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Blizzard Hopes to Release Diablo 3 in 2011, but Heart of the Swarm 'Unlikely'

Related Topics – Diablo III, Diablo 3, StarCraft 2, PC, Mac

Activision's announcement that we may not see a Blizzard game released in 2011 shed serious doubt on their two known projects: Diablo III and StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm. According to Blizzard, though, there's still hope for one of them this year.

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Daily Filter: December 22, 2010

Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.

Today's Filter marks the last installment before the holiday. Featured today is new media for Red Dead Redemption, Diablo 3, ModNation Racers, Serious Sam HD, Test Drive Unlimited 2, Trapped Dead, Lord of Arcana, Dead Rising 2: Case West, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Yakuza 4, and Magic: The Gathering - Tactics. Read more »

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Blizzard Exploring 'Diablo-Related Project' on Consoles

Related Topics – Diablo III, , xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Diablo 3, Rumor, PC, Mac

Blizzard has announced that it's hiring staff to explore what is described as a "Diablo-related project for consoles," after rumours were sparked by three job listings yesterday that the developer was creating a console port of Diablo 3.

"As we've said in the past," Blizzard explains on the Diablo 3 community site, "with proper care the gameplay could suit the console platform, and we're interested in seeing what talent out there might be interested in such a project." Read more »

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Diablo 3 Demon Hunter Hands-on Preview

Related Topics – Diablo III, , Diablo 3, Preview, PC, BlizzCon 2010

The fifth and final Diablo III character class was revealed at BlizzCon 2010 and is the Demon Hunter. I got a chance to play through an early part of the game as the ranged class and found the class to be quite fun.

Although the Demon Hunter is a ranged, weapon-using class, you will be able to utilize some dark magic for a few spells and special attacks. At present, the class felt a bit overpowered, but the game hasn't begun balance tuning and it could have also been setup for an easy, but enjoyable demo experience. Read more »

"If you wait until this game is somewhere near close to launch you'll be able to get a very ..."
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Diablo 3 PvP Arena Hands-on Preview

At BlizzCon 2010, Blizzard announced that at least part of the player-versus-player experience in Diablo III will take place in a team arena. I got a chance to play a three versus three match for about forty-five minutes.

Only three of the five classes were playable in PvP, but they were sufficiently powered-up with numerous skills. I tried all three and while I think I had the most success with the Wizard, the Barbarian and Witch Doctor both had effective abilities and combat roles. Read more »

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Diablo 3 PvP Arena Battles Announced

As well as revealing at BlizzCon that Diablo 3's fifth and final class is the Demon Hunter, Blizzard has announced that the action-RPG sequel will offer a player vs. player arena battle system complete with team fights, ranked games and matchmaking.

Taking place in carefully designed arenas--unlike Diablo 3's random dungeons--the battles will let you use "the character of your choice, with access to all of the gear and skills you've accumulated playing the game in single-player or cooperative mode." Read more »

"I would guess a definitive no, based on where PC games has headed lately."
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Diablo 3's Final Class Revealed: Demon Hunter

The fifth and final Diablo 3 class has been revealed at BlizzCon 2010 to be the Demon Hunter, a dark and mysterious ranged specialist who wields two crossbows.

The Demon Hunter boasts skills including 'Fan of Knives,' 'Molten Arrow,' 'Grenade,' 'Bola' and 'Entangling Shot'--seemingly a good mix of area-of-effect damage and crowd control. Brian's off to play with the class and will report back with his findings, if he can tear himself away from playing. Read more »

"I'm actually not sure why people are so surprised by this. I associate this terrible ..."
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BlizzCon 2010 Concert: Tenacious D with New Songs

The closing concert at BlizzCon 2010 will be headlined by Tenacious D (Jack Black and Kyle Gass), which will take the stage at the end of the two-day event on Saturday, October 23.

The performance will include "the debut of new, soon-to-be-legendary songs," according to Blizzard. BlizzCon 2009's concert featured Ozzy Osbourne.

Though the show is sold out, interested viewers will be able to see a steam of BlizzCon events, presentations, and the Tenacious D concert through DirecTV pay-per-view or a paid Internet stream. Read more »

"I wouldn't go as far as calling myself a fan, but I've enjoyed some of their work. The musical ..."
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Battle.net Authenticator Policy Changed

Blizzard has made a policy change to its Authenticator security devices and programs in an effort to better protect Battle.net game accounts.

Now, a single authenticator or installation of a mobile authenticator can only be attached to a single Battle.net account. If you already had multiple Battle.net accounts tied to a single auth, you will not need to purchase additional devices and it will continue to function as it has. Read more »

"Considering that you need to use an authenticator in the first place, if you compromise your ..."
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BlizzCon 2010 Event Schedule Revealed

A trio of Diablo 3 developer panels, talks on Blizzard's much-celebrated cinematics and assorted tournaments are amongst the festivities featured on the event schedule for BlizzCon 2010, revealed yesterday by Blizzard.

Naturally, you'll want to refer to the panel descriptions to see exactly what's what. Read more »

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Blizzard Details Diablo 3's Health System

Related Topics – Diablo III, , Diablo 3, PC

Blizzard has updated its Diablo III page with some details on the game's health system, which primarily utilizes health globes to restore the health of a player and his party without the use of potions or spells.

While much of this has been known for years, the Blizzard post does offer some insight into how boss encounters may work given the game's reduced focus on quaffing sweet potions. Read more »

"heh, taking 500 health pots everywhere and being basically immortal was kinda boring"
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Diablo 3 Crafting and Artisans Revealed

Adventurers in Diablo 3 will be followed by a caravan of artisans offering crafting services, developer Blizzard revealed at Gamescom 2010.

A blacksmith, mystic and jeweller will be discovered during the action RPG's main quest and essentially take over the crafting, socketing and combining duties of Diablo II's Horadric Cube. In true Diablo style, most items they create will have some random properties. Read more »

"Yay!!!! Way to boring it up! Kill Demons or make woven baskets? I just can't decide... ..."
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Blizzard Celebrates April Fools' Day with Dating Service, Blackthorne 2 and New Merch

Always one to get in the spirit of April Fools' Day 2010, esteemed developer Blizzard Entertainment (Diablo, StarCraft, World of Warcraft) has rolled out this year's gags.

First, Battle.net matchmaking to help you "find someone to pwn noobs with." Read more »

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Diablo 3 Screenshots Show Female Witch Doctor, Diablo 2 Patch 1.13 Due Today

Related Topics – Diablo 2, Diablo III, , Diablo 3, screenshots, PC

Blizzard today continues its sex-based Diablo III media blasts with new screenshots and artwork showing off the PC action RPG's previously-revealed female Witch Doctor, hot on the heels of recent revelations of the female monk and male wizard.

Blizzard has yet to reveal when Diablo III will be released--stating only that it won't be this year--but does concede they have "always announced all of our games too early." Read more »

"Point and click, kill, click loot. Where has the innovation gone? I missed it."
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Rob Pardo on Blizzard's Success and Failures

During his Game Developers Conference 2010 presentation, titled "Making a Standard (and Trying to Stick to it!): Blizzard Design Philosophies", Blizzard executive vice president of game design Rob Pardo discussed the company's past games and examined some of the successes and failures within these games.

The talk was obviously geared toward game developers, but I found it incredibly interesting to hear a Blizzard executive's opinion on which systems and game features were successes or failures. Additionally, past failures helped the company make improvements in a later game. Read more »

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