SDCC 2013 – New Sideshow Collectibles Blizzard Licensed Product?

I will consider this one a rumor. San Diego Comic Con attendees who love polystone statues, and sixth scale figures might be interested to visit the Blizzard booth. My crystal ball whispered me there might be either a new product or new products from Sideshow Collectibles which have not been officially announced. This might or might not happen.

If this mystery product(s) is more than a rumor, it will be shown exclusively at the Blizzard Entertainment booth # 115 (Hall A). Heed the call, and visit the Blizzard booth.

Check out some of the new Blizzard Licensed merchandise announced a few days ago to be sold at the Blizzard booth, and the floor map where I marked all the Blizzard Licensed partners booths.

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Disclaimer: The blurred image is merely a placeholder. (It’s the shape of a Star Wars Stormtrooper)

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JINX Launches Vintage Blizzard Games T-shirts

I totally love JINX and their creativity. Personally, I never saw these coming. In addition to the recent World of Warcraft Summer 2013 T-shirt line-up, JINX released today three new shirts based on classic Blizzard games:

  • Warcraft: Orcs and Humans vintage premium T-shirt
  • StarCraft vintage premium T-shirt
  • Diablo II vintage premium T-shirt

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Legendary Pictures Giveaway – 4-Day SDCC Ticket and Round-Trip

Legendary Pictures (producer of the Warcraft film) is giving away a 4-Day San Diego Comic Con ticket and a Round-Trip Flight and Hotel. Will you heed the call?

At least 5 people will also get a swag bag with Legendary T-shirts. This giveaway ends before July 1, so hurry up.

Check out my SDCC Floor Map to locate the Legendary Pictures Booth and other Blizzard Licensed Partners.

Thousands have entered – don’t miss your chance! Legendary is flying one lucky fan and a friend to join us July 16-21 at San Diego Comic-Con for the ultimate fan weekend. Enjoy a 5-night stay at the nearby Westin Gaslamp, free airfare, badges for each day, early access to the off-site experience, and much more! To enter, just Like our Facebook page and fill in a few blanks. Then, boost your chances of winning by sharing with friends!

 

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Exclusive Blizzard Merchandise at San Diego Comic-Con 2013

Blizzard Entertainment has listed all the exclusive merchandise to be available at the reach of San Diego Comic Con attendees this year.

Attendees may find these at Blizzard Entertainment booth # 115 (Hall A). Visit my SDCC Floor Map which shows all the Blizzard licensed partner booths of interest.

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If you’re headed to San Diego Comic-Con in July, don’t miss out on the exclusive merchandise we’ll have at the Blizzard booth! Whether you’re looking for an adorable StarCraft collectible or something special from World of Warcraft, we have you covered. Our San Diego Comic-Con exclusives are a limited run produced only for the convention, so make sure you’re ready to grab them early. We hope to see you there!

TRANSFORMING ZERGLING/BANELING PLUSH

This soft, huggable, and slightly murderous Zerg buddy is ready to keep you company at night! Transforms (at will) from Zergling to Baneling with the pull of a zipper. The exclusive San Diego Comic-Con color scheme is limited to 2,000 pieces.

MINI SYLVANAS

She’s cute. She’s deadly. Mini Sylvanas is the first in an exclusive new series of micro action figures. Limited to 2,000 pieces, so you’ll have to act quickly to snatch up a Banshee Queen of your very own.

SHADOW ILLIDAN BY FUNKO

With his big, adorable eyes and bold colors, Funko’s vinyl Shadow Illidan is sure to find a way to adorably corrupt your soul. Shadow Illidan is a Comic-Con exclusive variant of the upcoming Funko POP! Vinyl Blizzard line of toys and is limited to 750 pieces at the Blizzard booth and 250 at the Funko booth.

UDON WORLD OF WARCRAFT TRIBUTE ART BOOK [Hardcover Edition]

Blizzard will be the exclusive retailer for the Hardcover Edition of Udon’s new art book collecting fan-created tributes to the Warcraft universe. Only 300 copies of this Comic-Con exclusive will be available.

EPIC PURPLE LANYARD

Show off your impressive item level by equipping our new Epic Purple Lanyard in your neck slot! This lanyard features a custom-embroidered stat tag, four-color purple ribbon, and a rotating lobster claw clasp. These lanyards are available on a first come, first serve basis to visitors at the Blizzard booth.

MOMOT BLIZZARD PAPERCRAFT: US PREMIERE

Korean Papercraft comes to the United States with Diablo, Thrall and Raynor models. Comic Con will be the US premiere of the new Korean product line by MOMOT.

 

SDCC 2013 – Insight Editions to Showcase Diablo III: Book of Tyrael

I reached out to my Insight Editions contact to find out if they would showcase the Diablo III: Book of Tyrael at San Diego Comic Con 2013 on July 18-21. The answer is yes. Attendees will be able to see the book at the booth # 1134.

Pre-order Diablo III: Book of Tyrael.

Check out the SDCC Exhibitor Booth List I posted earlier. Below is the press release shared to me by Insight Editions.

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Press Release

Insight Editions to Debut New Projects at Comic-Con International 2013, Including Game of Thrones, Ender’s Game, Iron Man, The Simpsons, Assassin’s Creed, Gears of War, and More

San Rafael, CA, July 2013—Insight Editions is pleased to announce its presence at Comic-Con International 2013 at the San Diego Convention Center, July 18–21, at booth #1134.

Comic-Con International is an opportunity for Insight to celebrate recent and forthcoming marquee titles, such as Ender’s Game, Iron Man Manual, Game of Thrones, Assassin’s Creed, Gears of War, Pacific Rim, Man of Steel, Fringe, Angry Birds, Homer Simpson’s Little Book of Laziness, The SpongeBob SquarePants Experience, The Art of Blizzard Entertainment, and Diablo III: Book of Tyrael. Amidst specials, giveaways, and promotions for these and other titles, along with 30% off everything in the booth, we’ll also feature the following authors for in-booth signings:

  • Tara Bennett, frequent contributor to SFX and Sci Fi Magazine, Fringe: September’s Notebook, Thursday, July 18, at 11:00 a.m.

  • Author and animation expert Jerry Beck, The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons, Friday, July 19, at 11:00 a.m.

  • Artist and illustrator Scott Campbell, Amazing Everything: The Art of Scott C., Friday, July 19, at 2:00 p.m.

  • Author David S. Cohen, who has written for Variety for over a decade, Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters, Saturday, July 20, at 3:00 p.m.

For more details on Insight Editions at Comic-Con, watch https://insight-editions.blogspot.com.

 

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San Diego Comic Con 2013 Booths – Blizzard Licensed Products

The San Diego Comic Con 2013 booth information is now available. From the list of exhibitors, I hand-picked for our audience some of the booths of interest to visit. Some of them might have potential to display info about upcoming Blizzard licensed products.

The Panel Schedules are not available yet to the public. I’ll update you once those are launched to let you know which day and time Blizzard Publishing plans to make announcements.

