Starblo. That was the actual codename Blizzard gave to a prototype sci-fi-themed Diablo-clone - as revealed by Shacknews in an interview snippet with David Craddock about his upcoming book on Blizzard Entertainment, Stay Awhile and Listen. Apparently, a team at Blizzard North were toying with the idea of propelling Diablo's slot-machine formula into space shortly after Diablo 2's launch.
A developer journal posted today by Diablo 3 Senior Technical Designer Wyatt Cheng cast a portal of illumination on planned touchups to crowd control (CC) abilities in patch 1.0.5. After considering duration reductions and implementing diminishing returns, Wyatt and his team decided to provide Hell's minions with stacking CC resistance up to a certain percentage.
Batten down the virtual hatches, Battle.net has been breached. Blizzard has posted notification of an illegal intrusion into its network during which e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords were accessed.
For players on North American servers, the intruders also accessed secret question answers and information relating to Authenticators, but Blizzard does not believe enough information was stolen to access accounts. The company also states that it does not have evidence suggesting real names, addresses, or credit card numbers were accessed.
I spent hundreds of hours with my guildmates last year, chatting online while downing dragons, super-villains, and other big bads. But every now and then, it’s good for a team’s morale to drop the daggers, get out of the house, and just hang out with each other.
More and more MMOs are hosting annual conventions to help their players do just that. But it’s not just the games that make each convention different — the theme, style, and length all vary as well. We've attended and rated the biggest of them inside...
This week, Tyler and Evan share a detailed verdict on Max Payne 3, look forward to Guild Wars 2, reflect on T.J.'s Celtic adventures in Civ 5: Gods 'n Kings, report on the state of the Diablo III real money auction house, and think about what we'd do to improve modern MMO design. We end with another episode of Day Z Storytime from Evan.
PC Gamer US Podcast 320: Bananas and Bananas
E3 happened last week, and we're here to talk about the embarrassment of riches that has emerged. On this week's podcast, we chat about Watch_Dogs awe inducing gameplay, how Planetside 2 is evolving the shooter,
Dishonored's rat-summoning, whether The Old Republic really needs a new level cap and much more. Beyond that, we've got our playlists, and you can find out about Josh's Diablo III based charity.
PC Gamer US Podcast 319: E3 Adventures
This week Josh, Evan, Tyler and T.J. talk about what it means for Diablo 3 to be the PC's fastest-selling game as we do some critiquing of its bosses and item drops balancing. We also touch on the TOR layoffs, leaked information that sheds light on Bungie's development of a massively multiplayer-style sci-fantasy, over-hyphenated action-shooter for the PC, and RO2's new patch. At 55:00, Evan shares a tale from Day Z.
PC Gamer US Podcast 317: Bosses From Hell
If you feel compelled to take Diablo III's ominous melodies with you everywhere, its 23-track album in now available for $12/£11 on iTunes. It'll make every walk to the store feel 10 times more perilous -- or, just set the first track to loop to simulate the log in experience, and it's like you're playing Diablo III wherever you are!
Diablo 3 happened this week. We gathered to talk about the server frustrations, our characters (Josh's Witch Doctor build is best described as "throwing animals at people"), our favorite abilities, and what we aren't liking. We also brainstorm what new character class we'd like to see in a Diablo 3 expansion.
After that, Evan gushes about Day Z, the open-world zombie survival mod for Arma 2.
PC Gamer US Podcast 316: Diablo 3, Day Z
We joke about all the clicking in Diablo III, but broken mice and swollen wrists are no joke. They're bad things which make us sad. A good mouse is an important part of a balanced click-fest, so we've tested a selection of mice we think are best suited for Hell, as well as a few we don't recommend.
Note: If you're tired of Diablo III coverage, simply mentally replace any mention of it with "Torchlight II."
Diablo 3 has a secret. It won't tell you, but you don't actually have to select one skill from each of the categories (Primary, Defensive, etc.) that it forces on you. You can pick any seven skills in your entire arsenal for your active set, but that capability is disabled by default. We show you how to enable it in 10 seconds flat.
