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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Diablo 4 to Bring Back Elective Mode

Blizzard confirms to add beloved "Elective Mode" for Diablo IV to let players assign skill categories.

Fans of hack and slash action RPG game series Diablo are excited once again after recent reveal of Diablo IV at BlizzCon 2019 by developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment following Diablo Immortal debacle from BlizzCon last year.

According to a latest official blog post, Blizzard has confirmed plans of bringing back popular "Elective Mode" system from Diablo III that would allow players assigning specific skill selection slots to buttons of their choosing.

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Diablo 4 to Bring Back Elective Mode

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Initially, certain categories such as defensive and primary skills will be allocated to set of buttons on controller or keyboard. What Elective Mode does is that gives players a choice to customize their own set as they want.

Maybe you have one particular skill type set on a certain button and that is not matching with what you have in mind, then you can simply place that skill under a different key using the feature, which gives you flexibility in playing.

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Because of a user interface from demo showed at BlizzCon this year, members of player community were speculating if D4 will lock skills under specific slots but Blizzard came clearing all confusion on that by confirming Elective Mode.

Lead systems designer David Kim stated that every skill categories will remain unlocked for all players to let them freely assign and select. Besides, the shown UI is not final just like many other aspects due to an ongoing development.

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Elective Mode From Diablo III

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Customization has always been a great part of the looter RPG and in terms of itemization, Blizzard looking to add more depth for base items. They will also allow people to spend money on in-game cosmetics and mounts for characters.

Diablo IV is announced to arrive for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One but an official release window is yet to be determined. Currently, they are mostly busy gathering feedback from fans to improve overall gameplay experience.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Diablo 4 to Feature More Gore, NPC and Towns

Blizzard will make Diablo IV much darker; will add over 100 towns for more NPC interaction to tell a grounded story.

Revealed last week at BlizzCon 2019, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment is working on Diablo IV, next installment of hack and slash action RPG game series that is set to launch for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.

Shortly afterwards, players have a chance to take a look at its story premise and brief gameplay overview. Blizzard is not only going to make Diablo 4 darker but is planning to feature more towns and villages with lots of NPC interaction.

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Diablo IV to Feature More Gore, NPC and Towns

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During a panel at BlizzCon, creative director Sebastian Stępień talked about its lore and world. Darkness will greatly serve its plotline by moving from infamously bright surroundings of Diablo III and more gritty vibes of Diablo II.

There will be lots of NPCs from more than 100 towns and villages for players to explore and learn from locals. This way, its story is approached in a much grounded way and players will piece together stories of regular folks.

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People living in these villages are not talking about kings, politics or anything but giving reference of dark medieval fantasy. These locations can also serve as a form of social hubs or may be used to host seasonal events in future.

In past, games of Diablo franchise would require players to take tour in certain areas in each act and they were branch of a central town. So far, number of towns was summed up to less than 10 but adding over 100 of them is quite a leap.

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More Towns and Villages

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Set in massive open-world locations, the game will share select areas and world bosses with fellow players online. Another aspect that has came to light lately is that D4 to be always online and not supporting a full offline mode

By the time Diablo IV was revealed at BlizzCon 2019, it was no longer a surprise to its audience because of numerous leaks and though a possible release window is not given yet, it is not likely to come out any time sooner than 2021.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Diablo 4 Will Have Cosmetic Micro-Transactions

Blizzard would offer players cosmetic micro-transactions for character skins and mounts in Diablo IV.

Earlier this month, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment kicked-off BlizzCon 2019 by officially revealing upcoming Diablo IV from renowned hack and slash action RPG game series Diablo for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

D4 is to take a darker path than its predecessor and will feature more than 100 towns to explore. It is also unveiled recently by a livestream from BlizzCon that they will include some micro-transactions for cosmetic items.

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Diablo 4 Will Have Cosmetic Micro-Transactions

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Blizzard representatives confirmed during their annual event that Diablo 4 will add character customization options and mounts, which players are allowed to spend money on to purchase these items for their characters.

Although developers are currently planning to do micro-transactions solely for cosmetics, there is no guarantee that they won't go for a different model of business in future and that is what concerns majority of player community.

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In a discussion with Twitch streamer Quin69, lead developer Joe Shely talks about in-game monetization.

