Builds, Guides, and News for Diablo 4

World First Diablo 2 + LoD Speed Run in Under 1 Hour World First Diablo 2 + LoD Speed Run in Under 1 Hour Another weird one today, as we have the entirety of Diablo 2 and the Lord of Destruction expansion getting speed run (without any glitches/hacks etc.) solo in under an hour! It took Slimo 59 minutes and 29 seconds to get to Baal and down him, with a lot of time spent on leveling to 18 for Teleport, followed by a looot of blinking around the various maps and spamming Nova and Static Field all over the place. The probably biggest moment (aside from Diablo and Baal dying) comes at the 27 minute mark, when a massive amount of farming the first pack in the Jail level 1 results in the big Teleport breakthrough, at which point the speed takes off and acts melt away, with the entirety of act 5 actually taking less than 6 minutes! Blizzard Blizzard 7 comments May 29, 2020 at 07:40 by Starym
Diablo 2 Remaster? A Classic Revival to Be Announced at IGN Summer Diablo 2 Remaster? A "Classic Revival" to Be Announced at IGN Summer IGN's Summer of Gaming event has posted a schedule for their June events, which has brought up some interesting questions and theories. We know Blizzard are participating in the event and one of the entries on the schedule is labeled as an "Unannounced Classic Revival", without any attribution for which studio it belongs to. As we all know, Diablo 2 remaster rumors have been swirling around since BlizzCon 2018, with the recent Diablo: Resurrected one having stirred things up (the one about Activision-owned studio Vicarious Visions working on the remaster and it coming out this year). Blizzard Blizzard 4 comments May 27, 2020 at 20:44 by Starym
BlizzCon 2020 Cancelled, New Plans Being Worked On BlizzCon 2020 Cancelled, New Plans Being Worked On Unfortunately it seems we won't have a BlizzCon this year at all, not even in digital form, with Blizzard working on something for early next year. The esports events will continue, however, presumably as standalone entries. BlizzCon BlizzCon 10 comments May 26, 2020 at 19:43 by Starym
Could Diablo 4 Be Closer than Expected? Could Diablo 4 Be Closer than Expected? Blizzard's Diablo 4 release timeline has never been outright stated, and the most accurate piece of info on the matter we have is from BlizzCon, where we learned it was "not even Blizzard soon", implying quite a few more years of development were to come. However, the demo that was presented at the convention looked very polished, and even if it was a vertical slice, it was quite far along, which has prompted many discussions on the game's potential 2021 or 2022 release date. Diablo IV D4 5 comments May 19, 2020 at 04:53 by Starym
Diablo 4 Quarterly Update Coming Around End of June Diablo 4 Quarterly Update Coming Around End of June Some news on the Diablo 4... well news, as the official twitter has commented that the second quarterly update is being "aimed" at the end of June! In   the February update we heard and saw a lot about the UI and the Cannibal monster family, and got the great news that the game would be playable on controller on PC, with detailed explanations and images, so hopefully we get another great update in June as well. We also learned that the first encrypted build for Diablo 4 may have made its way to the Blizzard CDN earlier today, so check that story out as well. Diablo IV D4 May 09, 2020 at 01:29 by Starym
Encrypted Diablo 4 Build 23041 Pushed to D4 Vendor CDN Encrypted Diablo 4 Build 23041 Pushed to D4 Vendor CDN Blizzard today pushed what appears to be the first encrypted Diablo 4 client to the Diablo 4 Vendor CDN under code name Fenris. Diablo IV D4 May 08, 2020 at 17:25 by Stan
Activision Blizzard Q1 2020 Earnings Call: Shadowlands Still Planned for 2020 Activision Blizzard Q1 2020 Earnings Call: Shadowlands Still Planned for 2020 Blizzard had 32 million monthly active users in the first quarter of 2020. WoW's community increased further driven by both new and returning players. Shadowlands is still planned for 2020. Blizzard Blizzard 2 comments May 05, 2020 at 20:39 by Stan
Virtual Take Your Child to Work Day at Blizzard Virtual Take Your Child to Work Day at Blizzard Last Thursday was Take Your Child to Work Day and Blizzard initially planned on hosting on-campus activities for Blizzard's parents and their kids, but due to COVID-19, they had to get creative and host it online, so they've come up with some epic art tutorials with Samwise Didier and storytelling by Chris Metzen. Blizzard Blizzard Apr 24, 2020 at 23:09 by Stan
Amazing Diablo 1 Trailer Remake With a Lot of New Footage Amazing Diablo 1 Trailer Remake With a Lot of New Footage This was an unexpected treat, as Benmonor surprised us with Diablo Respawned, a full and actual true remake of the Diablo 1 trailer! From its start you might assume it's just a remaster with improved graphics (which we've already seen), but we not only get new parts added to the original, but also an entirely new second half! It's even more impressive when you find out that the project took him 40 days to make and he did it all alone. Blizzard Blizzard 3 comments Apr 13, 2020 at 19:28 by Starym
Blizzard on BlizzCon 2020 in Light of COVID-19 Blizzard on BlizzCon 2020 in Light of COVID-19 Blizzard have spoken out about BlizzCon plans related to the current pandemic, talking about the situation as it stands now and it seems there's no specific news to share just yet, but they are still working on the convention, and seem to hint at a possible online only version if necessary. BlizzCon BlizzCon 1 comment Apr 09, 2020 at 17:04 by Starym
Diablo 4 Assassin Fan Concept Diablo 4 Assassin Fan Concept We have some impressive fan work on display here, as Jonathan Lee has put in a lot of effort on his Diablo 4 Assassin visual concept. The character really seems to fit in to the art style and atmosphere the game is going for, and there's a lot to check out - with concept art for the base class idea, additional sets and looks, weapons (including katars), traps and more!

