Diablo III’s “Real Money Auction House” was recently taken offline following an exploit that allowed players to duplicate their in-game gold, which could be translated to real-world money. Many expected Blizzard to make the problem go away by rolling back accounts to a time before the glitch occurred – but instead, they’ve taken to analysing accounts, and will be giving the ill-gotten gains to charity.
Remember when "everyone" was playing World of Warcraft? Well, things have changed for Activision Blizzard.
Remember how Diablo III’s online requirement wasn’t DRM, but was rather instituted because the game had a persistent, global economy? Well that economy is now well and truly poked.
Blizzard has heard the masses and is making a big effort to get back in there with the competition on the eSports scene. For months games like League of Legends and Dota 2 have stolen the spotlight and many doubted whether StarCraft will once again be the ultimate eSports game. In an effort to get StarCraft 2 back on the map as a premier title; Blizzard has now purchased IGN’s Pro League technology and assets.
Blizzard’s devilish top-selling clickfest Diablo III is making its way to consoles soon – and by all accounts, it could well be the very best version of the game. Of course, that would come as no surprise to many Diablo III players, who’re convinced the latest game in the series is a dumbed-down game intended for consoles in the first place.
Who says real-time strategy games are niche? According to Blizzard, it took just 2 days for StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm has to sell through 1.1 million copies of the space-bound strategy game.
Much has happened since the end of Wings of Liberty. With old friends buried and Kerrigan missing a great deal of her memories, things aren’t really looking up for Raynor’s Raiders and his allies. Mengsk is out for blood, determined to wipe Kerrigan out in her weakened state.
If there was one component of Diablo 3, one factor that really drove fans Barbarian mad, it had to be that the game required a constant internet connection in order to be played. A connection that inevitably had some issues with lag and consistency. Sure, it had some benefits in the form of co-operative play, but sometimes, people just want to be alone when they slay their way through Sanctuary. The game is now on the way to PlayStation platforms, and it looks like it may be going offline for those gamers.
Brace yourselves, because today is unofficially Playstation 4 day. We finally got official confirmation on the console last night, sans any imagery of the device itself, as well as a whole heap of next-gen games that will be debuting on the device. One current-gen game that is arriving on the Playstation 3 and 4 consoles though? Why, it’s good ol’ El Diablo 3.
I’ve already mentioned that I was in France last week to check out Heart of the Swarm, you can read about that here and here, but we were also given a tour of the offices and while most of the building is top secret I was allowed to snap some pictures in certain areas.
The Heart of the Swarm multiplayer beta has been going strong for a while now but you knew Blizzard wasn’t showing you everything in that beta. During our press trip to their offices they revealed some of the incredible new additions to the all-conquering strategy title.
Last week I was lucky enough to be flown over to Versailles in France to get some exclusive hands on time with the upcoming second part of StarCraft 2, Heart of the Swarm. While the multiplayer beta is already in full swing this gave us some time to check out the single player and get some inside information about what shall soon be coming to the StarCraft 2 universe.
When Diablo III’s creative lead Jay Wilson announced his departure from the Diablo III team, the general attitude around the internet, and the Battle.net forums in particular, was one of celebration. Mostly, people were happy to say goodbye and good riddance to the person who they feel was responsible for Diablo III’s most egregious issues – including persistent online play, the Real Money Auction House and the uninteresting combat. Blizzard's chief creative officer, Rob Pardo has come to Wilson’s defence – asking you to direct your hate towards him instead.
Diablo III launched with its fair share of issues – and now, more than half a year after its release, it’s still missing a number of promised features, not least of which is proper PvP. As outlined in a post on the state of PvP, Blizzard said it’s just not ready for primetime, but it will be getting PvP of sorts, duelling, in the next update.
It’s well known that China isn’t the strictest country in the world when it comes to abiding by copyright laws or protecting intellectual property. But even I was amazed that they’ve created an entire theme park based on World of Warcraft - and yet it is entirely unofficial.