Diablo 4 will be available as a base game, and we're going to have expansions. You also will be able to acquire cosmetics in the game.

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Shely also confirmed during a live broadcast at BlizzCon that these purchases can be made in an in-game shop. Even if they are in early stage of development, multiple expansions will be part of their post-launch content support.

Despite allowing in-game purchases for customization skins, players will never be allowed to gain power through build. Whether they are going for a subscription model is not clarified yet but for a full-priced title, that idea seems rather irrational.

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Given overall scenario of mobile game releases in recent years, Blizzard is more likely to pursue a heavily micro-transaction imbued business model for their upcoming Diablo Immortal title that would largely target Chinese market.

Since Diablo IV is expected to sell several million units followed by multiple paid expansions, they could make those items free for players. Even though deemed harmless, putting a price tag on cosmetics in a looter RPG is never a good sign.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Diablo 4 Will Be Always Online

Blizzard has confirmed that all versions of Diablo IV are online-only and won't support a full offline mode.

Only days ago at BlizzCon 2019, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment has officially announced Diablo IV, latest installment of their hack and slash action RPG game series Diablo for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Of course, this news would make fans cheer in joy and maybe even have them forgive Blizzard for disastrous launch event of Diablo Immortal from last year but there is a catch; D4 will require you to be connected to the internet.

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Diablo IV Will Be Always Online

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Lead designer Angela Del Priore has recently confirmed on a panel at BlizzCon that Diablo 4 will not feature a full offline mode, which means players would need to have a constant access to internet connection if they want to play.

You are free to enjoy solo adventure and noting would force them to party up with others but they won't support a full offline mode. Anyone can experience campaign quest areas and play through dungeons in private anytime.

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Now this decision should not come as much of a surprise to players on PC platform since even for single-player mode, Diablo III would require them to connect to internet same as their other titles like Overwatch, StarCraft or World of Warcraft.

However, this action will most likely to affect player community on consoles, because Blizzard had an exception for those versions of Diablo 3 to play offline back then but now they will only support online play over all platforms.

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Blizzard Entertainment opting out of an offline mode support for the game is mainly because of their DRM policy but whether or not it would force console players to subscribe to PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold is not yet confirmed.

Diablo IV is fourth mainline release from its respective action RPG franchise and has no set launch date yet but according to estimates from analysts; it would arrive sometime around 2021 since the project is still under development.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Overwatch 2 Announced

Blizzard officially announces popular hero shooter sequel Overwatch 2 and new modes at BlizzCon 2019.

Following an exclusive report from ESPN and a leak within in-game store, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment has finally revealed Overwatch 2 at BlizzCon 2019 event for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

One of Blizzard's major franchises, team-based multiplayer first-person shooter Overwatch was launched on all major platforms back in 2016. It became a popular eSports title over time and now is ready to delve into its next chapter.

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Overwatch 2 Announced

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In a traditional manner, a new cinematic short "Zero Hour" is released by Blizzard to kick-off the announcement.




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The cinematic begins by focusing on Winston, who is reminiscing their old days while heading over to Paris with Mei and Tracer. They are off to fight a terrorist organization known as Null Sector and all they have is a small crew.

Taking charge of their operation, Winston jumps right in fighting and helping local populace. As he was getting overpowered by their forces, Mei came to his assist and Tracer joins them too but not before a giant omnic came out blasting.

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With their ride destroyed and Mei getting injured in an attack, Winston realizes that they can't possibly win. So, he instructs Tracer to get everyone out of harm's way and decides to stay behind, holding the line for as long as possible.

Running for cover, his friends look back to see him trying to make a last stand but is saved by Genji at last minute. Brigitte and Reinhardt came charging in, followed by arrival of heroic omnic Echo and guardian angel Mercy.

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Null Sector Invasion

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Brigitte and Reinhardt work together to display ability to create an interlock shield to deflect a beam from their giant enemy. Winston cooks up something up with cryo-freeze backpack and pulse bomb from his teammates to take it down.

By working together as a team, they managed to put that inside giant omnic unit and shattered it into icy bits. Effectively shutting down a Null Sector invasion, Overwatch team has reformed once again after so long and is back in action.

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An official gameplay video has followed up to showcase upcoming content and features of Overwatch 2.




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Vice President of Blizzard and game director Jeff Kaplan confirmed bringing new story-based missions to deliver co-op experiences that are highly replayable and heroes would make progress through a unique leveling system.