While the main rumor/leak at the moment is that the final two D4 classes are in fact the Amazon and Paladin, we could still see the Assassin in the base game, and if not there will be plenty of additions to D4 after its launch, since the base game is like "the first chapter in a book".

Let's take a look at some of Jonathan's work and you can check out the rest of it here.
Diablo IV D4 8 comments Apr 07, 2020 at 09:03 by Starym
25 Years of Warcraft Anniversary Video 8K Upscale 25 Years of Warcraft Anniversary Video 8K Upscale The last few Upscale videos haven't been that impressive, as the newer things they upgraded were already pretty good to start with, and I assumed this one would be the same. But, as the video has plenty of footage from older games, it's very much worth taking a look at, especially the comparison in the second half. Also it's a pretty good video in general, so why not check it out again: Blizzard Blizzard 6 comments Apr 05, 2020 at 17:38 by Starym
The Blizzard April Fools Archive and Highlights The Blizzard April Fools Archive and Highlights After the recent re-emergence of the one day a year that's officially allowed to be funny and the official Blizzard patch notes that came with it, we wanted to go back and check out older editions of this now tradition. It turns out Blizzard actually has an archive for their April Fools posts, which is good news, but they also stopped updating it in 2015, which is bad news. Blizzard Blizzard 2 comments Apr 04, 2020 at 06:07 by Starym
The Best WarCraft Meme(s) of All Time The Best WarCraft Meme(s) of All Time Now, this isn't actually related to April Fools (and we'll be doing a roundup of all the crazy stuff related to that at the end of the day), but it seemed appropriate to get into the humorous mood of the day. Everyone will have probably seen this one at some point, as it's a very old one, but it's still one of the best memes/copypasta that's every been in WarCraft, and we have it reforged to boot! This latest version adds quite a bit to the classic, and itself has been around a while, but I'd dare say it's the best version of the joke so far.

Full disclosure: I've been looking for a reason to post this one for months now. Thanks April Fools!
Blizzard Blizzard 4 comments Apr 01, 2020 at 18:52 by Starym
Blizzard Sending Out Classic Burning Crusade Character Creation Surveys Blizzard Sending Out Classic Burning Crusade Character Creation Surveys Blizzard has started sending out surveys about Classic Burning Crusade character creation to players, similar to how they handled the Shadowlands level squish surveys back in June 2019 with the goal to find out how the transition from Classic to Burning Crusade would be handled. Blizzard Blizzard 15 comments Mar 27, 2020 at 21:47 by Stan
Diablo Community Manager Nevalistis Leaves Blizzard Diablo Community Manager Nevalistis Leaves Blizzard Diablo Community Manager Nevalistis is leaving Blizzard to pursue something new. Blizzard Blizzard 2 comments Mar 27, 2020 at 17:14 by Stan
Blizzard Provides Staff with Care Packages During Lockdown Blizzard Provides Staff with Care Packages During Lockdown Blizzard gave its staff care packages with essentials such as soap, paper towels, and toilet paper amid the coronavirus lockdown. Blizzard Blizzard 2 comments Mar 24, 2020 at 14:33 by Stan
Rod Fergusons Diablo 4 Tweets, Art Director Images Rod Ferguson's Diablo 4 Tweets, Art Director Images The new head of the Diablo franchise, Rod Ferguson, recently got to work and managed to check out the goods on D4 for a few days before the Corona isolation kicked in, and teased several things through his twitter. The biggest detail shared was that he's seen the art and image archive and it's "nightmare fuel": Diablo IV D4 1 comment Mar 21, 2020 at 19:30 by Starym
Best Starter Builds for Path of Exile: Delirium Best Starter Builds for Path of Exile: Delirium As you many of you likely already know, the latest Path of Exile league went live yesterday, alongside the release of Diablo 3's Season 20. We've put together a list of the best starters from our sister site, PoE Vault! Icy Veins Icy Veins 5 comments Mar 15, 2020 at 08:15 by Blainie
Blizzard Implementing Work from Home Policy Due to Coronavirus Blizzard Implementing Work from Home Policy Due to Coronavirus Blizzard are joining several other gaming companies in instituting a work from home policy due to the dangers of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, after the President of the United States issued a national emergency related to the outbreak in the US. Blizzard Blizzard 8 comments Mar 14, 2020 at 00:32 by Starym
A Diablo 4 Features Hate/Excitement Ratio from the Reddit Community A Diablo 4 Features Hate/Excitement Ratio from the Reddit Community We have a community overview to check out, as redditor kasperja has taken some time to analyze user reaction after the first Diablo 4 2020 quarterly update. We have a hate vs. excitement scale (typo notwithstanding) based on a few polls from the r/diablo community. Now this obviously doesn't represent everyone, but it's still a nice visual and definitely  not that far off from the general consensus, with the most excitement going towards the art style and combat, and most hated being the itemization and talents.