Diablo III is finally here -- will it reclaim the throne Diablo II built 12 years ago? We don't know yet, because we aren't for-reals wizards, but we do know that a great many of you will be playing it, so we’re covering the Diablo III launch with unprecedented gusto and a landmark amount of verve. Check this page, and the site's front page all this week for the best and most comprehensive Diablo III coverage on the web. We don't call ourselves the "Diablo III Action News Team" for nothing. We call ourselves that because we wanted to take the photo above.
One of the most rewarding parts of our job is empowering people to build their own PCs. Diablo 3 is one of those games that a lot of former PC gamers (and mouse-curious console owners) are going to be making the jump in order to play. Is that you, or someone you know? We've taken the liberty of building a rig that will guarantee you an excellent demon-slaughtering experience and comfortably hits the game's recommended specs. We've also included a few choice upgrades, if you have piles of gold you don't know what to do with.
Building the best character in Diablo 3, whether you picked Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk or Witch Doctor, can be tough. There are a dizzying number of options, but here are a few of our personal favorites, with full skill builds, playstyle explanations and stat recommendations for each.
Yesterday, we asked prominent developers around the industry which class they'll be playing in Diablo 3 and why. But maybe you're still undecided on which of Diablo 3’s five classes you’re going to roll when the game goes live Tuesday. Check out these personal ads to help you pick which one fits your style.
This morning Owen and I cracked open the Diablo 3 Collector's Edition that'll soon be winging its way to fans in advance of the game's release on Tuesday. This super special version of Diablo includes the soundtrack, making-of DVD and an art book as well as exclusive in-game bonus items and Battle.net goodies.
There's also a USB Soulstone - not the most secure Soulstone that Owen has ever felt, apparently - that contains a full version of Diablo 2 plus the Lord of Destruction expansion. In the video I mistakenly say that it includes the first Diablo game as well, but this isn't the case. Check out the full unboxing below.
As Diablo III draws near, those new to the series may be asking: “What, exactly, are these ugly loot pinatas I’m slaughtering in droves for gold and shiny new weapons?” The Diablo universe has a long and detailed history, and if you’re an unrepentant lore hound like I am, you already know how deep it goes. But Diablo II was released 12 years ago, so there's no shame in brushing up. This is the short version, for those who want more context on the game’s world and story in a neat blood-soaked package.
Today is Free Comic Book Day in North America—a magical day when comic book shops hand out a free comic to everyone that swings by their store. If you're reading this on Saturday, you really should swing by your local comic shop and absorb some great geek culture.
And as well-rounded geeks at PC Gamer, we share your unrestrainable urge to own awesome things and understand that you'll likely feel compelled to buy a few comic books related to video games while you're there. Here are three that I read this week and what I thought of them to help you make your picks.
Dungeon crawler Diablo 3 introduces Battle.net’s Global Play, a system that lets players from around the world crawl those dungeons together. A FAQ posted on Battle.net details what exactly it’s going to involve.
Blizzard have included three main regions to play in - The Americas (North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia), Europe (European Union, Eastern Europe, Russia, Africa, and Middle Eastern countries such as Israel and the United Arab Emirates) and Asia (South Korea and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau). It’s a fairly loose interpretation of continental geography.
Here's the link. You've been tantalised before, but now the Diablo 3 beta is officially open! For this weekend at least. All you need is a valid Battle.net account, a Battletag, and and the Diablo 3 client. The beta gives you the chance to play to up to level 13 as any of the five classes on offer - I'm a monk kinda-guy myself. Blizzard have put up a handy FAQ on their official blog.
Diablo 3 is getting released next month. And, unless the Blizzard HQ inplodes into itself in the next few weeks, it's going to be something very special indeed. Tom has played through the thing nine times, and he's only just managing to hold off his tenth playthrough.
Let us know how you get on in the comments. Enjoy!