Those early rumors had mentions of new PvE story mode, new map, PvE content, introduction of a new hero and all of them came true. However, there will be at least two new hero characters; previously shown Echo and newcomer Sojourn.

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Replayable Hero Missions

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In a latest inclusion of hero characters, Sojourn from "Recall" animated short and origin video for Ana will be introduced. A former Overwatch captain, she was instrumental in Storm Rising mission and is about to re-join her old gang.

A brand-new map will be based on Canadian city Toronto and PvE story missions will help expand character stories. All current players will be allowed to play in a shared multiplayer environment with all new heroes and maps.

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Aside from story mode, a new competitive PvP mode, "Push" is coming soon to play over all existing maps. Player progression like game highlights, holiday skins, sprays and victory poses from Overwatch will be saved and can be accessible.

All of your favorite heroes are getting some sort of design changes and reinvented with visual updates. Blizzard will roll out regular content updates and seasonal events for original OW but they have no release window in mind for its sequel yet.

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Overwatch 2 Push Gameplay

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It was rumored long ago that Blizzard has been working hard on Diablo IV and Overwatch 2. Though everyone expected the former to come out, the latter was somewhat a surprise since it just launched a Nintendo Switch port recently.

Other than Diablo 4 reveal, one of the biggest announcements out of BlizzCon this year was sequel of Overwatch and Kaplan believes it will redefine everything a follow-up installment should stand for with steady stream of new contents.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Expansion Announced

Blizzard announces Shadowlands expansion for fantasy MMORPG title World of Warcraft at BlizzCon 2019.

During opening celebrations event at BlizzCon 2019, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment has announced upcoming Shadowlands expansion for massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft.

Despite being fastest-selling WoW expansion, Battle for Azeroth failed to keep up hype, probably because of recently launched WoW Classic but Blizzard plans on bringing more content update for their players anyway.

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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Expansion Announced

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In a newly released cinematic trailer, Blizzard builds up premise of Shadowlands, next chapter in WoW lore.




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Sylvanas Windrunner walks up to Icecrown citadel to confront Lich King Bolvar Fordragon sitting on his Frozen Throne. Realizing her intent, the lord of Scourge led all of his forces after Banshee Queen who has broke free of his control.

Sylvanas successfully takes them all down and eventually brought Bolvar down on his knees before defeating him and break his Helm of Domination, opening a portal to realm of life and death to unleash its nightmarish horrors.

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Shadowlands, Realm of Death

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Battle for Azeroth allowed players a level cap of 120 that many could reach to but rather than going any further, WoW will be capping levels at 60 and everyone currently at max level will start their journey of Shadowlands from level 50.

This action is to ease up leveling process and make players feel rewarded for ongoing progress. Instead of going over all sorts of different content, you can simply play up Mists of Pandaria expansion as a newcomer and go to level 50.

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Though a huge chunk of player community is busy playing WoW Classic mode these days, Blizzard is still keen to add more content update each year ever since it was released and has a considerable size of player base even this day.

Therefore, revelation of Shadowlands was nothing sort of a surprise as WoW has been dropping hints for its next expansion for some time. Ahead of BlizzCon 2019, a leak from Blizzard gear store has showed glimpse of new Lich King, Bolvar.

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On top of upcoming gameplay overhaul, a new continent will come to play as well as NPC factions to join up. Realm of Death is not linked to physical plane like Kul Tiras or Zandalar from past expansions, so it may take a weird route.

Shadowlands has always been a part of World of Warcraft lore outside of physical universe from its very beginning as this is where players go after death but its dark realm has never been merged with Azeroth, up until now.

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There is Tower of the Damned for class-specific challenges, which will play out in roguelike fashion. Now that Bolvar is dethroned, every race can have a Death Knight and Banshee Sylvanas may appear as a raid boss.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands expansion is currently available to pre-order and is scheduled for a 2020 release window. Blizzard will have a zone restricted for new players only where they can learn the basics before entering world of Azeroth.

Diablo 4 Announced

Blizzard Entertainment officially revealed highly-anticipated dungeon crawling title Diablo IV at BlizzCon 2019.

Although expected to be revealed last year, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment ended up showcasing upcoming mobile title Diablo Immortal instead of latest installment of mainline Diablo game from popular dungeon crawler series.

