Archive for December, 2006

Happy New 2007!

Update (June 28): Diablo 3 has been announced at the WWI in Paris. You can now review the Diablo 3 trailer, screenshots, as well as demo.

A Happy New Year to all Diablo fans. Hopefully the new year will bring some good news on Diablo 3.

Hell Frozen Over

Indeed, Hell has frozen over. Only problem is Diablo 3 is in development hell, frozen.

The new trailer

Things at Blizzard are rather hectic with the whole Burning Crusade. Take a look at the trailer they’ve released for the incoming expansion (courtesy of Gootube).

Now tell me that it doesn’t look like a Diablo 3 trailer! For the first 60 seconds or so. Portals, banishing, etc.

Another Blizzard team leaves

Bill Roper and company are not alone anymore. Another team has left Blizzard, this time it’s guys working on WoW, not on Diablo II.

The new company is called RED 5 and consists mainly of World of Warcraft developers. They’ve managed to raise $18.5 million in funding, which is approximately half the money Vivendi says it needs to make a MMO. I guess keeping it small might be cheaper.

Mark Kern, RED 5′s CEO, had these comments in a recent interview.

“We’re not really a PC company or a PlayStation or 360 company,” he said. “We’re really about building an MMO as a platform. Because you’ve got essentially what’s a supercomputer on the backend, the question for us as game makers is what to do with that. We’ve barely scratched the surface.”

“Our goal is to continue to build our team, and this funding allows us to do that while building that technology base that can be used across multiple games, too.

I’m still at a loss about what their specific game plan is. Are they developing a platform for other developers or just a normal game. Hopefully, it’s the latter. I’d like to see more good MMOs coming out.

Diablo 3 keyboard layout

Alwyn B has gone out of his way to think of a way to make Diablo 3 less of a click-fest.

Diablo 3 keyboard layout

The layout assumes that Diablo 3 will be similar to Diablo 2 in terms of its isometric perspective. It might be that Diablo 3 is more flexible – like WoW or Hellgate.

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