The SDCC takes place on July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center located at 111 West Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101 (Map)

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Confirmed

Mega Brands booth 3949 — No new line of World of Warcraft. However, I have confirmation Mega Brands will be giving away a ton of MEGA BLOKS WOW blind packs (I assume the World of Warcraft Mega Bloks #91100 Series 1 Mystery Pack [1 Random Figure]). They will also display a massive Mega Bloks Halo Promethean Knight and give attendees literally thousands of free giveaways. Keep an eye on that booth.

Rumored

Last year, Sideshow announced the Arthas Polystone Statue, the Diablo Polystone Statue, and the StarCraft II Sixth Scale Figure.

This year, there is potential for Sideshow Collectibles to announce the 2014 Blizzard-licensed product line-up at the Blizzard Entertainment booth # 115.

Speculation

Funko’s 2013 catalog shared at the Toy Fair New York revealed the concept art of an upcoming line of StarCraft, Diablo and Warcraft POP Vinyl figures: Jim Raynor, Kerrigan, Tyrael, Diablo, Arthas & Illidan. By now they should have some prototypes to show (speculation of course). Update: Blizzard announced new Funko merchandise that will be on sale at the Blizzard Booth.

Simon & Schuster, Inc. — Potential to show the World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde and the 2014 line-up (unless it’s revealed at NYCC).

DC Entertainment might have announcements about the StarCraft Graphic Novel, and/or unveil plans for upcoming Blizzard Licensed graphic novels we haven’t heard of yet. (speculation)

It’s been a while we haven’t heard anything about the DC Unlimited Warcraft/StarCraft action figures. Diamond Distributors and the DC Comics booths might be a good spot to check out upcoming line-up.

Insight Editions might reveal the Diablo III: Book of Tyrael.

UDON is likely showcasing the World of Warcraft Tribute.

Last year, USApoly launched the Monopoly: World of Warcraft Collector’s Edition, and RISK: StarCraft Collector’s Edition. The Trivial Pursuit: World of Warcraft has been under the radar several months. SDCC might be a good place to show it to the world. Will it happen? Check out their booth to find out.

Finally, the XBox and SONY booths. I haven’t heard anything about Blizzard showcasing Diablo III (PS3), or Diablo III (Xbox 360). I’ll update if anything reaches my ears.

Among the Special Guests is Louise Simonson (DC Comics World of Warcraft). Tony Washington (DC Comics World of Warcraft) will be at the Artists Alley (table CC-20)

Exhibitor Booths

I added all the booths of interest by booth number / proximity. You can print the page or take a screenshot for your mobile. The Floor Map (PDF) can be found here.

Blizzplanet Map (shows booths of interest marked — 1.63MB / GIF). Make sure to hover your mouse over the image and click “Open in New Tab” for the full size.

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Funko 5343
UDON 4529/4628
Mega Brands

3949
Legendary Entertainment 3920
Diamond Distributors 2401
Sideshow 1929
DC Entertainment 1915
Insight Editions 1134
Simon & Schuster, Inc 1128
USAopoly 721
SONY 301
Blizzard Entertainment Booth 115
Xbox 100

Diablo III: Book of Tyrael Pre-Orders Begin – Ships October 1, 2013

diablo-iii-book-of-tyrael-coverThe pre-orders for the upcoming Insight Editions Diablo III: Book of Tyrael have begun. The book contains 164-pages and will ship on October 1, 2013.

You can read the original press release by Blizzard Entertainment here. (May 29)

Description

“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. In Tyrael’s own words, “Forevermore we shall stand together, angels and men, in the light of this glorious new dawn.”

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ISBN-10: 1608872793
ISBN-13: 978-1608872794
Pages: 164 pages

New York Comic Con Single-Day Tickets on Sale Now

The New York Comic Con Single-Day tickets went on sale today at 12PM. It’s a good idea to pick Saturday tickets and any other day you wish to attend before these are sold out.

I haven’t yet confirmed if Blizzard Entertainment is returning to New York Comic Con this year, but last year I recorded video of the Blizzard Entertainment Publishing Panel held by Micky Neilson, Dave Kosak and Michael Stackpole. The room was at full capacity with hundreds of fans. I’d assume Micky would love to repeat the experience, but ultimately depends on what the 2014 publishing line-up consists of, and how well the response of fans has been for these books throughout 2013.

To narrow it down, Micky Neilson and Dave Kosak revealed at New York Comic Con 2013, for the first time, the 2013 publishing line-up:

This year’s New York Comic Con will be held on October 10-13th at the Javits K. Jacobs Convention Center located at the 655 West 34th Street, New York, NY (Manhattan).

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Blizzplanet Updates – June.13.2013

These have been an intense few weeks uploading Patch 5.3 videos. I have been busy restoring several sections that fans used to visit years ago. The menu to the right now has a widget to facilitate navigation by video game. Check the widget out to access the lore archives for previous Blizzard Entertainment video games.

You can read the history of the worlds found in the game manual, as well as the NPC dialogues and mission objectives for:

  • Diablo II
  • Diablo II: Lord of Destruction
  • Warcraft: Orcs and Humans
  • Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness
  • Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal

I’m going to stop for a bit on classic Blizzard games to focus on Patch 5.4 videos. I finished downloading the PTR.

I’m also looking forward to finish the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm NPC dialogues.

The next few weeks will be as fun restoring other sections Blizzplanet visitors loved to read a few years ago:

  • Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos
  • Warcraft III: Frozen Throne
  • StarCraft
  • StarCraft: Brood War

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PS3 Custom Diablo III Skin Giveaway

Lylirra has awesome news to share to hardcore Blizzard stuff collectors who own a PlayStation 3. This Thursday, June 13th, new Diablo III director Josh Mosqueira is showcasing Diablo III (PS3) at E3. Simultaneously, the Diablo III Facebook and Twitter will be giving away PlayStation 3 skins with the Diablo III: Book of Cain logo.

Attendees who stop by the Activision and Sony booths at E3 this year to try out our multiplayer demo of Diablo III have the chance to walk away with a sweetPS3 skin bearing the D3 logo. (Pretty snazzy, huh?)

Rather than just let this be an E3-exclusive item, we want to give players at home the opportunity to score this loot, too! So, if you’d like to try your fate at earning a custom Diablo III-inspired skin for your PS3, here’s what you can do:

1. On Thursday, June 13, the Diablo III console developers will be taking the Sony Stage at E3 to give a special presentation of Diablo III on the PS3.

2. We’ll be posting about this presentation on Twitter and Facebook – keep an eye on for these on Thursday!

3. Whenever you see a post related to the presentation on Thursday, either re-tweet it on Twitter or click “Share” on Facebook. Make sure to share the post publicly on Facebook so that you’re eligible and so that we can contact you if you’re a winner!

And it’s that simple. We’ll be randomly selecting 50 players who re-tweet and share our posts to receive the custom skin after the convention is over. Good luck, Nephalem! — source

 

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SONY PlayStation 4 Pre-Orders Opened Today

SONY has launched the pre-orders for PlayStation 4. The PS4 will be released on December 31, 2013.

The Greatness Awaits website redirects to the YouTube PlayStation channel which plays a teaser trailer with 3D animation effects and live actors roleplaying different video games. A Prime Evil Diablo is seen among the actors toward the end of the trailer.