After multiple leaks from various sources and a series of rumors hinting its existence over and over to fans, Blizzard has finally announced hack and slash action RPG title Diablo IV for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at BlizzCon 2019.

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Diablo IV Announced

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A brand-new cinematic trailer builds up arrival of ultimate evil and it seems all that waiting was really worth it.




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The video show off a perilous journey of a group of adventurers looking for gold but among them was a scholar who was only seeking knowledge. Their small posse is chased to an underground dungeon by a horde of demonic creatures.

They ask the scholar to breach seal of a gate while they fend off those beings and he figured out it would take blood to open the door. So he asks two of his companions to willingly offer their blood and it does open but one of them is left behind.

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However, instead of gold what they find inside is terror unimaginable as their fallen companion returns to unveil a horrific truth to them. They have unwittingly entered a forbidden tomb and opened up a gate to hell that will usher doom.

Finally, they all three surrenders to darkness and a veil of blood is formed to call forth home Lilith, daughter of hatred. Her blood soaked introduction to D4 is only a sign of Diablo lore getting darker and gruesome than ever.

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At this point, a new Diablo game is not a surprise anymore since it has been reportedly under development for some time and probably even changed direction at least once but ultimately, Blizzard decided to go back to series roots.

Entire plot will focus on Sanctuary and mother of the Nephalem, Lilith will be serving as main antagonist. Taking inspiration from all past games of the franchise in terms of horror aspects and gameplay, Diablo IV aims to be gorier and grittier.

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Blizzard has also revealed a first gameplay trailer showcasing character classes and other notable features.




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First noticeable change to new installment of the series is a massive graphical upgrade and smooth gameplay. Inclusion of horses as mounts indicates vast open-world locations that would require transportation to reach to.

At launch, Diablo IV to have five set of unique character classes and initially only three of them are revealed. Barbarian, Druid and Sorceress have their different set of skills to play out and charge into battlefield for glory.

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Barbarian represents heavy hitting warriors wielding powerful weapons that they can swap and switch between at any time. This valiant class will run rampant amidst streets littered with corpses and cause destruction all around.

A Druid can transform into creatures as Werebear to Werewolf and command magic like no other. Sorceress can harness elemental powers like fire, cold and lightning aside from freezing enemies before breaking them in pieces.

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More Random Dungeons

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Players are allowed to customize each class with ability levels, cosmetics, rune words and skill trees. They are free to go anywhere and anytime they want as campaign is completely open to either explore its expanded world or go on side quests.

Certain in-game areas are now open as PVP zones to fight each other but this is just an option if anyone wants to opt out. Social areas are for gathering in groups, trade items and even taking on terrifying bosses together.

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Multiplayer World Boss

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Shortly before announcement, a leak revealed that Diablo 4 will have three character classes and will be set in an open-world. Players will be able to interact with surrounding environment like climbing walls or even ride mounts as well.

Many long-time fans would have a great experience with such improvement to gameplay mechanics and turns out, these leaks were actually true, which certainly helps generating more hype for upcoming isometric action RPG title.

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When Diablo III came out in 2012, it initially suffered from connection issue at launch but ended up selling over 30 million copies. Though originally debuted for PC platform, D3 eventually saw console release and even a Nintendo Switch port.

Blizzard is promising their fan-base every reason to get excited for Diablo IV but there is no official launch date yet, nor even a release year. Given they have been working on the project for some time; we probably won't have to wait too long.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Overwatch 2 May be Revealed at BlizzCon 2019

BlizzCon 2019 to reveal popular hero shooter sequel Overwatch 2 with new hero and PvE game mode!

Rumors for a sequel to team-based multiplayer first-person shooter Overwatch has been out there for past couple of months but new report not only suggests that claim, it also confirms inclusion of a new hero and PvE mode.

Although developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment has yet to announce Overwatch 2, it is supported by several sources that the follow-up to popular hero shooter will be officially revealed at BlizzCon 2019 on November 1, 2019.

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Overwatch 2 May be Revealed at BlizzCon 2019

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According to a recent BlizzCon training document, Rod Breslau of ESPN mentions of a new PvE story mode that is a four-player co-op mission and will take place on a new map set in Rio de Janeiro, hometown of support hero Lúcio.

