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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
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 19 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
Get Your Charity Server Blade Fixed Before March 31, 2020 Get Your Charity Server Blade Fixed Before March 31, 2020 Redditor u/gizmosguide received a response email regarding the damaged charity server blades that arrived to collectors in December and you have until March 31 to reach out to Blizzard and get them fixed. Blizzard Blizzard Feb 01, 2020 at 01:23 by Stan
New Job Openings at Icy Veins New Job Openings at Icy Veins Icy Veins is looking to expand its current team with the introduction of writers for new sections, for games such as League of Legends, Dota 2, and Teamfight Tactics, as well as a freelance Graphic Designer. Icy Veins Icy Veins 4 comments Jan 30, 2020 at 20:45 by Blainie
Warcraft 3: Reforged Releases Today Warcraft 3: Reforged Releases Today It's been quite a wait, but it's finally time to head back to Azeroth's past, before the World part of Warcraft existed and the view was a bit different! Reforged is releasing today and we've gathered up all related content here, including the most important piece of info: just when exactly is the game releasing in your time zone! Blizzard Blizzard 20 comments Jan 28, 2020 at 05:53 by Starym
Diablo 1 Playable in 4K (The Hell 2 Mod) Diablo 1 Playable in 4K (The Hell 2 Mod) We a very big or very small thing to check out today, depending on how you look at it, with the original Diablo-like being presented and playable in 4k, inside the highly modified "The Hell 2" mod. You might be thinking that would look weird and "playable" is a subjective term... and you'd be right! You can actually see the entirety of the Tristram map in one screen in 4k, as well as huge chunks of the dungeon maps (also I'll issue a "feels" warning here: the best game music of all time plays in the video below, so prepare accordingly): Blizzard Blizzard 1 comment Jan 25, 2020 at 15:45 by Starym
All Blizzard Esports To Be Streamed Exclusively on Youtube All Blizzard Esports To Be Streamed Exclusively on Youtube Activision Blizzard released a statement today announcing a multi-year "strategic relationship to power new player experiences" with Google. While this deal includes Google Cloud being the main host of the companies game infrastructure, the more immediate effect of it is that all Activision Blizzard esports will now be exclusively streamed on Youtube. This includes the Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, Hearthstone Esports, both Arena and MDI WoW coverage and more. Blizzard Blizzard 15 comments Jan 25, 2020 at 02:21 by Starym
Diablo 2 Upscale Final Demo Working In-Browser Diablo 2 Upscale Final Demo Working In-Browser We've already talked about the fan-made Diablo 2 AI upscale project run by redditor zomprd and took a look at some still images and creature models, but today we have his finished demo to check out! His second and final version of the browser-based sample shows off the Rogue Encampment with an Assassin walking around the place. You can also switch back and forth from the original game look and the new upscale, just to see what exactly has changed. Also, if you've ever really waned to walk around in the stream in the encampment, you can! Blizzard Blizzard 3 comments Jan 21, 2020 at 19:59 by Starym
Mists of Pandaria and WC3: Reforged 8K Upscaled Cinematics Mists of Pandaria and WC3: Reforged 8K Upscaled Cinematics There's more AI upscales incoming, with one pretty cool one and another weird one as well. MoP got the much-deserved higher res version, especially appropriate since 8.3 has us going back to Pandaria, while the Reforged video is doubly weird as it's already a remaster of the original so we're 3 layers deep here. Both also have an additional upgrade to the originals: they're running at 60 fps. Blizzard Blizzard 1 comment Jan 19, 2020 at 08:00 by Starym
Diablo 2 Median XL Mod Patch 1.40 Released Diablo 2 Median XL Mod Patch 1.40 Released We've recently talked about the Path of Diablo mod that improves the game by adding and tuning some skills items and features, but still keeps things as close as possible to the original (LoD) version of the game (and the new season that's come out for it recently). Today we have a new and huge patch for probably the best, biggest and most popular mod for D2 out there, Median XL (or Median XL: Sigma as the more recent versions have been called).

Calling it a mod might be a bit of an understatement, however, as it's basically a complete overhaul and rework, with massive amounts of new skills (35 new ones PER CLASS), items (thousands, crafting), mechanics, content (40 endgame quests, new zones like Heaven and one quest actually has you traveling back in time and playing as Diablo while trying to defeat the Bear Tribe in order to break into the Worldstone Chamber. No, seriously.)