During the E3 Event, SONY revealed the PlayStation 4 video game line-up including Diablo III. This is the part that addresses Diablo III (PS3) exclusive features:

“Of course, PlayStation 4 will also be home to a giant blockbuster game. Blizzard Entertainment is bringing Diablo III to both the PS3 and PS4. And we’re proud to announce today Diablo III will have on PS3 exclusive items from PlayStation franchises like the Drake’s Amulet from Uncharted and shoulder bracers inspired by that game company’s Indie hit: Journey. There are also PS3 exclusive items from Blizzard in the future.” — said Adam Boyes.

Visit the Diablo III (PS3) Exclusive Items page at the official Diablo III website. (Thanks, @Lylirra)

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The Drake’s Amulet item is based on the ring that Drake has strapped into a leather necklace around his neck (image by saint-ism).

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The ring replica is part of the Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Collector’s Edition) (by Naughty Dogs)

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The Journey’s Shoulder is a replica of the scarf used by the character to fly — Journey Collector’s Edition by Thatgamecompany.

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Jump through the livestream’s timeline to [1:27:00] to listen to Adam Boyes (VP, Third-Party Relations at Sony Computer Entertainment America). He talks about Diablo III (PS3) exclusive items. You can watch the E3 PlayStation 4 Livestream here:

PlayStation 4

  • PlayStation 4 redefines rich and immersive gameplay with powerful graphics and speed, intelligent personalization, deeply integrated social capabilities, and innovative second-screen features.
  • “Suspend mode” eliminates the load time on your saved game and allows you to immediately return to where you left off by pressing the power button.
  • Background downloading and updating capability also allows you to immediately play digital titles as they download, or update the system when the hardware is powered off.
  • PlayStation 4 lets you instantly share images and videos of your favorite gameplay moments on Facebook with a single press of the “share” button on the Dualshock 4 controller.
  • Broadcast while you play in real-time through Ustream, allowing friends to comment or jump into your game in new ways.
  • Games already announced for the PlayStation 4 include first party titles Killzone: Shadow Fall, inFamous Second Son, Driveclub and Knack as well as partner titles Destiny, Diablo III, Deep Down and Watch Dogs.

The Best Place to Play

Push the boundaries of play with PlayStation 4. Working with some of the most creative minds in the industry, Sony has developed a breathtaking gaming system that delivers unique gaming experiences.

Completely New Ways to Play

The DUALSHOCK 4 controller incorporates a new highly sensitive six-axis sensor, as well as a touch pad located on the top of the controller, which offers gamers completely new ways to play and interact with games.

The newly developed PlayStation Camera for PlayStation 4 incorporates two high-sensitive cameras that have wide-angle lenses with 85-degree diagonal angle views which can recognize the depth of space precisely.

Create magical moments that you will remember for the rest of your life with PlayStation 4.

Key Features

  • DUALSHOCK 4 controller with touch pad, three-axis accelerometer and three-axis gyroscope, and rechargeable battery
  • Two high-sensitive cameras with 85-degree diagonal angle views for enhanced depth perception
  • Compatible with x86 architecture to make video game development easier on the next-generation console
  • Controller connection via Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 802.11 b/g/n wireless network connectivity, Ethernet, and USB ports

Official PS4 specifications

Main Processor: Single-chip custom processor
CPU: x86-64 AMD ‘Jaguar’ 8 cores
GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon™ based graphics engine

Memory: GDDR5 8GB

Hard Disk Drive: Built-in

Optical Drive (read only):

  • BD 6xCAV
  • DVD 8xCAV

I/O and communication:

  • Super-Speed USB (USB 3.0)
  • AUX
  • Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)
  • IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth® 2.1 (EDR)

AV output:

  • HDMI
  • Analog-AV out
  • Digital Output (optical)

DUALSHOCK 4 Controller

Key Switches

  • PS button, Share button, OPTIONS button,
  • Directional buttons(Up/Down/Left/Right),
  • Action buttons(Triangle/Circle/Cross/Square),
  • R1/L1/R2/L2, Right stick, Left stick, Touch Pad button

Touch Pad

  • 2 Point Touch Pad, Click Mechanism, Capacitive type

Motion Sensor

  • Six-axis motion sensing systems(three axis gyroscope, three axis accelorometer)

Other Features

  • Light Bar, Vibration, Built-in Mono Speaker

Ports

  • USB (Micro B), Extension Port, Stereo Headset Jack

Wireless Communication

  • Bluetooth® Ver 2.1 + EDR

Battery

  • Type: Buit-in Lithium-ion rechargeble battery
  • Voltage: DC3.7V(tentative)
  • Capacity: 1000mAh(tentative)

Blizzard Entertainment Opens Battle.net Launcher Beta Testing Sign Ups

Blizzard Entertainment invites fans to beta test the new Battle.net Launcher seen previously at MMO-Champion.

Think about this new Battle.net Launcher as what you experience with Steam. This new launcher will open up so many cool things from Blizzard. You can even access the Battle.net forums from within the Battle.net Launcher, browse through the Blizzard Store, and connect with friends. Follow the links below to join the besta testing.

When you opt-in folllowing the Beta Profile links below (US & Europe), you will notice the Hearthstone beta opt-in is also available. Checkmark that one too. Hearthstone beta testing is slated for Summer — just a few days or weeks away.

UNITED STATES

We’re continuing the Battle.net®-related testing we mentioned previously. As part of this, we’re now inviting beta testers to help test and refine a new desktop app for Battle.net designed to improve the launcher experience for all Blizzard games and streamline the ability for players to get into their games.

If you’d like to help us with the testing, head to your Battle.net Beta Profile and opt in to at least one of the game universe beta tests (if you haven’t done so already). We’ll be inviting players to the beta test in waves—if you’re selected, your Battle.net account will be flagged automatically and you’ll receive an email with additional details.

For more information, check out the FAQ or visit the beta test forums.

 

EUROPE

We’re continuing the Battle.net®-related testing we mentioned previously. As part of this, we’re now inviting beta testers to help test and refine a new desktop app for Battle.net designed to improve the launcher experience for all Blizzard games and streamline the ability for players to get into their games.

If you’d like to help us with the testing, head to your Battle.net Beta Profile and opt in to at least one of the game universe beta tests (if you haven’t done so already). We’ll be inviting players to the beta test in waves — if you’re selected, your Battle.net account will be flagged automatically and you’ll receive an email with additional details.

For more information, check out the FAQ or visit the beta test forums.

 

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Blizzplanet – Diablo II Lore

While making some changes decided to experiment with a navigation widget you can see at the right-menu.

Looking through the mess that is the categories widget, I unearthed the Diablo II lore pages I had posted back in 2007. Fixed the broken links, and images.

The Diablo II Lore section contains the History of Sanctuary, the history of the Barbarian, Amazon, Necromancer, Sorceress and Paladin classes, and the whole NPC dialogues transcript through ACT I – IV. Worth checking out.

It might inspire some fans to undust and play Diablo II, and newcomers to wish to play the game for the first time. You can still order the Diablo Battlechest which contains Diablo II and the expansion — Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. It’s priced as $19.99.

I’m sure many will appreciate Diablo III a lot more after experiencing the Diablo II gameplay mechanics, and the dreadful potion spam galore at Duriel (chuckles).