Player community and professional league players have long been complaining for some of least popular modes like Assault. Attendees of BlizzCon may likely to have a chance to experience both its PvE and new game mode "Push".

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Revealed at BlizzCon 2018, in "Reunion" trailer, an omnic named Echo will be joining current hero roster as 32nd hero. She is reunited with McCree after he rescued her earlier from Ashe and her Deadlock Gang from Route 66.

Their brief conversation suggests that she used to be a partner of the outlaw gunslinger and was put into stasis for some unknown reasons. During a recall of Overwatch agents, McCree came to wake her up and join team once again.

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Back in June, Blizzard reportedly cancelled a first-person shooter title set in StarCraft universe in favor of major franchise sequels, shifting that team to work on Overwatch 2 as that scrapped FPS project used to ran on Overwatch engine.

Even though developers usually hate leaks ahead of time, Blizzard should feel lucky at this point to come in spotlight for a new game after their controversial move against Hearthstone player Ng "blitzchung" Wai Chung for political speech.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Diablo 4 Leaked by Art Book

An ad for new "The Art of Diablo" book from Blizzard has leaked Diablo IV weeks ahead of BlizzCon 2019.

A major franchise from developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment, action role-playing hack and slash dungeon crawler series Diablo has seen its final game Diablo III six years ago and its second expansion came out in 2017.

Last year, many fans initially believed that Blizzard would reveal a much-anticipated sequel in their BlizzCon 2018 event and a mobile title was announced but a recent leak suggests that Diablo IV will be unveiled at BlizzCon 2019.

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Diablo 4 Leaked by Art Book

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In latest issue of German magazine GameStar, there is a single mention of Diablo 4 in an ad for upcoming book "The Art of Diablo", which will come out in November 3, a date set after BlizzCon for Blizzard to announce the game.

First line of that advertisement reads, "Mit über 500 artworks aus Diablo, Diablo 2, Diablo 3, und Diablo 4", which roughly translates to "With over 500 artworks from Diablo, Diablo 2, Diablo 3, and Diablo 4" and there you go.

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Following is a Tweet that posts an image of "The Art of Diablo" book ad containing the leaked information.


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The Art of Diablo is already available on Amazon for pre-order and aside from that print ad; there are no mention of Diablo IV anywhere. At this point, many leaks have suggested its existence but this one is the most legit among all.

Though some fans may believe that the ad probably mistook Diablo Immortal for a mainline Diablo sequel, that seems too far-fetched and it was reported earlier that a working build for the game already exists in their French offices.

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Blizzard is already in hot waters lately after banning a Hearthstone player for protesting against Chinese government, which led to huge surge of fan backlash and boycott campaign that has been supported by United States politicians.

Although Blizzard neither confirmed nor denied any leaks, they stated to have exciting news to share at BlizzCon 2019. If they want to win over fans after last year's Diablo Immortal, developers will need something big like Diablo IV.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Diablo: Hellfire Expansion Free on GOG

GOG includes unofficial expansion pack Hellfire for action RPG game Diablo as free update for owners of base game.

Back in March, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment partnered up with CD Projekt's digital distribution platform GOG.com for digitally selling PC version of their massively popular action role-playing game Diablo from 1996.

Fast forward to June 2019, GOG is offering its customers an expansion pack, Hellfire as a free add-on for anyone who already purchased a copy. It was developed by Synergistic Software in 1997 but never carried Blizzard's seal of approval.

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Diablo: Hellfire Expansion Free on GOG

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Even though an unofficial expansion, Hellfire still appealed to players of this fan-favorite hack and slash classic title. It was re-released later in 1998 that came out in a bundle with original dungeon crawler and titled Diablo + Hellfire.

Hellfire explores a distinct single-player campaign in a non-canonical setting, which would send player back to Tristram to face off a demon named Na-Krul. For very first time, it included a Monk class, aside from new dungeons, items and weapons.

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Due to increasing fan demand, Blizzard has allowed GOG the permission needed to include it through a free update. Diablo: Hellfire obviously comes with essential bug fixes, high-resolution support and system compatibility update for Windows 10.

Though Diablo originally sold on GOG for $9.99 only, you can simply bag it to your collection in a 10% off right now on their Summer Sale Festival and get it for a great price of just $8.99 with Hellfire expansion tagged along for free.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Diablo Trademark Hints Netflix Series

Revealed by a recent trademark registration, Diablo animated series is currently in works to debut on Netflix.

