Archive for November, 2006

New Diablo 3 positions at Blizzard

For all the skeptics out there, the hunt for good animators continues.

The team behind Diablo I and II is looking for a skilled Senior 3D Character Animator. The ideal candidate has experience animating both human and non-humanoid characters. A solid grasp of the principles of body movement, anticipation, overshoot, follow-through, squash and stretch, forward and inverse kinematics and other facets of both 2D and 3D animation is essential. The ideal candidate works well in an environment of peers who are passionate about making great games.

There’s also another brand new opening at Blizzard – Cinematic Artist. I’m really excited by this one. Diablo 2 cinematics were a beauty to behold and enhanced the story so much.

It’s pretty obvious the cinematic artist will not be working on the WoW expansion as it’s already in public beta. I hope they are already thinking about a trailer.

Diablo Card Game?

Diablo card gameBlizzard recently released a trading card game which is set in the World of Warcraft.

One of the best parts of the WoW card game is that you can get a loot card that you can actually turn into loot within the WoW game itself.

Think about Diablo now. It’s virtually the same concept.

You got heros which will turn into hero cards.

The spells will be spells and a few summons could be added for each hero class. I’d like an Ice sorceress, thank you!

Also, I’m very excited about the whole concept of a Loot cards:

Randomly inserted into some booster packs are the legendary Loot™ cards! Loot™ cards have a scratch-off code that can be used to obtain an unique or rare items in the online game, such as a unique pet, tabard or mount! These cards are very rare…a player who finds one will likely be the envy of his or her entire realm!

From what I’ve heard legendary cards will be incredibly rare. Imagine having to collect a whole legendary set. If Diablo 3 is successful, there’s a pretty good chance Blizzard will do another TCG – this time a Diablo one. Amen.

Burning Crusade public beta

Burning CrusadeFinally. It feels like we’ve been waiting for an year for Blizzard to get the public beta out (ever since E3 really).

I’ve just “upgraded” my WoW account and I’ve started downloading the client. It’s a helfty 2GB download but I’m already at 30%, so I got nothing to complain about.

I am semi-excited about the whole expansion thing. However, what I am really excited about is that finally Blizzard have NO EXCUSE.

Up till now, it was like “sorry, we’re working on the Burning Crusade, we have to keep our other projects a secret, ‘cos fans can’t handle the excitement of more than one Blizz game!”

Get the goddam expansion out and focus on Diablo 3!

Update: As of the 15th, the WoW Expansion is in stores. Go and get yours!

Gamespot: Diablo 3 existence confirmed

Gamespot is not known for spreading rumors. The list of Diablo 3 news is getting pretty long. Here’s the list according to Gamespot:

Gamespot were kind enough to call Blizzard, only to get the following “official story”:

As it has in the past, Blizzard danced around any inquires about the status–or existence–of Diablo 3. “We love the Diablo universe and are definitely interested in returning to it at some point in the future,” a rep told GameSpot. “However, at this time, we’re wholly focused on completing the upcoming expansion for World of Warcraft.”

I bet there are at least two development teams working on games at Blizzard. So my guess is Diablo’s development (or Starcraft 2!) hasn’t slowed down, just because WoW’s expansion has been delayed. More likely, it’s the marketing guys whose hands are full with card games and what not!

Update: Blizzcon has just been announced – August 3 and 4. Let’s see what kind of game announcements Blizzard will make. My biggest hope is they don’t put off Diablo 3 because of Starcraft 2.

Blizzard interview: Mike Morhaime

Blizzard interview Mike MorhaimeRecently, I posted an IGN interview with Paul Sams, Blizzard’s COO.

Now comes another – Mike Morhaime, Blizzard’s President answers a few questions about upcoming games (and possibly Diablo 3).

Q: Do you have a war chest now that you can use to do other things?
A: We have a number of other projects in the works. We can’t talk about them yet. They haven’t been announced.

Q: In the MMO space?
A: In general, broadly.

A few questions later, we get a console question.

Q: Starcraft Ghost?
A: Starcraft Ghost is on ice.
Q: Why?
A: It became pretty clear to us that we were late in the platform transition. We were on the wrong platform and were quickly running out of time to iterate and polish the game. We decided to pull the plug on working on old generation and we shifted all of our resources to working on next-generation platforms. There were a lot of things that we learned working on it. We’ll hopefully be able to leverage a lot of that with our next-generation games.

Q: Do you have a chance to do something like Microsoft did with Kameo, which started on the GameCube and moved to the Xbox before it was published on the Xbox 360?
A: At this point, we’re evaluating all of our options.

I think the key phrase
here is “we shifted all of our resources to working on next-generation platforms”. As with everything Blizzard, you’ll find little more than a few vague statements but it seems like two things stand out:

1) There’s still a pretty good chance for Diablo 3 to be a MMO
2) Games are still being developed for the new gen of consoles (like Xbox 360 and PS3).

I really hope they don’t go after cheap video game movies like Doom.

Playstation 3 out in Japan

Finally, Playstation 3 (プレイステーション 3) arrives in Japan. As of Saturday morning, the PS3 is here.

Playstation 3 JapanUnfortunately, the same cannot be said about Diablo 3 but what the heck.

I have prepared myself to be patient. No one ever managed to rush Blizzard anyway.

Here’s the first guy to get a Playstation 3 though:

“I thought that Yodobashi Multimedia Akiba would have them in stock. There were so many people I thought I wouldn’t be able to buy one, so I’m really happy,” said Okawa, who said he had waited outside the store since about 10 p.m. the previous evening.

I do remember waiting in line for the Diablo 2 expansion. It was fun because all the guys on the line were fans as well.

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