Look for these at the new widget found at the right-menu.

  • Diablo II Lore
  • Diablo II: Lord of Destruction Lore
  • Diablo I Lore

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Blizzard Entertainment Careers – Job Openings – June.7.2013

Below are the latest Blizzard Entertainment job openings for the week of June 1-7th: Lead Software Engineer in Test, Associate Media Artist, Story Board Artist, and Associate Learning & OD Specialist. There is another position they have wanted to fill for some time: User Experience (UX) Designer.

For a full list of job openings in United States, Europe, Asia and Oceania visit the following page.

You may contact recruiters and talent sourcers directly via Twitter at:

@Blizz_kathyz
@vmaun
@mike_nassar
@gopherstick
@hardflanny
@scampactual
@BlizzardCareers

Lead Software Engineer in Test

Irvine, CA

Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a talented and enthusiastic lead software engineer to help drive our game automation projects and test infrastructure. The ideal candidate has experience managing teams to build test infrastructures and tools, working with development teams to drive test requirements, and developing test automation for large projects. In addition, this person will need to have passion for creating epic games, and a strong desire to push the state of the art for testing games. — Read More / Apply

Associate Media Artist

Do you know more about Blizzard games than all of your friends? Does your creative curiosity drive you to constantly experiment with different kinds of media and tools to realize your latest creation? Will you thrive in a no-holds-barred, rapid-fire, high-energy environment with fast turnaround times? If so, this position may be the perfect fit for you!

We’re looking for a creative and highly motivated individual that has a deep level of familiarity with our games to join the creative development team as an associate media artist. The ideal candidate will have a portfolio of creative work that could include any or all of the following disciplines: graphic design, photography, video editing, 3D modeling, or any other medium that combines creativity with technical artistry to generate something great. — Read More / Apply

Story Board Artist – Cinematics

Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a talented story artist to assist our cinematics team in creating the next generation of our award-winning cinematics! The story artist will not only function as a conventional storyboard artist but additionally will contribute collaboratively to both story and sequence development with the director. — Read More / Apply

Associate Learning & OD Specialist

The associate learning and organizational development specialist assists in the coordination and delivery of learning and development solutions for Blizzard Entertainment’s product development managers and employees. This position reports to the learning and organizational development manager for product development.

In support of Blizzard Entertainment’s product development group, the associate learning and organizational development specialist is responsible for assisting the L&OD manager with the development and implementation of strategies and programs in the areas of (a) talent planning (help build capabilities of potential successors and top talent throughout the studio) (b) performance coaching / management development (help build leadership capabilities of managers),(c) Employee Opinion Survey support (help teams analyze results, create action plans, hold meaningful discussion with teams), and (d) learning solutions (help with providing learning solutions that meet the needs of a varied workforce), with the goal of effectively utilizing Blizzard Entertainment’s human resources. — Read More / Apply

User Experience (UX) Designer

Are you the type of person who uses a product and immediately strives to figure out how you could design it better? Do you enjoy solving problems at a conceptual level, but also love figuring out the details when it comes time to make those conceptual ideas concrete? We’re looking for a UX Designer to join our corporate applications UX team to do exactly that!

The UX designer will be working on internal applications that aid the company and our players with solutions that streamline efficiency, support game development, and foster Blizzard Entertainment’s culture and core values in the workplace. The UX designer will collaborate with a variety of teams (customer service, game development, human resources, etc.) to design solutions that meet strategic business objectives while also creating a useful, intuitive, and epic experience for our users.

This role is best suited for someone who embodies the philosophy that UX design is centered around people, and that our goal is about getting things right for our users, not about just getting things done.

Through research, design, testing, and iteration, the UX designer will be involved in all phases of the user-centered design process. — Read More / Apply

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Blizzard Coming to the 2013 E3 – Diablo III PS3 and XBox 360 Demo Stations

Blizzard Entertainment is attending the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 11-13. E3 attendees will be able to play Diablo III PS3™ and Xbox 360 at the following booths:

Activision Blizzard — #647, South Hall
Microsoft — # 4030/4100, West Hall
Sony Entertainment — #4522, West Hall

For the map of the E3 Floor space go to the following Diablo III website page.

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Diablo III PS3 Ships Sept 3 and coming to XBox 360

Diablo III (PS3) is shipping on September 3, 2013. In this press release, Blizzard finally reveals Diablo III is also planned for the XBox 360.

The pre-order of Diablo III PS3 and XBox 360 are now both available.

diablo-iii-ps3-boxLegendary action-RPG series coming to PlayStation® 3 and Xbox 360

Reserve your copy now to receive exclusive in-game Infernal Helm; select retailers offering additional preorder bonuses

IRVINE, Calif. –(BUSINESS WIRE)– A new legion of heroes will soon rise up and take a stand against the Lord of Terror. On September 3 , Diablo® III will make its console debut on the Sony PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft in the U.S., Canada , Spanish-speaking Latin America , Europe , Australia, and New Zealand .

In preparation for the upcoming launch, select retailers in these regions are now taking preorders for the PS3™ and Xbox 360 versions of the game, which will be available at a suggested retail price of $59.99 . Both console versions of Diablo III will be fully localized in English, German, French, Latin American Spanish, European Spanish, Russian, Italian, Polish, and Brazilian Portuguese. Further release details, including retail availability in Brazil , South Korea , Taiwan , Hong Kong , and Southeast Asia , will be announced at a later date.

The console 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. 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 the Xbox Live® online entertainment network from Microsoft. 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.

diablo-ii-xbox360-boxPlayers who preorder either console version of Diablo III will receive an exclusive in-game item: the Infernal Helm, which grants an experience point boost to any character who wears it, accelerating their progression as they rise in power. Certain retailers will also offer limited-edition preorder bonuses—check with your local retailer for further information.

“Playing Diablo III on a big screen with your friends brings a whole new level of intensity to the game, and with all of the control and interface adaptations we’ve made, it’s extremely fun to play on PS3™ and Xbox 360,” said Mike Morhaime , CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment . “In addition to the fine-tuning we’ve done for the console versions, we’re also including major content and design updates we’ve made to the PC version over the past year, so players can expect an epic Diablo gaming experience when the PS3™ and Xbox 360 versions launch in September.”

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, including a list of participating retailers, please visit the official website at https://www.diablo3.com.

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

* According to The NPD Group , GfK Chart-Track, and internal company estimates.

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

 

New York Comic Con Single-Day Tickets on Sale June 19

I got an alert that the New York Comic Con (single-day) tickets will be on sale on June 19th at 12pm EDT. It is unknown at the moment if Blizzard Entertainment will be there. The NYCC organizers haven’t made the exhibitor list public yet.

VIP Tickets, 3-Day tickets, and 4-Day tickets were sold out. This upcoming ticket sale is for individual days only: Thursday-only, Friday-only, Saturday-only or Sunday-only. I guess people can buy a combination of individual days.

Last year, Micky Neilson, Dave Kosak and Michael Stackpole led the Blizzard Entertainment Publishing Panel at New York Comic Con on Saturday, October 13th, 2012. You can watch my video of the panel here.