Action role-playing hack and slash Diablo game franchise has a dedicated fan following that has been asking developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment for long to make an animated or live-action series that would complement the existing lore.

Back in September 2018, there was already a rumor of this beloved series being adapted into an animated TV show for streaming giant Netflix and now a recent trademark registration has reinforced that possibility even more.

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Diablo Trademark Hints Netflix Series

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Originally the news broke when screenwriter Andrew Cosby made a statement on Twitter that he is in talks to be showrunner for an animated series on Lord of Terror by Activision and Netflix, which is deleted later and was never mentioned.

Blizzard apparently filed property called Diablo for trademark and it is listed for "Downloadable films and movies featuring narratives based on a video game and provided via a video-on-demand service", which sounds an awful lot like Netflix streaming services.

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News of oncoming TV show and video games often gets spoiled by trademark registrations and looks like same thing happened to titular franchise. Recently, Cosby made another Tweet about a current super secret project that he wants to talk about soon.



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Following an immense success of Castlevania animated series, Netflix has seemingly lifted the curse of bad video game adaption and a Devil May Cry was confirmed on November 2018, followed by a recent announcement of Dragon's Dogma anime.

Fans of Diablo have been looking forward to something new from the series for so long, which concluded in major disappointment when Blizzard Entertainment decided to come up with announcement for upcoming mobile title Diablo Immortal at Blizzcon 2018.

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A major fan backlash followed for taking away a popular title from PC to mobile devices, which caused Blizzard's stock value to plummet. Players started criticizing, ridiculing and throwing shades at the company on social media and they ended up receiving a lot of hate.

Despite their early claim of working on several projects on the known franchise, there was no announcement for a TV show, which is odd. Because, contrary of whatever reaction they got, an official revelation of Diablo coming to Netflix would have cheered the PC gaming crowd after all.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Original Diablo Arrives on GOG

Original Blizzard classic action RPG game Diablo becomes available to digitally purchase on GOG.

Although developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment delivered dungeon crawler action RPG title Diablo III for Nintendo Switch, fans were not very happy when they announced the next game from the series, Diablo Immortal for mobiles only at BlizzCon 2018.

Dedicated fans were very unhappy with this direction studio chose to follow and faced heavy backlash. However, they would be glad knowing that PC version of original action based hack and slash game Diablo is now available digitally.

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Original Diablo Arrives on GOG

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Those having a hard time remembering how the game used to look like can take a glance at the trailer of the 1996 role-playing game.




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According to an official announcement found on Diablo III homepage, Blizzard partnered up with digital distribution platform by CD Projekt, GOG to sell copies of the game online in its original glory for the price of $9.99 only.

Players can also choose to pick up their copy from Battle.net store but this one will definitely be different from the one offered at GOG. While the former is completely unchanged as it was during launch, latter one is an enhanced version.

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Diablo on GOG Screenshot

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Also, better audio, resolution and screen refresh rates are a perks to GOG store along with other bug fixes. In case if you are looking for a dosage of nostalgia vibe out of the title, there is option for switch back to 20 FPS graphics too.

Though bringing the game to digital platform and made available to purchase for all doesn't make everything right but at least, this is a start towards a right direction and maybe someday soon we will also see the sequel, Diablo II arriving on online outlets as well.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Blizzard Confirms Overwatch Soldier: 76 to Be Gay

Blizzard subtly confirms another Overwatch hero to be a LGBTQ character within the fictional universe but there is more!

Although team-based multiplayer first-person shooter title Overwatch is not a game where players dive in for some story, it is really nice to enjoy when developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment adds a little bit of lore with animated shorts or single issue comics.

This adds back-story to certain characters and helps establish the fictional world the game is set on, which is one of the reasons why those little pieces mean a lot. Blizzard has come up with a short story titled "Bastet" that has to do with the sexuality of a character from Overwatch universe.

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Blizzard Confirms Overwatch Soldier: 76 to Be Gay

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The new visual story "Bastet" (not a comic though) bounty hunter Ana meets Jack Morrison AKA Soldier: 76 on the streets of Cairo and takes him to her hideout as he was wounded. None of them knew if the other is alive until this point following the destruction of their headquarters in Switzerland.

