woods.

      Individually numbered out of 4,200 made. Sample pic of bottom pulled from images. This item is sealed and never been opened. Box in MINT condition!

      Statue is made of SOLID METAL with the highest of detail

      Christmas Gift for Blizzard Staff – Diablo III Treasure Goblin Statue

      Nick Carpenter, the Art and vice president of Blizzard Entertainment tell us that all the staff in the company would get special gift for Christmas, Diablo III Treasure Goblin Statue. This item is ONLY available and given out the Blizzard employees over the 2012 Holiday Season.

      The statue was sculpt by former McFarlane Toys sculptor Brian Fay (currently Blizzard Entertainment Sculpting Lead), and sculptor/owner of Claymator Studios. Brian Fay recently sculpts the Sideshow Collectibles World of Warcraft Arthas Statue.

      The statue comes with 2 different heads you can use–traditional goblin and a goblin wearing a santa hat. It is approx 10″ tall and is made of metal.

Nate Kenyon Signing at Pandemonium Books in Boston – October 2

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News

Nate Kenyon invites Diablo III and StarCraft II fans to come to Pandemonium Books in Boston on October 2 at 7:00 p.m. Bring your copies of StarCraft: Ghost–Spectres and Diablo III: The Order and greet-and-meet the author. Reach him on twitter in advance at @NateKenyon

Nate Kenyon is coming to Pandemonium Books to read a few pages and to sign his latest thriller: Day One: A Novel.

The Pandemonium Books store is found at:

Pandemonium Books (MAP)
4 Pleasant St
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
United States

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New York Comic Con 2013 – Diablo III: Book of Tyrael Book Signing Schedule

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, New York Comic Con 2013

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.

diablo-iii-book-of-tyrael-cover-full-sizeInsight 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.

 

Nate Kenyon Finished the Diablo III: Storm of Light Novel

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News

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.

Nate Kenyon posted a video explaining his latest novel DAY ONE. While it is not Blizzard related, it gives you an idea of the level of story-telling he’s capable of, and why you shouldn’t miss Diablo III: The Order, StarCraft: Ghost–Spectres and the upcoming Diablo III: Storm of Light.

Diablo III: Storm of Light by Nate Kenyon – Pre-orders Open

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News

The Diablo III: Storm of Light pre-order page has opened.

You may learn more details of this novel here.

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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?

 

GamesCom 2013 – Joseph Lacroix interview – Diablo III: Book of Tyrael

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Blizzplanet Interviews, Diablo 3 News, GamesCom 2013, Interviews

During his attendance to GamesCom 2013 representing Blizzplanet, Arthur Lorenz “Handclaw” interviewed french artist Joseph Lacroix to ask questions about the DC Comics Diablo: Sword of Justice and the upcoming Diablo III: Book of Tyrael.

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.

Diablo III: Book of Tyrael is the sequel to Diablo III: Book of Cain. To learn more about Diablo III: Book of Tyrael watch our SDCC Blizzard Publishing Panel videos.

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The View Whoopi Goldberg Plays Diablo III

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Diablo 3 News

Josh Mosqueira tweeted a link to a video of “The View” TV show where the hosts discuss the violence in video games such as GTA V where teens can roleplay as criminals shooting cops and hookers.

Whoopi Goldberg comes out and says that’s why she prefers to play Diablo III because all she kills is demons and monsters.

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Diablo III (PC) Auction House Removal Announced

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Diablo 3 News

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?

The removal of the Auction House and Loot 2.0 will definitely change and redefine the Diablo III experience for many players. Check out our GamesCom 2013 Diablo III: Reaper of Souls panel videos.

Speculation

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?

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Blizzplanet – Diablo III (PS3) Launch Event in México City

Written by ARQfred on . Posted in Diablo 3 News

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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.

