Fact of the Day
Runewords were highly popular in Diablo 2. Runes were socketed into items to “craft” a runeword which would give that item different stats. They were planned for Diablo 3 but never reached the final game. In Diablo IV, runes and runewords make a comeback. To keep the game world consistent, Blizzard appears to have utilised the same rune names and some of the same icon imagery we saw in Diablo 2. We don’t know the eventual number of runes or exactly how they’ll function as that is still be revealed. Will there be different grades of runes, can they be removed or which items can they be placed in for example. Find out more in our runes & runewords section.
Latest Diablo News
Over on Artstation there’s a great piece on how the team behind the “By Three They Come” created this cinematic. This cinematic was probably one of the best Diablo cinematics we have seen in years. It’s not surprising when you find out how long it took.
The Diablo 3 2.6.10 PTR has been extended for an unspecified period due to technical problems. Blizzard is now in troubleshooting mode to get these resolved.
Some big news coming out this evening that will affect all Blizzard staff based in Paris. It’s come to light this afternoon that the Activision Blizzard offices based in Versailles are to close down completely.
It’s finally here, the next Diablo 4 development update. Game Director Luis Barriga introduces this latest installment which covers the new skills and talent systems which is literally a new tree. They also look at a new Sorceress Enchantment System and briefly touch on the end-game progression system.
Blizzard continues to crank out testing sessions for Diablo 3 and the next one will be for patch 2.6.10. This will apparently be a short test and they’ve posted details of what’s on offer.
Mike Morhaime departed Blizzard in 2018 and after a short break, he’s back with a new game company called Dreamhaven. The new company also includes some very familiar Blizzard names.
2020 has been one of the strangest years in living memory thanks to the COVID pandemic with so many industry events being canceled or moved online. BlizzCon is no exception and today Blizzard has announced BlizzCon Online will take place in February next year.
Composer Jason Hayes, known for his contributions to all major Blizzard franchises, recently updated his website with tracks for various games he worked on,
David Brevik has just taken part in the Devcom 2020 chats which are currently running to coincide with what would be Gamescom if it were not for the pandemic. The interview is not currently online but there are some snippets.
Most of you who read the site know the story of Diablo and how it came to be. However, it’s always interesting to hear how the game was created directly from the Blizzard North developers. Ars Technica pinned down David Brevik to talk about the origins of Diablo 1 and Diablo 2.