Jack was reminiscing about the old days and handed her a small stack of photos where she noticed a dark-haired man by his side in one of them. Jack identifies the person as Vincent, someone he had a relationship with when he was younger and then the plot continues.

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Jack Were With Vincent

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Previously, Blizzard has revealed the sexuality of their Damage hero Tracer from the known universe, where she is depicted to be a lesbian through a comic-book during Christmas 2016 that was about her spending holiday time with her girlfriend Emily.

However, the matter of LGBTQ representation in case of Soldier: 76 seem a bit out of place and unsatisfying. The confirmation from lead writer of the game Michael Chu about the relationship of Jack and Vincent feels a lot like J.K. Rowling's proclamation about Dumbledore being gay all along.

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If you have been following up about Blizzard Entertainment lately, then you already know that they are having a bad time with the fans right after the Diablo Immortal debacle from BlizzCon 2018 and then many of their original founders are leaving the company now after massive stock plummeting.

Most recently, the hero shooter faced a scandal surrounding a fake Overwatch player named Ellie who leaves the league team Second Wind due to harassment but then turn out to be a "social experiment" set up by streamers.

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Tracer Revealed to Be Lesbian

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So, even though the developers were quick to jump off to tackle this strange situation and confirmed Soldier: 76 to be gay is not because they are so diverse and inclusive about the game's cast but to score some virtue signaling points from minor communities.

Of course, it matters a lot to players from LGBTQ community, many of whom can now relate to the character more than ever and will even feel more driven towards Overwatch but without any previous indication of his sexuality anywhere else only makes their desperation obvious to everyone.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Blizzard Cancelled Heroes of the Storm eSports 2019

Blizzard axes down Heroes of the Storm eSports events for 2019 and will release less content in the future.

When Riot Games came up League of Legends and Valve with DOTA 2, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment responded by creating a multiplayer battle online arena game of their own that we know today as Heroes of the Storm in 2015.

Each year, these two competitor companies arrange international world championship events that attracts millions of viewers, whereas Blizzard literally struggles to get a steady bunch of spectators and now they are cancelling their 2019 eSports events.

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Blizzard Cancelled Heroes of the Storm Esports 2019

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Whenever it comes to take part in the world-class gaming events, every other renowned franchise in MOBA games offers massive prize pool for the winners and on that comparison Heroes of the Storm Global Championship (HGC) has very little to offer.

Moreover, the company is moving their resources from development teams away from the game to work on other unnamed projects. Company president J. Allen Brack states this to be a hard decision and also claims that such action has led to new games that they are proud of today.

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We do understand that saying such actions in past has brought us some of the biggest games they ever made, is just a desperate attempt to try and convince their fans who are very pissed at them these days due to their recent negligence to what the community really wants.

The step to scale back development of the game is caused by many new and unannounced projects they are currently working on. To help those stand on their feet, they decided to swing talented heads for their years of expertise and skills.

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Heroes of the Dorm Cancelled Too

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Without going into much deception, they also cleared out that even though they plan on continue supporting the game, fearing players may start outright abandoning the title but the devs will do that with a fewer flow of content release from this point.

The company has obviously choosing other priorities and it led them to cancel two of the major upcoming eSports events for Heroes of the Storm in 2019, HGC and Heroes of the Dorm series. Thanking the fans and players for their support, the official site has echoed somewhat the same dialogues.

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Ever since we got past the BlizzCon 2018 event, Blizzard Entertainment is slowly revealing their dark side that doesn't know what the fans want from them anymore and is constantly at fan backlash that started with the announcement of Diablo Immortal.

Only a month after that PR disaster, they are slowly cutting off support for Heroes of the Storm now. Blizzard has been taken over by Activision recently and the shareholders clearly want them to pursue projects that drive more money. This way, they will effectively kill popular franchises one by one in time.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Hearthstone Rastakhan's Rumble Single-Player Mode Rumble Run

Hearthstone adds new single-player mode Rumble Run for their newly released expansion Rastakhan's Rumble.

During the BlizzCon 2018 event, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment announced the newest expansion pack Rastakhan's Rumble for their free-to-play online collectible card game Hearthstone, which has now introduced a brand new single-player mode.

Titled Rumble Run, this mode is similar to the single-player content of the game like Dungeon Run and Monster Hunt. It will let you challenge AI opponents into deck-building puzzle and is made available from today, December 13, 2018 for Android and iOS devices, Mac and PC.