Will Blizzard repeat the experience? The room was packed with a lot of Blizzard fans, hopefully Blizzard returns. If things go well, I’ll be there to bring you video and photos.

Once Blizzard confirms attendance and provides a schedule I’ll inform visitors.

Check out and bookmark the New York Comic Con official website.

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Blizzard Entertainment Announces Diablo® III: Book of Tyrael

Wait, Blizzard Entertainment beat me to this? I must be losing my touch. =)

Blizzard Entertainment emailed me this morning to share details of this upcoming Diablo III book titled Diablo III: Book of Tyrael. (Pre-orders available)

The book contains 164-pages and will ship on October 1, 2013.

Description

“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. In Tyrael’s own words, “Forevermore we shall stand together, angels and men, in the light of this glorious new dawn.”

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Press Release

diablo-iii-book-of-tyrael-coverFrom Insight Editions and Blizzard Entertainment, the makers of critically acclaimed games such as World of Warcraft®, StarCraft® II: Heart of the Swarm™, and Diablo® III, comes this exciting companion edition to Diablo III: Book of Cain. Diablo III: Book of Tyrael gives players an in-depth look into the mind of the Archangel Tyrael and chronicles his involvement in the Diablo universe’s Eternal Conflict.

One of the most exciting and visceral action role-playing franchises in history, Diablo has become a worldwide gaming phenomenon. Diablo III: Book of Tyrael takes players even further into the universe with a detailed and beautifully crafted book of lore as seen through the eyes of Tyrael. As a former archangel of the High Heavens, Tyrael 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. In Tyrael’s own words, “Forevermore we shall stand together, angels and men, in the light of this glorious new dawn.”

Featuring stunning original art throughout, writings from iconic Diablo series characters such as Leah and Deckard Cain, and a fully removable family tree.

Release Date: October 1, 2013
Features: 148 pages — 7.75″ x 10″
Format: Hardcover
Retail Price: $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60887-279-4
Ages: 17+

About Blizzard Entertainment: Known for blockbuster hits including the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games.

Insight Editions is a publisher focused on creating superlative illustrated books on photography, music, and popular culture. Lavishly produced and visually stimulating, every volume from Insight is dedicated to the skillful interplay of word and image. The books produced are unique works that combine the highest quality print production values with time-honored publishing traditions and rich subject matter. Elegant and informative, books from Insight showcase the best of art and photography in exquisite presentations of the bookmaker’s craft. (www.insighteditions.com)

 

I have a serious business thought. Me thinks we should look forward to some words concerning the Diablo III expansion. Don’t take my word for it. I blame my spider-sense.

If you haven’t yet read the Diablo III: Book of Cain, it’s a good time to do so before jumping into the sequel Diablo III: Book of Tyrael.

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Blizzard Entertainment Careers – Job Openings – May-24-2013

Latest Blizzard Entertainment job openings for those with the skills to join one of the best employers in United States. Blizzard Entertainment is ranked # 6 America’s Ideal Employers

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Insight Editions The Art of Blizzard Entertainment Limited Edition

The The Art of Blizzard Entertainment Collector’s Edition by Insight Editions is available on sale at online and local bookstores for $199.09. A great collection for those who love to collect this type of Blizzard licensed merchandise, and for art students.

Follow the link above to read the customer reviews and a video from a fan.

Description

Blizzard Entertainment changed gaming forever. From its humble beginnings as a three-person console-game development studio in 1991 to the creation of the blockbuster Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® series, Blizzard has crafted stunning worlds of science fiction and fantasy for more than two decades.

An epic volume of visuals and behind-the-scenes insights, The Art of Blizzard Entertainment celebrates the genesis. This collection showcases nearly 700 pieces of concept art, paintings, and sketches accompanied by commentary from the Blizzard game development teams, including Nick Carpenter, Samwise Didier, and Chris Metzen. All three were essential in shaping Blizzard’s game universes over the years, and along with a team of international artists, revolutionized gameplay and storytelling. Artists such as Roman Kenny, Peter Lee, Bill Petras, Glenn Rane, and Wei Wang helped develop and expand Blizzard’s unique vision, and their contributions are featured here along with work by Brom, who offers a foreword to the collection. Millions of people around the globe play Blizzard games every day—The Art of Blizzard Entertainment is an opportunity to explore the core of what makes the experience so transporting.

This deluxe edition is bound in saifu cloth and accompanied by a portfolio of collector art prints, all housed in a finely crafted double-slot slipcase with foil stamping. Each deluxe edition also includes a card of authenticity hand-signed by Brom, Samwise Didier, and Wei Wang.

 

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DC Comics Diablo: Sword of Justice Paperback Pre-Orders Begin

The DC Comics Diablo: Sword of Justice is coming back as a paperback or graphic novel. If you didn’t have the chance to read the 5-issues comics last year, you can get it now at a special pre-order discount — only $10.67.

Diablo: Sword of Justice is written by Aaron Williams and penciled by french artist Joseph Lacroix.

Book Description

From the world and legends of Sanctuary, the setting for the award-winning Diablo video game, comes this tale of a hero’s birth. Jacob has fled his homeland in the north, hunted by his kinsmen for the crime of murder. Led by the visions of an ancient prophet, pursued by his friends, Jacob finds his destiny—but will he be able to claim the sword that could save his people, if not the world, before he’s brought to justice? Collecting the 5-issue miniseries!

Interview

Check out the interview with Aaron Williams and Joseph LaCroix.

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Blizzard Entertainment Careers – Job Openings – May-21-2013

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Blizzard Entertainment Careers Team have posted new job openings these past days. Recently, Blizzard Entertainment was ranked #6 America’s Ideal Employers 2013 by Universum after a survey with the participation of over 65,000 students. Join one of the best employers in United States and the World.

Follow the links below to submit your resume at the appropriate page:

Looking for a different position? No sweat. These above are just the newest ones. Over 80 job openings available at Blizzard Entertainment here. Look for the navigation bar to search Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania job openings.

Language Tester, Italian

Quality Assurance – Irvine, CA

Blizzard Entertainment is looking for intelligent and highly motivated multilingual game testers to help test our games in Italian. Job duties include documenting bugs, working closely with a team of translators, testing games for hours upon hours. An ideal candidate is a hardcore gamer with a localization background, or an individual with a higher education in a language-related discipline, who is good at both finding bugs and describing them in an organized and clear fashion. language testers must be able to work full-time at our headquarters in Irvine, California. Applicants must also be available to work extended hours and weekends when necessary, to meet project deadlines.

Responsibilities

  • Review the Italian translation of Blizzard Entertainment games.
  • Ensure consistency with the glossary between games and other projects.
  • Perform quality assurance for Blizzard Entertainment games and other projects.
  • Review localized material and provide regular feedback to project leads and supervisors.
  • Handle other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Passion for video games and linguistics
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills in both Italian and English
  • Excellent knowledge of fantasy, and / or science fiction worlds and an understanding of Blizzard Entertainment games
  • Willing to work extended hours
  • Excellent teamwork skills
  • Able to work independently
  • Strong motivation and a high level of commitment

Pluses

  • Previous experience in video game localization or video game quality assurance
  • Higher education in language-related disciplines, and / or work experience as a professional translator
  • Excellent knowledge of Blizzard Entertainment games

Applicants must submit (i) a cover letter (with language proficiency), (ii) a resume, and (iii) a mock game analysis of their latest favorite video game in English and Italian. Only resumes with cover letters and game analyses will be considered.