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Bring BlizzCon to You with the BlizzCon 2013 Virtual Ticket – DirecTV

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2013, Diablo 3 News, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Next-Gen MMO, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Blizzard Entertainment has announced the BlizzCon 2013 Virtual Ticket is now on sale. The Virtual Ticket allows you to watch live the different panels either on DirecTV or online.

Fans do not need to purchase anything to watch the WCS and Warcraft eSports Tournament Streams. Which is real nice.

What does this virtual ticket offers?

  • BlizzCon-exclusive in-game goodies for World of Warcraft®, StarCraft II, Diablo III, and Hearthstone™: Heroes of Warcraft™ (details coming soon).
  • access to an exclusive, limited-time online pre-BlizzCon merchandise sale featuring a selection of commemorative items that will be available for purchase at the show for 5 days.

Read the press release below:

Bring BlizzCon(R) to You with the BlizzCon 2013 Virtual Ticket

Experience Blizzard Entertainment’s epic Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® community celebration online this November 8 and 9—live and in HD Order NOW at www.blizzcon.com

IRVINE, Calif. –(BUSINESS WIRE)– BlizzCon® 2013 is just two months away—and while tickets to attend the show sold out in seconds, you can still get a virtual front-row seat at Blizzard Entertainment’s epic gaming convention with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, now available to order at www.blizzcon.com.

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The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket provides comprehensive live online HD coverage of Blizzard’s Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® community celebration, taking place November 8 and 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center . Available for $39.99 USD , the Virtual Ticket grants viewers access to both days of the show with two exclusive channels featuring unmatched BlizzCon content, including:

  • Developer Panels: Get the latest news and behind-the-scenes insight into your favorite Blizzard games—straight from the people who make them.
  • Exclusive Interviews: Dig deeper into the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo universes through exclusive interviews with Blizzard developers.
  • Community Contests: Witness the spectacle of the legendary BlizzCon Costume Contest and the new-for-2013 Talent Contest, both hosted by comedian and BlizzCon veteran Jay Mohr .
  • Closing Ceremony: Be a part of the closing festivities on Saturday night, capping off two full days of Blizzard gaming and eSports action (more details to be announced later).
  • On-Demand Replays: Rewatch epic moments with the Virtual Ticket’s DVR functionality, and catch content you might have missed for up to two weeks after the show’s over.

Bonus Loot! Anyone who orders a Virtual Ticket will also receive this year’s BlizzCon-exclusive in-game goodies for World of Warcraft®, StarCraft II, Diablo III, and Hearthstone™: Heroes of Warcraft™ (details coming soon). The Virtual Ticket also grants access to an exclusive, limited-time online pre-BlizzCon merchandise sale featuring a selection of commemorative items that will be available for purchase at the show.† This special pre-BlizzCon sale is scheduled to take place over a 5-day period in the weeks leading up to the show, and will be followed by a public sale offering a more limited selection of items. More details will be announced at www.blizzcon.com in the weeks ahead.

ATTN: DIRECTV® Viewers! DIRECTV customers in the United States will once again be able to join the excitement by ordering the DIRECTV BlizzCon 2013 Pay Per View event, priced at $49.99 USD , which includes the Virtual Ticket online stream and in-game goodies mentioned above as part of the purchase. More information on the DIRECTV Pay Per View event, including how to order, will be announced at a later date.

Free eSports Streams! Even if you don’t purchase a Virtual Ticket, you’ll still be able to catch plenty of BlizzCon action online. Coverage of the BlizzCon opening ceremony and this year’s BlizzCon eSports tournaments—including the StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals and the World of Warcraft Arena Global Invitational—will be streamed for free in HD at www.blizzcon.com and the official WCS website (www.starcraft2.com/wcs).

BlizzCon 2013 would not be possible without the passion and enthusiasm of Blizzard Entertainment gamers around the world and the generosity of the event’s partners—Intel, NVIDIA, Sony Computer Entertainment , DIRECTV, SteelSeries, GIGABYTE, Rosewill, and EVGA—who provide demo-station hardware, peripherals, and more, and whose support helps make the broadcast possible.

