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  • Second Expansion Could Come to Diablo 3

    diablo 3 second expansionDiablo 3 took off to a rocky start, but since it's console adaptation, and the changes that went into the game since the 2.0 patch, the game is now enjoyed by a large audience worldwide. The first expansion pack, Reaper of Souls, was quite a success, and it has helped it to propel the game forwards in terms of gameplay and content quality.

    However, many Diablo 3 players have now made their way through the content available in the Reaper of Souls expansion, and that has left a lot of players without much left to do in the game.

    Good news if you happen to fall into that crowd, because Blizzard have been looking into the possibilities of releasing another expansion pack for Diablo 3 in the near future. Whilst it hasn't been confirmed yet, Blizzard are taking player's opinions and using this to gauge whether a second expansion pack is needed for the latest Diablo game.

    The development studio working on Diablo 3 have stated that they are "still evaluating" future possibilities for the franchise, but after Diablo's recent success, it would make sense that Blizzard have at least something in plan in terms of new gameplay content.

    We'll have to wait to see whether Blizzard acts on this. Hopefully we will see another expansion for Diablo 3 fairly soon, but if not, there's always the possibility of a completely new title for the franchise, although this would admittedly take a lot longer to reach our consoles.

  • Diablo 3 is Coming to Xbox One

    diablo 3Blizzard has confirmed that Diablo 3 will be coming to the Xbox One, amidst concerns that the game has not given a proper introduction to players using Xbox consoles. Lead producer for Diablo 3, Alex Mayberry stated in an interview with VideoGamer that, "I don't know where we are with Microsoft right now so I can't really comment on what that contract looks like. The point is we are developing for Xbox One and PS4 simultaneously. We hit those major platforms and then our goal as a development team is to make them run."

    "We have that pipeline worked out, and then Blizzard and Microsoft can work out whatever they work out."

    Many fans have been interested in a Diablo 3 for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, especially seeing as the first expansion pack for the title, Reaper of Souls, was released earlier this week for PC and Mac.

    Blizzard has also confirmed that there will be a bundle pack for the PlayStation 4 which will be named the Ultimate Evil Edition - this bundle will come with Diablo 3 and the Reaper of Souls expansion. It's possible that there could be an Xbox One version of this bundle pack in the works too.

    For now though, players will have to put up with playing the latest expansion on a PC or Mac if they are eager to play it as soon as possible. The PlayStation 4 won't be too long away though, either.

  • Diablo 3

    Error 37

    For those of you who have waited a decade to play Diablo III, was it as good as you imagined? Well we all may have our own opinions on what we like/dislike about the PC game thus far, but I think we can all agree that connection errors were a problem we all hated.

    When it came to launch time many of us had the game downloaded and installed; all we were waiting for was the servers to open up so we could set our eyes upon the Blizzard created madness known as Diablo III. However, once the hour came, what were we hit with was "Error 37" which for those of you who don't know, is an error message saying that the servers are busy. Now that is not to say all of us had problems connecting at first, but at one point or another it has happened. However, the major problem with Diablo III hasn't had anything to do with the game itself, the mechanics or the visuals, but rather with the connection errors. Knowing you have a well done game in front of you, but you're constantly having server issues is insanely frustrating. So, is Blizzard going to work out the kinks? Let's hope so!

  • Could One Country Mess with Diablo III's Release?

    South Korea Has Some Issues with Diablo III's Auction Mechanics

    In South Korea, Blizzard games are huge. And when I mean huge, I mean it's their national sport. In other countries, soccer or baseball is broadcast over the airwaves. In South Korea, it's Starcraft. While Starcraft has its following in the country, Diablo has its own in Korea and throughout the world.

    However, the country's governmental Game Rating Board could delay Diablo III's launch. According to The Korea Times, the reason is because of Diablo III's in-game virtual auction and how sensitive the government is to concept of gambling, especially on "jackpot items" in the game as well as being able to generate real money from "cashing out" at the Auction House.

    "Committee members are conflicted about what to do with Diablo III...because of (its American developer) Blizzard's information on the game's 'auction house' feature."

    In response to this, Blizzard is getting rid of the "cashing out" part of their Real Money Auction House feature. This feature is known to turn in-game money into real money. Blizzard also stated that Diablo III will get a simultaneous global release but the Korean government's Game Rating Board's could put a damper on it. A spokesperson for Blizzard told The Korea Times that they are committed to a global release.

    SOURCE:
    http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/biz/2012/01/123_102230.html

  • World of Warcraft is Old!

    The World's Most Popular MMORPG Turns Seven.

    You know, it's funny. These days when a developer makes a great game, things can change within a few months. Either it will be populating the used game section of your local Gamestop or Walmart has recently slash its price in half.

    However for World of Warcraft (the probable reason that I have no social life) has just seven. You heard me, seven, which is the same age of the average Horde player. Actually, when you think about it, maybe seven is a bit too young to state the game's age. The reason why is because the game was announced back in 2001.  Which would mean that it is actually ten years old.

    WOW was released in the states and in Australia on November 23, 2004. To this day it remains to be a best seller in all of its past holiday seasons with millions of copies sold.


