Blizzard’s sense of humor shines through once again. A secret Diablo 3 level has been found. It’s dubbed Whimsyshire and makes fun of those who complained that the game was too colorful. It also harkens back to Diablo 2’s secret cow level.
As you have already understood by now, Whimsyshire is a bright green, happy cartoon world of ponies, cupcakes, fluffy clouds, rainbows, and other things that make me puke.
Check out the video below. This page on DiabloWiki explains how to get there.
Exploring needless violence and gratuitous sex and nudity is the new Game of Thrones RPG that is out today. Here’s a launch trailer to celebrate its release.
Better make sure your friends are picking up Diablo 3, because you’ll need the Guest Pass that comes with it to enjoy the game for free. Well, actually it’s a glorified demo, allowing gamers to play Act 1 up to the Skeleton King, and up to a maximum character level of 13.
Freeloaders will get access to the matchmaking feature, too, though it will only be with other ‘Starter Edition’ players. Oh, and you won’t be able to use the Real Money Auction House either.
Blizzard also announced the impending launch of ‘Character Profiles’. It helps track and present your progress in the game. You will be able to see your heroes and their skills and equipment. The studio also has plans to display artisans and achievements.
Diablo 3 comes out today after being years in the making. Blizzard is infamous for its ‘when it’s done’ policy, especially when it comes to delivering quality and amazing experiences. That brings up an important question: why did Diablo 3 take so long?
Jay Wilson, the game’s director, is as surprised as we are. He noted that “it just took a lot longer than [he] had anticipated” and that “[he] was surprised by how long it took to reach it.”
In fact, the game has been in “polish mode” for the last two years. Wilson comments that the team would revisit certain events, leading them to revise them often. He, however, assures us that the last two years weren’t just spent polishing the game – they added new content, too.
The game’s installation servers have already gone live. You can begin playing the game in a few hours.
CD Projekt Red is known only for its Witcher series, though that may soon change. The studio has posted a lot of job openings on its blog for an unannounced “RPG in brand new setting.”
“We’re looking for people who would rather work on an entirely new and different IP,” notes their listing. They point out that the new game is for those who “can’t stomach dwarves, elves or sorceresses who put their ample charms on display in Playboy magazine.”
If you’re awesome at programming, designing, or coming up with art for games, then this is one opportunity you can’t pass up.
Impressed by the Soul Sacrifice teaser trailer? There’s more: the game has been revealed as a dark, horror title from Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune.
Inafune also has Dead Rising and Lost Planet to his credit. The game is targeted for a winter release in Japan. It is currently 50 percent complete and will support up to four players.
The game has you embodying a cruel sorcerer’s slave. You escape from being sacrificed by plunging into the pages of a demonic book. You grow stronger by experiencing the book’s battles first-hand.
The attacks are gruesome, fantastic, and sure to be sights to behold. They involve sacrificing various parts of your body. One such attack has you pulling out your spinal cord through your throat and brandishing it as a sword. You can also chop off your fingers and punch your enemies to death with the exposed stumps.
Abusing magic will deform your character, turning it into a demonic creature.
More details are expected soon.
Diablo 3 is due out in less than a week. To celebrate its impending release, Blizzard has released a short animation that details the eternal conflict between angels and demons. Dubbed Diablo III: Wrath, the film has been made by Peter Chung (creator of Aeon Flux) and Metalocalypse animation house Titmouse.
The game is due out May 15. Check out the short below.
As part of Namco Bandai’s 2012 financial results, the publisher announced that it has sold over a million copies of Dark Souls in US and Europe. That’s 1.19 million on the PS3 and Xbox 360 to be exact. Sales in Japan aren’t included because it is published there by From Software in collaboration with SCEJ. The tally can only go higher with a pending release on PC later this year.
The company has also sold 1.07 million copies of Ace Combat Assault, 700,000 copies of Dragon Ball Ultimate Blast, and 690,000 copies of Soul Calibur 5.
Feast your eyes on less than 30 seconds of Soul Sacrifice footage that’s reminiscent of Dark Souls. Not much is known about the title, except that the protagonist is a wizard who uses mind power (telekinesis?) and a sword. Further details expected on Thursday.
Diablo 3 has been going through a lot of changes since it entered beta. Blizzard is polishing the game as I write this, and they seem to be changing the game quite radically.
The current version of the game does not feature companion scrolls; it has also cut scrolls of reforging. Companion scrolls would summon an ‘adorable’ minion that would run around and loot gold in your name. The problem lies in the fact that it is ‘adorable’, apparently. Blizzard community manager Nethaera said: “The companion pets felt like they were mandatory to maximize play efficiency and some pets were too cutesy for the gritty, dark world of Sanctuary.”
As for the Scrolls of Reforging, Blizzard felt they were “underdeveloped”. It would have allowed players to change the properties of an item. The studio knows that these are big omissions, but notes that they want to “close in on a release date… not move further away.”
That is not to say these features won’t make appearances in the future. The company thinks that companion pets can be turned into a “much cooler system”, and reforging can be made more “meaningful”. As it stands, they might make their way into a post-release patch, or maybe become parts of DLC.