Blizzard Blizzard 3 comments Jan 18, 2020 at 07:43 by Starym
Path of Diablo (2) Season 9 Brings a New Skill, Widescreen Support, Trade 2.0 and More Path of Diablo (2) Season 9 Brings a New Skill, Widescreen Support, Trade 2.0 and More The Path of Diablo mod and server for Diablo 2 is entering its 9th season this month which will bring many new improvements to the game. If you're not familiar with the mod, its main goal is to keep the game as close to the original D2 as possible, while actively balancing weaker skills and items and adding a few new ones here and there. The mod already featured many QoL improvements like a larger stash and a charm-specific inventory, a new endgame system of relics that open portals to harder dungeons, as well as a whole lot of balancing and tweaking for the less used skills of each class - for example Fist of the Heavens has had its cooldown removed. You can ready more about the mod in their official FAQ as well. Blizzard Blizzard 3 comments Jan 12, 2020 at 05:15 by Starym
Overwatch 2 to Release in 2020? (Rumor/Potential Leak) Overwatch 2 to Release in 2020? (Rumor/Potential Leak) We have a rumor/potential leak/potential mistake or assumption on Overwatch 2's release window, as the PlayStation Brazil official twitter posted (and quickly deleted) this, caught by Voxel: Overwatch 2 OW2 15 comments Jan 11, 2020 at 00:40 by Starym
Warcraft 3: Reforged and StarCraft 2 Join the ESL Warcraft 3: Reforged and StarCraft 2 Join the ESL Some Blizzard esports news today, of the RTS variety. Warcraft 3: Reforged (releasing this month) and StarCraft 2 have signed 3-year deals to be featured in the ESL (Electronic Sports League) Pro Tour Series and Dreamhack events, which also host the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league. For StarCraft 2 the ESL will replace the current, Blizzard-run World Championship Series, including the Grand Finals previously held at BlizzCon, while the deal marks the first esports commitment for Reforged. Blizzard Blizzard 6 comments Jan 08, 2020 at 04:43 by Starym
Diablo 2 Fan Remaster / Upscale Project Diablo 2 Fan Remaster / Upscale Project As we've recently found out that an official Diablo 2 Remaster is very unlikely/almost impossible, this fan-made project is all the more relevant, despite the very early stages of development. Redditor zomprd has taken several steps in the long road to remastering the classic, with some impressive images and animations so far. Blizzard Blizzard 4 comments Jan 05, 2020 at 06:27 by Starym
Warcraft 3 E3 Trailer, Diablo 2 LoD Final Cinematic and Overwatch 2 4 and 8K Remasters Warcraft 3 E3 Trailer, Diablo 2 LoD Final Cinematic and Overwatch 2 4 and 8K Remasters We have quite a few more Blizzard upscales, with the most interesting one being the official Warcraft 3 E3 trailer from 2001, showing off the biggest improvement of the bunch, even at "only" 4k. Then we have another Diablo 2 cinematic, this time with the Lord of Destruction expansion's finale, and finally another weird choice with the very recent Overwatch 2 announcement video. Blizzard Blizzard 1 comment Jan 02, 2020 at 23:37 by Starym
Charity Server Blades Arrive Damaged to Collectors Charity Server Blades Arrive Damaged to Collectors Some server blades that were put on sale to support Pencils of Promise back in September have started arriving broken to buyers according to recent reports. Blizzard Blizzard 14 comments Dec 30, 2019 at 20:40 by Stan
Warcraft 3: Reforged Release Date Is Januay 28th 2020 Warcraft 3: Reforged Release Date Is Januay 28th 2020 We finally have the Warcraf 3: Reforged release date and it actually won't be coming this year, as was previously announced. We won't have to wait that much longer, however, as we'll be replaying the classic at the end of January, on the 28th, to be precise. We also have the global release times listed, so you know when exactly it will unlock. The header image of a pre-tragedy Stratholme is also a very nice touch for the announcement. Blizzard Blizzard 22 comments Dec 17, 2019 at 21:42 by Starym