This is pretty good news as the majority of the hated features are still very much in development and definitely aren't even close to final, so this is helpful feedback for Blizzard.
Diablo IV D4 13 comments Mar 06, 2020 at 06:56 by Starym
Will Diablo 4 Have Local aka Couch Co-Op on PC? Will Diablo 4 Have Local aka Couch Co-Op on PC? The February 2020 update for Diablo 4 covered a lot of ground, mainly focusing on players' interaction with the game itself, from the way we control it to the way we get to see our skills etc, aka the UI. One big question has come out of it, however, as the update talks about both the (long awaited/asked for) addition of controller support for PC and specifics for the local co-op UI layout - but completely fails to mention whether the latter is also referring to the PC or if it's console only. Diablo IV D4 5 comments Mar 02, 2020 at 15:43 by Starym
Diablo IV Quarterly Update: February 2020: UI Design, Controller Support, Cannibal Monster Family Diablo IV Quarterly Update: February 2020: UI Design, Controller Support, Cannibal Monster Family The first quarterly update on Diablo IV has arrived with an introduction by Game Director Luis Barriga, Lead UI Designer Angela Del Priore guides us through updates based on post-BlizzCon feedback, controller support on PC, and more. The update is closed by Senior Encounter Designer Candace Thomas who shares a first look at a new set of enemies, the tribes of the Dry Steppes. Diablo IV D4 5 comments Feb 26, 2020 at 19:14 by Stan
Diablo Animated Series to Be Rendered in Anime Style Diablo Animated Series to Be Rendered in Anime Style A while ago, we reported that Blizzard registered a trademark that hinted at an animated Diablo series. Today, we finally got more details via Gamespot. Blizzard Blizzard 19 comments Feb 17, 2020 at 18:26 by Stan
Update on Diablo 4 February Blog - Possible Video Coming? Update on Diablo 4 February Blog - Possible Video Coming? We have some new info on the big Diablo 4 quarterly update blog that's coming soon, shared by Nevalistis over on reddit. We found out that the post is still scheduled to arrive in February and that it's very close to done, with localization and other technical details to be finished. It may not be much, but any D4 news is good news at this point, particularly the "assets" comment which might mean we get a new video to go with the update (or at least new screenshots)! Diablo IV D4 1 comment Feb 14, 2020 at 22:05 by Starym
Blizzard President J. Allen Brack on Warcraft III Reforged Launch Blizzard President J. Allen Brack on Warcraft III Reforged Launch Blizzard President J. Allen Brack talked to concerned investors regarding the launch of Warcraft III Reforged during yesterday's Q4 2019 earnings conference call. Blizzard Blizzard 20 comments Feb 07, 2020 at 20:49 by Stan
Activision Blizzard Q4 2019 Earnings Call: Diablo Immortal Testing in Mid-2020, WoW Sub Growth Activision Blizzard Q4 2019 Earnings Call: Diablo Immortal Testing in Mid-2020, WoW Sub Growth Blizzard has had 32 million monthly active users in Q4 2019 (down from 33 million in Q3 2019). Diablo Immortal will be available for testing in the middle of 2020, and WoW exited 2019 with more than twice the size of its Q2-ending level subscriptions. Blizzard Blizzard 11 comments Feb 06, 2020 at 23:37 by Stan
New Head of the Diablo Franchise Is Rod Ferguson of Gears of War New Head of the Diablo Franchise Is Rod Ferguson of Gears of War Rod Ferguson, current studio head at The Coalition, current developers of the Gears of War franchise, is moving to Blizzard and will be in charge of Diablo. He's actually been with the Gears games since the first one, participating in the development of each game, ending with Gears Tactics which comes out in a couple of months. Blizzard Blizzard 15 comments Feb 06, 2020 at 03:58 by Starym
Last Chance to Buy the 2019 Virtual Ticket Last Chance to Buy the 2019 Virtual Ticket You only have one day left to purchase the Virtual Ticket and claim rewards in all Blizzard games before they are gone for good. Blizzard Blizzard Feb 06, 2020 at 02:01 by Stan
Blizzard Offering Automated Warcraft III Reforged Refunds Blizzard Offering Automated Warcraft III Reforged Refunds Earlier today, the Warcraft III developer team responded to criticism regarding the game's launch and the company has now started to offer automated refunds for the title regardless of how much time you've spent playing it and without the need to submit a ticket. Blizzard Blizzard 17 comments Feb 04, 2020 at 15:40 by Stan
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