More information on the BlizzCon 2013 Virtual Ticket can be found at www.blizzcon.com/virtual-ticket/. Further updates on BlizzCon 2013 will be available at www.blizzcon.com as the show draws nearer.

With multiple games in development, Blizzard Entertainment has numerous positions currently available—visit http://jobs.blizzard.com for more information and to learn how to apply.

†While supplies last. All orders placed in the online pre-BlizzCon merchandise sale will be shipped from the United States ; international shipping rates may apply.

 
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Free Diablo III Xbox 360 & PS3 Demo Available

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Diablo 3 News

Blizzard Entertainment has launched a Free-to-Try Diablo III demo for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 players. The Xbox 360 link is broken at the moment. Try later.

Xbox 360 download | PlayStation 3 Download

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This demo allows console users to play all Act I up to the Skeleton King. They tailored a Console Demo FAQ too.

Diablo III Console Demo FAQ

The Diablo III Console Demo provides players the ability to try out a limited version of Diablo III for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Players on the Console Demo have the following restrictions:

  • Cannot progress past the Skeleton King in Act I
  • Access to the Barbarian and Wizard classes only
  • Level 9 cap
  • Co-op games available only with other Console Demo PS3 or Xbox 360 players
  • Matchmaking not available for Public Games

How do I get the Diablo III demo for PS3 or Xbox 360?

The Diablo III demo can be downloaded directly to your console from PlayStation Network or Xbox LIVE, or remotely from the PlayStation Network or Xbox LIVE websites. If you choose to install remotely, the Diablo III demo will begin downloading the next time you log in to your PSN or Xbox LIVE account on your console hardware.

To download the Diablo III demo for PlayStation 3, click here. To download the Diablo III demo for Xbox 360, click here.

For more information about remote downloads, click here for PS3 or here Xbox 360.

Do I need a Battle.net account to play the Diablo III demo?

No, the Diablo III demo for PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 does not require a Battle.net account to play. You will, however, need a basic PlayStation Network or Xbox LIVE account, both of which can be created online for free.

To create a PSN account, click here. To create an Xbox LIVE account, click here.

How do I upgrade from the Console Demo to the full version of Diablo III?

To upgrade from the demo to the full version of Diablo III, you can purchase a physical copy of the Xbox 360 or PS3 version from your local retailer (you can find a partial list of retailers offering Diablo III console here). Alternatively, you can buy Diablo III digitally for the PS3 from the PlayStation Store here, and then download the game to your PS3.

Diablo III is not yet available digitally on Xbox 360, but please keep an eye on www.diablo3.com for updates.

Will my progress during the Diablo III demo carry over to the full game, if I choose to upgrade?

Yes! Your Diablo III demo hero, quest progress, and items will remain intact in the full game.

What content is included in the Diablo III demo for PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360?

The Diablo III demo allows you to fight your way through to the Skeleton King boss in Act I as the Barbarian or Wizard, and advance up to level 9. Please note that some content, including Brawling, as well Trophies (PS3) and Achievements (Xbox 360), has been disabled in the demo.

Will online play be supported in the Diablo III demo for PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360?

Yes, you will be able to form parties over PlayStation Network or Xbox LIVE with other demo players. Matchmaking between the demo and full-game versions, as well as the ability to join Public Games, are not supported.

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Diablo: Storm of Light by Nate Kenyon – Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Novel Tie-in

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

Blizzard Entertainment has revealed more details of Diablo: Storm of Light by Nate Kenyon. The novel tie-in bridges the events of Diablo III and the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls expansion.

To make it even more exciting, it ties with what fans will find in the Diablo III: Book of Tyrael. That’s not enough? Gee, how about mixing Jacob and Shanar from the DC Comics Diablo: Sword of Justice graphic novel into the novel? That’s an awesome lore cocktail of geekiness.