Battle for Azeroth and Diablo 1 8K Upscaled Cinematics Battle for Azeroth and Diablo 1 8K Upscaled Cinematics We've seen some pretty impressive stuff with these AI upscales, but today we have two videos that didn't quite come out that great. First off there's the BfA intro cinematic which didn't really need to be remade at all as it's very recent, and apart from those fringe cases where you either have a projector or 8K screen, there's mostly no difference at all, and it even looks worse in parts if you focus on some of the textures. Blizzard Blizzard 2 comments Dec 15, 2019 at 21:31 by Starym
Path of Exile: Metamorph Launches Today! Path of Exile: Metamorph Launches Today! As many of you already know, Icy Veins has a sister site for Path of Exile, PoE Vault. The new league starts today and we thought it was a great opportunity to highlight some of the content our hardworking writers have put together for your enjoyment. If you haven't tried Path of Exile before, this might be the perfect chance for you to do so! Icy Veins Icy Veins 3 comments Dec 13, 2019 at 18:13 by Blainie
Why Diablo 2 Still Holds Up After 20 Years - Book Excerpt Why Diablo 2 Still Holds Up After 20 Years - Book Excerpt We have a big excerpt from Stay Awhile and Listen: Book II — Heaven, Hell, and Secret Cow Levels which is coming out tomorrow in digital format (and 2020 in paperback) and focuses on the making of Diablo 2. This small piece of the book sees author David L. Craddock talk to the game's creators about why D2 still has such a wide appeal today, 20 years after it's initial release, with many still believing it to be the gold standard in ARPGs. Blizzard Blizzard 10 comments Dec 09, 2019 at 07:11 by Starym
BlizzCon Winning Cosplays Interview BlizzCon Winning Cosplays Interview Blizzard recently interviewed BlizzCon 2019 cosplay winners about their awesome costumes. We learned that Sylvanas' armor weighs more that 40 kilograms and that It took more than 700 hours to create Prime Evil Leah. Read on for details! BlizzCon BlizzCon 2 comments Dec 05, 2019 at 09:49 by Stan
Blizzard Black Friday Sales 2019 Blizzard Black Friday Sales 2019 From November 26 through December 2, you can save up to 50% on Blizzard and Activision digital games and bundles, including the Virtual Ticket which comes with in-game rewards and is still available for purchase. Blizzard Blizzard 1 comment Nov 27, 2019 at 13:40 by Stan
Diablo 2 Upscaled Intro Cutscene + Creation of Sanctuary Animated Fan Cinematic Diablo 2 Upscaled Intro Cutscene + Creation of Sanctuary Animated Fan Cinematic We have some fun Diablo stuff today, with two videos showcasing the amazing work the community has been doing, in part hyped up by the Diablo 4 announcement. We have the third old-school cinematic improved through machine learning AI, with the Diablo 2 intro getting the treatment by youtube channel Upscale! Blizzard Blizzard Nov 25, 2019 at 22:26 by Starym
Former Blizzard Employee on HGCs Cancellation and Heroes of the Storm Former Blizzard Employee on HGC's Cancellation and Heroes of the Storm Inven Global talked to a former Blizzard employee about HGC's cancellation and the game in general. Blizzard Blizzard 5 comments Nov 23, 2019 at 19:27 by Stan
Diablo 2 Remaster Unlikely - Code and Assets Were Lost According to Creators Diablo 2 Remaster Unlikely - Code and Assets Were Lost According to Creators While we all expected the Diablo 2 remaster to be announced at this year's BlizzCon and some rumors even pointed to it, it seems we may not ever get the updated version of the game. According to Erich and Max Schaefer, two of the original creators of both Diablo 1 and 2, the remaster is very unlikely, as a little while before launch of D2, the entire backup of the source code and assets was lost. Blizzard Blizzard 11 comments Nov 19, 2019 at 07:45 by Starym
Diablo 2 Cinematics Upscaled to 4K and 8K Diablo 2 Cinematics Upscaled to 4K and 8K We have modernized blast from the past, courtesy of the Upscale youtube channel, as they've taken the first Diablo 2 trailer and the intro cinematic from Lord of Destruction and, as their name suggests, recently upscaled them! Blizzard Blizzard 2 comments Nov 18, 2019 at 07:17 by Starym
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