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Hearthstone Rastakhan's Rumble Single-Player Mode Rumble Run

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Even though the latest expansion came out on December 4, the solo mode waited a few weeks extra to drop in. The game lets players start as young troll Rikkar and pick a Shrine as his faction for the run to defeat champions from other factions in the arena.

You start with a class, 10 Health and with a weak deck to enter for your first match. For defeating a boss, you gain extra 5 Health each time and can gain up to 45 Health by the time the eighth and final boss arrives. Additionally, participants get new cards for each victory to make their deck stronger.

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The only setback of losing is that one has to start over and that is only understandable, right? People having the option to choose from different classes and explore the random elements scattered around are the appealing charm that gives it replay value.

Although Rastakhan's Rumble has been receiving mostly positive feedback from fans, some are complaining that the newest set is relatively weaker than the earlier and with modes like Rumble Run, there is always scope for newer cards to shine.

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For years now, Hearthstone has been a successful competitive collectible card game title from Blizzard that has millions of the fans engaged since 2014. A several few expansions later, the game is still relevant to the players and the developers continue to pour in contents for them.

Currently, the king of digital card game genre, the title has over 100 million registered players that are making hundreds of millions each year, generating one quarter of the total market revenue alone and such new experiences like Rumble Run will only keep it going.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Blizzard Black Friday Sale 2018

Battle.net unleashes Black Friday Deals 2018 for many running titles from Blizzard and Activision.

People are running amok for all the crazy Black Friday Deals of 2018 offered by Amazon, Best Buy and Gamestop on different consoles and games this holiday season. Battle.net also has an offer for Blizzard and Activision games on PC that will run till November 30.

To begin with, both of this publisher companies have some of the biggest video game titles under their belt that are popular among fans and they would love to get some sweet deals while the worldwide shopping hype lasts. We bet even you are among them.

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Blizzard Black Friday Sale 2018

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Blizzard Black Friday Deals 2018
Blizzard Entertainment's team-based multiplayer hero shooter Overwatch is always booming to the fans because of their ever increasing roster of playable heroes. Currently, there is a free trial offer on the game that will last until Monday, November 26.

You can access all of the 29 heroes from the roster as well as the newest inclusion of Ashe, who was introduced BlizzCon 2018. If you are looking to buy the game at the end of the trial period, you can get 62% off on the game's standard edition, 66% for legendary edition and 75% off for current owners of standard edition.

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Do not worry about your overall progress made during the time of this trial because they will be carried over on Battle.net once you purchase the game. The offers ends at November 28 at 11:59 PM PT, two days right after the free trial is over.

Dungeon crawler action role-playing title Diablo III comes at 50% off for the base game to help you stand against the Lord of Terror. The same offers goes for Reaper of Souls and Rise of the Necromancer expansion packs as well as Battle Chest.

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If you are a fan of Blizzard's real-time strategy game series StarCraft, then getting your hands on the StarCraft: Remastered, StarCraft II Announcers and StarCraft II Campaign Collection for a flat out 50% discount will be an offer you would jump for, right?

To satisfy your cravings for some MMORPG dose, the Standard, Digital Deluxe and Complete Collection Editions for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth expansion pack are currently on sale for up to a 20% off over them.

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Activision Black Friday Deals 2018
Turns out, multiplayer first-person shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 from the Black Ops sub-series has become one of the highest selling games of the year. We hope a 20% discount may encourage you a bit more to pick up from the standard, digital deluxe or digital deluxe enhanced edition.

Developer Bungie made Destiny 2: Forsaken as such a huge expansion, that one can consider it almost as a whole game. For a 35% price off, buy the Destiny 2 base game, Annual Pass bundle, Digital Deluxe or even Legendary Collection Edition before the offer expires.

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Other important gaming deals include a limited edition Spider-Man PS4 Pro Bundle for only $199.99, Nintendo Switch handheld console for just $259.99 after $40 off and $100 off on an Xbox One X, available at $399 only.

We have also covered up about "Steam Autumn Sale 2018" and "Xbox Black Friday Deals 2018" is our previous updates for the best buy offers of 2018 on selected video games and next-gen consoles so far. Go check them out before you miss out some of the great deals available this year.