    SOURCE:
    http://kotaku.com/5862434/good-lord-world-of-warcraft-is-old?autoplay

  • World of Warcraft has not reached its peak yet

    The world's largest MMORPG hasn't reached its peak and has lots of potential, according to Blizzard.

    Back in 2010, World of Warcraft obtaineda high number of 12 million+ subscribers to its game. But recently, the company's most recent stats show that the game has lost nearly 600,000 members. It is probably due to the rise of F2P (free to play) games showing up and taking people away from WOW, which runs on a paid subscription platform.With the rising number of free-to-play games, some think WOW's gone the way of the gaming industry's dodo, Everquest.

    Blizzard doesn't think so, and states you shouldn't either. In an interview with MCV, Michael Ryde (Blizzard's International Vice President)said that while a lot of free games are being released constantly, it leaves a lot of opportunities for Blizzard and WOW to grow. He stated with a launching in Brazil this year and the stated numbers from it losses report were made from data of China before they got their copies of the latest WOW expansion (Cataclysm), there are a lot of elements to show both the game and the company are growing. Which means we shouldn't worry about the drop in numbers.

    He then added that changes to the game's free trial (like having players trial run up to level 20 instead of 10) will contribute to getting more people interested in the game itself.

    Knowing Blizzard, in this Ambassador's opinion, they got something up their sleeves. And they are doing this while running Project Titan (an ultra-secret MMORPG), future Starcraft expansions, Diablo 3's release, and numerous patches to WOW. Blizzard will get their number of subscribers up and get back those who walked away from the game (like me and my level 85 Holy Human Paladin with 357 gear level armor and weapons on Shadow Council-US RP server).

  • Diablo 3 Community Site Is Operational

    Its been a long time coming, and now there is light on the horizon for fans of the famed Diablo series. Blizzard has recently opened an online community for Diablo 3, featuring forums, videos, guides, and much more to satisfy the needs of Diablo gamers.

    It gives Diablo fans the opportunity to get together before the release of the game, and plan out their battle strategies long before the fight begins. From the looks of it there is still no solid release date planned for Diablo 3, but one thing is certain: the new online community brings us one step closer to the action.

    Diablo has been a mainstay in the gaming community for years, for example, I spent many hours of my youth in the world of Diablo 2. The Diablo series is popular for good reason, with stunning graphics and detailed game play Diablo is among the best of PC games.

    My hope is that the release of the online community is a signal that gamers are closer to the release of Diablo 3. At the very least, a beta version of the game could be on the near horizon, and accordingly the excitement surrounding the game is back in the mainstream consciousness of gamers. I personally have a huge connection to the Diablo series, and I cannot wait for more developments on the pending Diablo 3 title.

    Go ahead and check out the forum! Hopefully it will reignite your excitement as it has mine, and we can all start preparing to conquer Diablo 3s universe.

    Link:

    http://us.battle.net/d3/en/game/

  • Blizzard is serious on bringing Diablo to consoles.

    Blizzard contemplates on bringing Diablo III to PS3, XBOX, and/or Wii-U in the future

    Blizzard has in the pastshown interest about having Diablo III or a Diablo-related concept on gaming consoles when they were asked about such an idea. Well lately, it seems they are thinking more seriously about the concept more and more.

    Recently at Blizzard's press conference at Germany's Gamescom,Josh Mosqueira, Diablo III lead designer, stated that he is"very, very serious" about bringing some undefined "experience" to platforms beyond PC gaming. That interpreted means he and his team at Blizzard are likely on trying to bring the experience to consoles.

    "Today, we're trying to build the best console team at Blizzard...we're looking for programmers, designers and artists who think their dream job would be to bringDiablo to the console."

    While Mosquiera didn't state it was for the Xbox 360, the PS3, or the upcoming Wii-U console, he did say that we should be excited for such an idea and "stay tuned" for any upcoming news. Come to think about it, Blizzcon is coming up soon. One could guess that "stay tuned" means "wait until Blizzcon for our announcement".

    Knowing how Blizzard operates with windows of time between product announcements and shipments while maintaining their current games, there is no given or educated guess on when (or if) Diablo can be played on console system. One can hope that one of these days we can be playing Necromancer a high-definition cow level on Xbox Live.

    http://kotaku.com/5831943/blizzard-is-very-very-serious-about-diablo-for-consoles

    http://kotaku.com/5690583/blizzard-seeking-diablo-iii-talent-for-console-development

  • Cataclysm, fastest selling PC Game of All time

    Games / Industry News -
    Warcraft Expansion to be Fastest Selling PC Game out there.

    Blizzard announced that they have sold over 4.7 million copies of Cataclysm (with 3.3 million on its opening day/midnight release). While technically it isn't a full game, as it is an expansion, it did beat out the previous holder of the title. Guess what it is? No, not Hello Kitty's Island Adventure (sorry Butters), but the previous expansion Wraith of the Lich King.

    This is a surprise, when an expansion is beating out full games. I guess Blizzard knows how to keep the PC people happy, by responding immediately to community demand and making us give into our addiction. Now if you excuse me, I gotta find out why I'm not geared enough for my Holy Human Paladin to get into Heroic Deadmines.


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