Nate Kenyon debuted writing for Blizzard Entertainment with Diablo III: The Order and StarCraft: Ghost–Spectres

Check out more about Diablo: Storm of Light at the following Blizzard Entertainment web page.

Continuity

  • Jacob of Staalbreak, Shanar the Wizard and Gynvir the Barbarian hail from the pages of the DC Comics Diablo: Sword of Justice graphic novel by writer Aaron Williams & artist Joseph Lacroix.

  • Zayl the Necromancer can be found in the pages of Diablo: Kingdom of Shadow (reprinted in the Diablo Archive) and Diablo: Moon of the Spider — both by New York Times best selling author Richard A. Knaak.

  • Mikulov the monk hails from the pages of Diablo III: The Order by Nate Kenyon


Diablo: 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?

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Sideshow Collectibles Diablo Polystone Statue Gets New Light System Update

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News

The shipping date for the Sideshow Collectibles Diablo Polystone Statue is drawing near — Expected to ship November 2013. Sideshow has updated the statue with brand new lights which make the statue stand out even more than before when plugged to a power source. This Limited Edition consists of 2000 statues.

There are two pre-order options. The flat price is $349.99, with the Flex Payment Plan for as little as $105.00 and a non-refundable $35.00 to secure your copy.

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Product Description

Sideshow Collectibles is proud to bring you the Diablo statue, from Blizzard Entertainment’s hugely popular action RPG Diablo III. In a brilliant collaboration between the award-winning Sideshow Design and Development and Blizzard Cinematics teams, led by Sideshow Collectibles Creative Director Tom Gilliland and Blizzard Cinematics Creative Director Nick Carpenter, the Prime Evil’s chosen form comes to life, crafted in high quality polystone. The Diablo statue measures over 20 inches tall, hand painted and finished with painstaking attention to detail. Possess it now, before it possesses you.

Product Details

License: Diablo
Scale: Polystone Statue
Manufacturer: Sideshow Collectibles

Product Size: 21″ H (533.4mm) x 9″ W (228.6mm) x 12″ D (304.8mm)*

Product Weight: 11.00 lbs (4.99 kg)*
Dimensional Weight: TBD
Int’l Dim. Weight: TBD

Product Sku: 200219
UPC: 747720222113

Artists

Brian Fay (Sculpt), Dave Cortes (Sculpt), Blizzard Cinematics Team (Sculpt), Nick Carpenter (Creative Direction), Tom Gilliland (Creative Direction), Anthony Mestas (Paint), Rick Cantu (Paint).

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Josh Mosqueira Teases Diablo III PC Players – Surprises Inbound Soon

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Diablo 3 News

Josh Mosqueira dropped a tease for Diablo III (PC) players via Twitter. Is Blizzard announcing new features that will make it to the game in an upcoming patch and that hasn’t been announced yet? Are we going to learn about those before BlizzCon or at BlizzCon? Or did he mean Reapers of Soul beta is close?

From the point of view of Reapers of Souls, if Blizzard had plans to ship that game by June/July, taking in mind a beta testing lasts an approximate time-frame of six months, beta would start between December 2013 and January 2014.

If they targeted September 2014 (a year from now), beta would start around March 2014.

This is entirely a speculation. No dates have been announced for Reaper of Souls beta.

Just leaving that bowl of food for thought.

Release day!!! Welcome to Hell console players… stay a while and button mash. Fret not PC loyalists, lots of surprises inbound… soon.

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DIABLO® III NOW LIVE ON PS3™ AND XBOX 360®

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Diablo 3 News

Diablo III is now available on PS3 and Xbox 360 at a local store near you and in online stores worldwide. No auction House, offline play available, no Battle.net account required.