  • The game analysis should demonstrate applicant’s understanding of the game play mechanics and relationships to the design and implementation of the game.
  • The game analysis should be on either a computer game or console game. Please limit the game analysis to no longer than 5 pages (the average length of an analysis is approximately 3 pages).
  • This game analysis should not be a game made by Blizzard Entertainment.

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and its affiliated companies is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

 

Customer Service – In-Game Services

Office – Irvine, CA

Customer support representatives or game masters (GMs) are service specialists supporting Blizzard Entertainment customers via phone, web chat, and email within the game environment and on account related issues. Through problem identification, troubleshooting, education and resolution, GMs are required to provide innovative and exceptional customer handling following Tier I Empowerment Guidelines. As a key member of customer service, GMs are expected to maintain Blizzard’s culture of excellence and commitment to quality in every aspect of their work.

Responsibilities

  • Provide first contact resolution of customer issues via phone, web chat, and e-mail.
  • Deliver timely and accurate responses to customer questions and requests.
  • Take personal ownership of customer requests and maintain accountability for follow-through.
  • Provide exceptional customer experience as measured through customer surveys.
  • Maintain productivity that meets or exceeds departmental goals for Tier I.
  • Perform account maintenance, data entry, and order processing functions.
  • Display a professional, positive, and enthusiastic demeanor to employees and customers.
  • Learn and review departmental policies and procedures.
  • Provide proactive customer communication via phone, chat, or email when necessary.
  • Maintain accurate account of hours worked and report any discrepancy in a timely manner.
  • Maintain security and confidentiality of Blizzard internal information and customer / account information.
  • Respond to general customer inquiries.
  • Identify, update, and report on interface or game mechanic issues.
  • Provide for restoration of character / item losses of low complexity.
  • Investigate reports of player harassment or inappropriate behavior.
  • Investigate and communicate reports of service outages.
  • Escalate and communicate any customer well-being issues.
  • Escalate or refer issues beyond the scope of Tier I training and duties.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Requirements

  • Team player with a positive attitude
  • Able to work under pressure in a fast-paced, ever changing, high-volume environment
  • Comfort with using telephony related hardware and software
  • Flexible to work rotating shifts
  • Strong customer service and written communication skills
  • A minimum of 1 year experience handling customers within service / technical fields
  • Basic computer and typing skills
  • Familiar with Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office
  • Successful criminal background check may be required if allowed by local law

Pluses

  • Previous call center or direct customer-facing experience
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Drive for self-improvement
  • Passion for supporting gamers

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and its affiliated companies is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

 

Associate Producer / Producer

Office: Irvine, CA

Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a producer to join our support systems engineering team. Support systems engineering is a 100% agile software development group currently using the Scrum framework. In this position, the producer will be empowered as the product owner for one of our Scrum development teams. The ideal candidate has a passion for product development and a natural aptitude for business.

Responsibilities

  • Meticulously maintain a product backlog that represents the product’s vision and roadmap with a focus on customer and business needs.
  • Build and maintain relationships with customers from all levels and job positions within the company.
  • Communicate a clear vision and release plan for the assigned product(s).
  • Actively manage expectations, results, and forward progress for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Determine and report on product return on investment.
  • Provide regular reporting of product scope, schedule, progress, and planning.
  • Promote a collaborative environment for development, user experience and quality assurance to deliver successful products within.

Requirements

  • Strong desire to be a part of and contribute to a team environment
  • Exceptionally self-motivated and directed
  • Passion for user experience
  • Previous experience in product development
  • Able to set and manage business priorities judiciously
  • A demonstrable understanding of marketing techniques
  • Knowledge of the software development lifecycle and associated activities
  • Possess a strong understanding of agile development methodologies, particularly Scrum
  • Clear ability to manage a range of different personality types in a facilitative and professional manner
  • Superior listening, written, and oral communication skills
  • Proven ability to plan, execute, and complete project activities to achieve high quality results
  • Able to articulate ideas to both technical and non-technical personnel

Pluses

  • Experience creating mock-ups, workflows, wireframes, and / or prototypes
  • Product Owner Certification
  • PMP Certification

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and its affiliated companies is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

 

Associate Producer – Locatization

Office – Irvine, CA

The Blizzard Entertainment Localization team is looking for an associate producer (AP) to support the localization of text, audio, and video assets for Blizzard game titles, as well as, the localization of support services initiatives that accompany the launches of those titles. The ideal candidate has superior organizational and communication skills, three years of localization-related experience on a AAA title, fluency in one or more non-English languages, strong technical skills, and in-depth knowledge of Blizzard games. For more information, check out the posting.

The associate producer’s primary responsibilities will be assigned by the localization production staff, and involve hands-on localization tasks within game clients as they ramp up for release. Other responsibilities will be to organize and execute localization requests for support services teams, such as, community, PR, web, video and post production, etc., whether via Blizzard’s internal localization teams or its external vendor partners. The AP will also work with localization QA to champion localized product quality and the platform services project management team to ensure transparent and proactive communication to all relevant project stakeholders. Secondary responsibilities will be to challenge and champion the tools and initiatives designed to assist the department in running as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Requirements

  • Passion for video games
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills
  • Self-motivated with an ability to work under tight deadlines
  • A minimum of 3 years’ localization-related product development experience on a AAA title
  • Willing and able to travel internationally as needed
  • Team-oriented with the ability to work independently
  • Computer literate and familiar with MS Office products

Pluses

  • Understanding of the complete localization life-cycle
  • Fluency in one or more non-English language(s)
  • Experience with MS Project
  • Above-average knowledge of Blizzard and its games
  • Working knowledge of database and version control software
  • Working knowledge of audio, graphic, and movie file types and applications

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and its affiliated companies is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

 

Network Engineer

IT – Network Operations
Office – Irvine, CA

Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a highly motivated and skilled network engineer to join our network operations engineering team. The ideal candidate possesses a high level of experience with cutting-edge network platforms. The network engineer must be efficient and organized while working in a self-directed team environment.

Responsibilities

  • Design, install, and operate LAN / WAN network infrastructure.
  • Perform network performance tuning and administration.
  • Research new technologies including software and hardware, based on business requirements.
  • Provision and deploy new routers / switches / security platforms in current or new data centers.
  • Document operational processes and procedures.
  • Develop and maintain network topology diagrams for all networks.
  • Troubleshoot and locate root causes of network incidents.
  • Mentor network administrators and technicians.
  • Participate in production support and in on-call duties.

Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience with enterprise-level or service provider network design and support
  • Excellent knowledge of TCP / IP protocol
  • Knowledge of application flows, packet capture, and analysis
  • Extensive experience with network routing protocol like BGP, OSPF, and EIGRP
  • Extensive experience with Cisco routing and switching
  • Knowledge and experience of public and private peering
  • Security experience with Cisco and Juniper firewalls
  • Experience with network monitoring tools
  • Experience with load balancer solution
  • In-depth understanding of network H / W architecture
  • Superior troubleshooting skills

Pluses

  • A degree in computer science or a related field.
  • Comfortable with Linux / UNIX
  • Network certification(CCIE,JNCIE)
  • Experience with supporting MySQL and Oracle
  • Experience with SAN switching

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and its affiliated companies is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

 

SONY To Unveil PlayStation 4 at E3 2013 on June 10th

SONY will unveil the PlayStation 4 at E3 Press Conference on June 10th 2013 at 6:00pm PDT. If the February 20 PS4 announcement is any indication, it is possible Blizzard Entertainment might be there about Diablo III and/or other video games. This has not been confirmed.

The video below was posted today at the official PlayStation 4 website. The camera zooms in slowly toward a blurred PlayStation 4 box while quick maximum close up images of the PS4 and the DualShock 4 controller flash onscreen.

The following was emailed to all PlayStation 4 newsletter subscribers along with an embeded video:

This is the only time you shouldn’t be playing games. Join us for the big announcement on our E3 live stream June 10th, 2013 at 6PM PST at us.playstation.com

Get a glimpse into the future now.

 

DuakShock 4

DUALSHOCK®4 features new innovations to deliver more immersive gaming experiences, including a highly sensitive six-axis sensor as well as a touch pad located on the top of the controller, which offers gamers completely new ways to play and interact with games. The new Share button puts video streaming and sharing a tap away.

Touch Pad: Located on the front of the controller, the TouchPad offers gamers completely new ways to play and interact with games.

Built-in Speaker and Headphone Jack: Enjoy high-fidelity sound effects of games from both the TV and also from the controller. Chat with friends playing online with the bundled headset.

Light Bar: Three color LEDs offer a simpler way to easily identify players and quickly see useful game information, like when a character is low on health or has taken major damage.

New Shape: Improved ergonomics means it’s more comfortable to hold, while improved analog sticks and buttons mean more precise control.

Share Button: Share triumphs and accomplishments by streaming live gameplay to Ustream or uploading recorded videos to Facebook.

Enhanced Vibration: Multiple vibration motors give games a greater degree of expression and heighten the sense of immersion for players.

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SONY PlayStation 3 – Conversations with the Diablo III Creators [Video] + Transcript

SONY recently posted on twitter: “Diablo III on PlayStation – Blizzard prepares to unleash Hell in our new Conversations with Creators.”

Diablo III Production Director John Hight discussed the partnership with SONY to deliver a great Diablo III gameplay to the console masses.

Diablo III developers in this video: John Height (Production director), Josh Mosqueira (lead designer) and Jason Bender (senior designer).

Warning: The video might need age verification due to its adult-only rating. Diablo III (PS3) pre-orders are available here.

Deep within Blizzard Entertainment’s secret underground game development compound, a team of modern day blacksmiths and alchemists has been hard at work reforging a legendary game experience for an all-new legion of heroes. Once finished, this finely-tuned version of the bestselling Diablo III will transport PlayStation gamers to a dark and dangerous world of fast-paced action, thrilling adventure, and piles upon piles of epic loot. Pour yourself a flagon of your favorite brew, kick up your boots, and feast your eyes on this Diablo III developer diary, part of PlayStation’s “Conversations With Creators,” an ongoing series featuring numerous industry-leading game studios.

In this video, you’ll hear from three of the developers behind Blizzard Entertainment’s action role-playing epic: Production Director John Hight, Lead Designer Joshua Mosqueira, and Senior Designer Jason Bender. Together, they’ll explain how bringing the game to PS3 and PS4 has empowered them to viscerally transport players into the foreboding, demon-besieged world of Sanctuary by putting the action in the palms of their hands.

According to the team, the most critical component of the Diablo III experience on the PlayStation platform is the controller. That’s where the player develops a relationship with the character on the screen. Blizzard developers believe that “control is king,” so with Diablo III, that has translated to “the controller is king.” From a player’s perspective, there’s a fundamental difference between indirect control, with a mouse cursor, and direct control, which can be achieved with a PlayStation controller. In this video, they highlight key reasons why this method of interaction truly drives home the excitement offered by this genre-defining action role-playing game.

It’s desperate times, and innocents have been caught between the forces of the High Heavens and the Burning Hells. If you’d like to learn more about how you can do your part to save humanity, visit the official Diablo III community site and interact with other heroes of Sanctuary on Facebook and Twitter. To receive the Infernal Helm, an exclusive in-game item that grants an experience point boost to any character who wears it, preorder Diablo III for PlayStation 3 today.

 

Video Transcript by Medievaldragon

John Hight: SONY has been an extremely great partner for us in moving to consoles, and Blizzard — our heritage was actually console games. Obviously we have been away for a while, so we had a little bit to learn and we look across all the franchises to see which one would really be the most appropriate to bring across, and we felt that Diablo was by far the easiest win.

Josh Mosqueira: It’s the grand idea of action RPGs. When the first one came out in the late 90s, you know, RPGs don’t need to be this slow surpondering epic, they can be this awesome rock concert and just smash things and kill a bunch of monsters and get a whole bunch of epic loot.

It just connects you to that experience and I think it’s super important for us that the player feels that they are in the screen with their character and partly because our players on consoles are sitting ten to fifteen feet away from the action, so the more we can make them feel that they are the action, that they are the Barbarian, the more epic and visceral the experience is.

John Hight: So for us the thing that is exciting about the new console is actually the controller. That’s where it all begins. That’s where you develop that relationship with your character and the screen.

Josh Mosqueira: At Blizzard, we have this phillosophy that control is king, and working on a console version for Diablo III for us that means that the controller is king.

Jason Bender: You know this is not a mouse. This is something different for us, and it’s something exciting that we hadn’t had the chance to work with on Diablo. What was surprising was that the second I got a controller on my hand and started playing around, and there’s a difference here between an indirect control where I am playing around with the mouse’s cursor and a direct control — an intentional control where I say: “I am playing this way. I am attacking that way. And I’m rolling this way.” And that just sinks. It was really surprising even to me.

Josh Mosqueira: It’s an intimate connection between the player and their character. That’s something that we really want to leverage. And build the Diablo III version for the console specificly around the notion that we call “pick up and slay”. So on console when you flick the right stick your character actually performs a surdodge move that is unique to the console, and we added that thing first because PlayStation players are going to have this expectation that as a console game I should be able to do that. I should be able to have this cool surdodge mechanic, and we wanted to give them that. We also wanted to make sure that players have the ability to quickly reposition in combat to give the game not just a cool action feel to it, but add a tactical element to it, and it’s worked out really well.

John Hight: One of the things we are excited about with the controller is the touchpad. Diablo III is a pretty deep game, and we don’t like a lot of overload on the buttons. We wanted to keep it really simple so you can get to the things that you need to get to fast because you need to do it, because the monsters are pounding at you no matter what. We think the touchpad will give us a lot more opportunity to make that interface a lot easier.