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The Lord of Terror unleashes hell in living rooms worldwide

IRVINE, Calif.—September 3, 2013—Today, the war over Sanctuary claims a legion of new souls. Blizzard Entertainment is pleased to announce that Diablo® III, the latest chapter in the legendary action–RPG series, is now available for the Sony PlayStation® 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360® throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

Would-be heroes who seek to confront the Lord of Terror and take the fate of mankind into their own hands can purchase the PS3™ and Xbox 360 versions of Diablo III at retailers worldwide for a suggested retail price of $59.99. The PS3™ version of Diablo III is also available for purchase digitally via the PlayStation Network™. The Xbox 360 version of the game will be available via Xbox LIVE® starting October 4. Both console versions of Diablo III have been fully localized in English, German, French, Latin American Spanish, European Spanish, Russian, Italian, Polish, and Brazilian Portuguese for multilingual demonic warfare.

The PS3™ and Xbox 360 versions of Diablo III have been custom-tailored for gamepad-driven action, with a dynamic camera perspective that puts your hero front and center, as well as an all-new user interface and an intuitive control system that make vanquishing evil feel like second nature on consoles. Players can take on the vile denizens of the Burning Hells alone or in a party of up to four via same-screen local cooperative play or online over PlayStation Network™ or Xbox LIVE®. In addition, the game supports parties composed of both local and online players. Once gamers experience the rush of Diablo III’s unique brand of hack-and-slash gameplay from the comfort of their couch, Sanctuary will never be the same.

“In bringing Diablo III to consoles, our main focus has been on making sure we deliver a really fun experience for up to four friends online or on the same couch,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “The game looks and plays great on PS3™ and Xbox 360, especially with the new direct-control elements and new interface. We know players will have a blast battling Diablo on their big-screen TVs.”

In Diablo III, players take on the role of one of five heroic characters—barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk, or demon hunter—and embark on a perilous quest to save the world of Sanctuary from the corrupting forces of the Burning Hells. As players make their way from the demon-besieged town of New Tristram to the Diamond Gates of the High Heavens, they’ll engage in pulse-pounding combat with hordes of monsters and challenging bosses, grow in experience and ability, acquire artifacts of incredible power, and meet key characters who’ll join them in battle or aid them along the way.

Diablo III was originally released for Windows® and Macintosh® PC on May 15, 2012 and within 24 hours became the fastest-selling PC game of all time. As of December 31, 2012, Diablo III had sold through more than 12 million copies worldwide.* To learn more about Diablo III, visit the official website at http://www.diablo3.com.

With multiple games in development, Blizzard Entertainment has numerous positions currently available—visit http://jobs.blizzard.com for more information and to learn how to apply.

PlayStation is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.

*Based on internal company records and reports from key distribution partners.

 

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Diablo: The Sin War Archive Coming February 1, 2014 – Pre-Orders Open

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Diablo 3 News

The Simon & Schuster, Inc. Diablo the Sin War Archive pre-orders have begun. The archive by Richard A. Knaak is slated to ship on February 1, 2014. This archive of 784 pages contains the three books of the trilogy:

  • Birthright
  • Scales of the Serpent
  • The Veiled Prophet

It was a truly epic story revealing the very origins of Sanctuary through the eyes of Uldyssian, the first human to manifest the birthright powers of the Nephalem after milennia during the Sin War — about three thousand years before the first Diablo video game.

Description

diablo-the-sin-war-birthright-coverSince the beginning of time, the angelic forces of the High Heavens and the demonic hordes of the Burning Hells have been locked in an eternal conflict for the fate of all Creation. That struggle has now spilled over into Sanctuary — the world of men. Determined to win mankind over to their respective causes, the forces of good and evil wage a secret war for mortal souls. This is the tale of the Sin War — the conflict that would forever change the destiny of man.

Three thousand years before the darkening of Tristram, Uldyssian, son of Diomedes, was a simple farmer from the village of Seram. Content with his quiet, idyllic life, Uldyssian is shocked as dark events rapidly unfold around him. Mistakenly blamed for the grisly murders of two traveling missionaries, Uldyssian is forced to flee his homeland and set out on a perilous quest to redeem his good name. To his horror, he has begun to manifest strange new powers — powers no mortal man has ever dreamed of. Now, Uldyssian must grapple with the energies building within him — lest they consume the last vestiges of his humanity.

Bent on destroying the evil cult of the Triune, Uldyssian does not yet suspect that Inarius — secret Prophet of the Cathedral of Light — has been subtly aiding his quest. Obsessed with restoring Sanctuary to its former glory, Inarius has been playing Uldyssian against the two great religions in a reckless attempt to topple them both. But another player has slipped back into the equation. The demon Lilith, once Inarius’s lover, seeks to use Uldyssian as her own pawn in a scheme to turn humans into an army of naphalem — godlike beings, more powerful than any angel or demon, who could overturn all Creation and elevate Lilith to supreme being.

The demon-backed Triune has fallen. All that now stands in Uldyssian’s path to freeing humanity is the Cathedral of Light and its charismatic leader the Prophet. But the Prophet is actually the renegade angel Inarius, who sees the world he created as his uncontested domain. Facing a cunning foe that would just as readily see Sanctuary destroyed than let it slip from his grasp, Uldyssian is blind to the others who would possess his world. Both the Burning Hells and the High Heavens now know of Sanctuary…and their warring hosts of demons and angels will stop at nothing to claim it.

An original tale of swords, sorcery, and timeless struggle based on the bestselling, award-winning M-rated computer game from Blizzard Entertainment. Intended for mature readers.

 

Speculation

It’s really good for Diablo III players who haven’t yet read The Sin War to read it in this Diablo the Sin War Archive. Back in January 2008, Blizzplanet interviewed Richard A. Knaak concerning Diablo: The Sin War, Birthright. That interview was the first sign that Diablo III was in development at least at a creative design stage:

Medievaldragon: How much of the book is creation of yours, and how involved is Chris Metzen behind the canon storyline of Diablo: The Sin War Trilogy? Do you think the ramifications of this book impact in the storyline of Diablo 3 the game?

Knaak: This is a pure collaboration between myself and Chris Metzen/Blizzard. All that is written is passed by him and the others there. This will be canon and has adjusted earlier info. The ramifications here will be used for any future project … and I ain’t writing for a dead game. I am not writing for a dead world … but a world with dead. ‘nuff said!

 

This novel was the first time Malthael was ever mentioned, along with the Angiris Council angels. That tells you some of what we will see in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls may have been designed long ago with The Sin War novel as the fountain from where most plots in Diablo III and its expansions spin around.

During our recent GamesCom 2013 interview with Josh Mosqueira and Kevin Martens, they mentioned Diablo III: Reaper of Souls will take us to Westmarch, Bloodmarch and the Pandemonium Fortress.

None of the plot of what players will be doing at Pandemoinum Fortress was revealed, but if you remember, in Diablo II players go into the Pandemonium Fortress where Tyrael provides three quests that lead you into the Burning Hells. The first quest deals with “The Fallen Angel” Izual in the outskirts of the Burning Hell.

There might be other motives for Malthael to wish to bring the Black Soulstone with all Prime Evils and Lesser evils contained within to the Pandemonium Fortress.

Either Malthael is going there to transfer the spirits of the Evils into the Worldstone — considering Diablo had some weird secret plan by tainting the Crystal Arch (part of Anu). The Worldstone is also known as Anu’s eye. Hint-hint. The evils were parts that spawned from Tathamet the dragon. This story is from Diablo III: Book of Cain. What if the goal is to unite all the elements of Tathamet into the Worldstone to take over creation?

Or what if the visit to the Pandemonium Fortress is to enter the Burning Hells? What if Malthael’s goal is to rescue Angel Inarius to reset creation? That could fit well with the next expansion featuring Angel Inarius as the next villain.

Coincidence? Around the time this Diablo: The Sin War Archive ships, is also coming out a brand-new Diablo III novel titled Diablo III: Storm of Light by Nate Kenyon.