Josh Mosqueira: We now have a different way that the player can interact with the game, for a game like Diablo III that has a lot of cool inventory things you are doing, you are equiping items, just the possibility of a trackpad is really exciting and really can’t wait to dive into making it as awesome as we can. What we didnt’ want to do is simplify the experience, because at the end of the day Diablo is awesome because of the all the items you can get, and all the different powers some items have, so we didn’t want to sacrifice that, but what we wanted to do is streamline the experience so that players can decide when and how they wanted that level of information, so we really built the inventory and all the UI screens from the ground up. These screens are specifically designed to feel great when you have a DualShock in your hands, the way you navigate, so moved it into a radio styled menu that allows, first of all, your character be nice and big onscreen, but the magic of working on a game like Diablo at Blizzard is very iterative. Like we constantly keep asking ourselves how can we make this better, how can we make this more awesome, and in our team Jason Bender had this great idea for something we call “The Quick Equip” where without me having any need to open the inventory, you can just press the up and the D-pad and quickly cycle through the items you recently picked up, and make a decision right then and there whether to equip it or not. So again, that’s a great example of the way we wanted to streamline, but not simplify the experience.

John Hight: What’s great about SONY’s decision to make the PlayStation 4 an easier architecture for us to work with as developers is that means we can actually get our games into the hands of our players a lot faster, and we are super excited about that. You have a lot of scalability in the PC version of the game, and with the processing power of the GPU on PlayStation 4 we are pretty confident that we’ll be able to get very high-res graphics and super rock-solid framerates.

Jason Bender: Something that you get on PC not quite for free but something that people are used to is the ability to do things like stream your experience. So you say, “hey guys, they just changed the way Barbarians work.” or “I just got a new axe for my Barbarian. I wonder if I can do this whirlwind tactic that I’ve been doing on a higher difficulty. Let’s find out.” And then someone online will take video of themselves doing it and say: “Look, I can totally do it. It’s so easy. All I need to do is to go to this area and get this skill and I can make it happen.” And people learn. That’s exciting.

Josh Mosqueira: I think the “Share” button has its potential to really fundamentally change the way players interact with not just the game, but with one another, and there’s always been a barrier to bring that same type of experience to the console, but the fact that its now on your controller — a button-press away, you just found an awesome legendary and you just want to share not just with your friends in their couch, but with the whole world? The fact that it’s just a button-press away — it’s such a great thing to bring to players, and I think it’s one of those things that — especially when we started talking about it internally – we sorta get the potential but it isn’t until we actually see it in action and more importantly, players engage with it and see what they do with it, that’s when we are going to see the true promise of the share button come to life.

Jason Bender: … but also on multiplayer. It’s huge. I might be able to sit there on the same couch with my friends …

Josh Mosqueira: … and you are going up against the legions of the Burning Hells, and it really makes the experience — as I said before — immediate and so very social.

Jason Bender: … and of course, we can also play with people who are remote. So three of us might be sharing a view on the couch looking at the same screen, someone else might be playing from somewhere else in the country, and we can all play together. That is just great. Having that social experience in that flexibility is something that is really unique.

John Hight: That’s what console gaming is all about. It’s a more intimate experience, right there in the living room. A shared experience with your friends. With your family. And we think Diablo is the perfect game to allow you to do that.

Pre-order Diablo III (PS3)

 

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May 2013 – JINX Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo III T-shirts $9.99 and $14.99

JINX has several Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft T-shirts at $9.99 and $14.99

Note: Some of the prices are bound to be for male-only or female-only (in some cases). Make sure to check the pricing before ordering.

The newest T-shirts, hoodies and hats at regular prices +can be found here:

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Universum Ranks Blizzard Entertainment #6 America’s Ideal Employers 2013

The global leader in employer branding since 1988, Universum, surveyed over 65,000 students in United States of America.

Universum published the results of the American Student Survey (run through December 2012 to March 2013) which reveal how students perceive organizations as employers in United States.

Blizzard Entertainment figured as #6 in the survey ranking.

#1 Google
#2 Microsoft
#3 Apple
#4 IBM
#5 Amazon
#6 Blizzard Entertainment

It’s time to visit the Blizzard Entertainment Careers page and to submit resumes. At the top of the page you may navigate job postings in America, Europe, Asia and Oceania.

The full list of the top 100 Employers surveyed by Universum can be found here.

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Unofficial Fan-Produced Diablo Film Reaches 7% Crowdsourcing Goal Commitment

The fan-produced Diablo film based on the novel Diablo: Legacy of Blood by New York Times best selling author Richard A. Knaak is struggling to collect $17,499 in crowdsourcing funds to initiate the 20-30 minutes length production.

So far the producer has gotten 7% of the goal ($1,379). The crowdsourcing ends on July 5, 2013.

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Diablo III Anniversary: SteelSeries Diablo III Peripherals 50% Promo Code

SteelSeries is running a special promotion through May 15 until May 16th at 12am CST in celebration to the first anniversary of Diablo III. Get 50% off on all Diablo III peripherals by using the promo-code D3DAY at checkout – www.steelseries.com/diablo3

  • Diablo III Headset – The Diablo 3 Headset features red illumination, a retractable microphone, and a D3 inspired design that is just as intense as the game.

  • Diablo III Mouse – Co-designed with the creators of Diablo III, the D3 mouse is a durable powerhouse of a mouse that features demon red illumination and a slew of features that allow you to tailor this mouse to whatever job you need done while battling the powers of the Burning Hells.

  • Diablo III QcK Mousepads – Our world-famous cloth mousepad comes in 5 different Diablo III designs and provides the perfect gaming surface no matter how intense things get in-game.

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Diablo III Patch 1.0.8a Released

The Diablo III Patch 1.0.8a is now live fixing a few bugs introduced in Patch 1.0.8, increasing stack size of gold in the real-money auction to 10 million gold, and addressing rubberbanding for some class abilities.

GENERAL

  • Made improvements to address “rubberbanding” issues encountered when using movement-based abilities like Tempest Rush, Strafe, and Whirlwind

AUCTION HOUSE

  • The stack size of gold on the real-money auction house has been increased again to 10 million (up from 1 million)

CLASSES

USER INTERFACE

  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue introduced in Patch 1.0.8 that prevented Item Label Display preferences from being saved

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue introduced in Patch 1.0.8 causing dungeon exits to sometimes be placed in abnormally close proximity to the entrance
  • Fixed an issue introduced in Patch 1.0.8 that prevented players with Starter Edition accounts from being upgraded when playing in an IGR

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If you are experiencing technical issues with the patching process, connecting to Battle.net after installing the patch, or errors while playing a newly-patched game, please visit our support site or post in the Technical Support forum for assistance.

 

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Blizzplanet New Facebook and Twitter – Medievaldragon Dark Riders Giveaway

The Blizzplanet database and FTP files were provided to me, and thanks to Hybridpunk the website is back online.

Those were the top two concerns I had after my access to the website was removed.

I no longer have access to the Old Blizzplanet Facebook, and Twitter.

This time I created the social network accounts. Lesson learned. Blizzplanet has a new facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/blizzplanetcom and a new Twitter page: https://www.twitter.com/blizzplanetcom

Blizzard Entertainment shipped a review copy of World of Warcraft: Dark Riders to me recently, along with another copy to giveaway to our fans. Read my review here.

Please, like and follow the new Blizzplanet Facebook and Twitter.

I’ll pick a random fan and announce the winner on Friday, May 17th at 11:59pm EST.

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