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Several days ago, a nondescript website with the URL of diablo2hd.com appeared and quickly sent the community into a frenzy. The site pictured a faded image of the original Diablo II box art with a countdown timer that conveniently coincided with the exact moment that BlizzCon 2016 is set to start. The top of the page read “Evil has survived…”, which clearly called to some sort of return of Diablo himself. The entire thing was believed to be a fake promotional website by a majority of the community due to the shoddy quality of the site’s imagery combined with some digging into the domain registration by enterprising individuals. Earlier today, PC Gamer was able to officially confirm with folks at Blizzard Entertainment that the site does not belong to Blizzard and is therefore a hoax. I reached out to Blizzard to ask about the site, and was told bluntly, “This isn’t ours.” ...

BlizzCon 2016 is one month and a half away and as such, we will likely begin to see a cavalcade of news come from Blizzard Entertainment. Among the things to be rolled out, we did not yet know which in-game goodies each franchise would be receiving for the purchase of a BlizzCon ticket and/or virtual ticket. That day is now here, as an official blog post revealed what we can expect to see in our accounts in the near future. Particular to Diablo, it looks like the theme of honoring the past is continuing. A pet for the Lord of Terror himself, Diablo, will be added to Diablo III accounts, but it is worth noting that it is fashioned after the original look of Diablo from the inaugural game. Is this putting more evidence in the column for some sort of Diablo I/Diablo II remake or update? Take a look below for more....

Episode 100 – Sup, Fellas! Sit back, relax, and enjoy a trip down memory lane as Neinball and Leviathan celebrate 100 episodes of the Workshop....

As most Blizzard Entertainment fans are well aware of by now, World of Warcraft released its latest expansion, Legion, in late August 2016. Many have been lauding the success of the expansion over the last few weeks, particularly citing the Diablo-esque changes as bringing a breath of fresh air. We know that both Game Designer John Yang and Systems Designer Don Vu – originally developers on Diablo III and the Reaper of Souls expansion – went over to help out with Legion and clearly they are making their influence felt. It doesn’t stop there though! The first major patch for Legion is set to launch soon and people have already begun to datamine and find some interesting tidbits. Chief among them for our interests are several items and achievements that pertain specifically to the 20th anniversary of the Diablo franchise. First, the folks at Wowhead found some classic Tristram music in this patch, which they have uploaded to ...

During the evening of Sunday, September 11, 2016, a rumbling was made in the gaming industry as Bonfire Studios officially made its presence known to the world. BlizzPro previously reported the news that Josh Mosqueira had left Blizzard Entertainment on July 1, 2016, with his next move unknown at that time. Now we finally know. Time for new adventures! https://t.co/4QWxJvdodb — Josh Mosqueira (@joshmosq) September 12, 2016 Yes, Josh Mosqueira is one of the five founding members of Bonfire Studios, along with many familiar faces and names. The CEO of the studio, Rob Pardo, is best known for his 17-plus year stint at Blizzard Entertainment where he left his mark on World of Warcraft as one of its original lead designers. Nick Carpenter is also an ex-Blizzard employee now at Bonfire and his talents mainly focused around the cinematics we know and love from Blizzard as the head of their Cinematics department. There are a ...

As reported on previously, Jay Wilson left Blizzard Entertainment in order to pursue a new passion – writing. However, having been in the industry for as many years as he was, there is certainly much to be learned from his experiences. Game Dev Unchained, a podcast on game development/game developers, agreed and sat down with Jay Wilson to pick his brain on being a game developer. They mainly focused on discussing burnout in the industry and how to avoid it, but there were also some interesting points regard Jay’s jobs before Blizzard, as well as some details from when he was at the helm of Diablo III and beyond. Check out the interview below:...

Episode 99 – Show Title Taken By Legion In this episode Neinball and Leviathan catch up on the past few weeks. They discuss the Legion Launch, Gamescom, the new Developer Series, Jay Wilson’s recent podcats, and Blizzcon speculation with the Diablo 20th Anniversary coming up. As always, we read through your comments and showcase your epic loot! We love hearing from our fans so drop us an email with your feedback and items at westmarchworkshop@blizzpro.com...

Diablo III Reaper Of Souls
 

For those of you that enjoy change, you’re in luck! Coming to the official Diablo III forums near you, a major update/migration will occur soon. Those familiar with the update that the World of Warcraft forums underwent should be no stranger to what the Diablo III forums will look like when all is said and done. Nevalistis posted a forum post to start a forum on how your forum posts will be formed post-change. Take a gander below:...

It’s September and the weather is finally starting to cool down (at least it is here in the Northeast). However, in this edition of Play Your Way Thursday, it looks like we’re skipping straight to Winter! Nevalistis has chosen to highlight a Wizard build from community member Leshin that utilizes the Legacy of Nightmares set and focuses solely on Cold damage. It’s an often unseen way to play Wizard these days, as the main source of damage comes from Ray of Frost, so you’ll be frozen in place yourself as you chill out with all of the mobs. Continue onward to check out what makes this build tick:...

One of the most iconic Diablo classes, the Barbarian, has always been directly associated with one of the most iconic Diablo skills, Whirlwind. The two are simply inseparable. Fans of the series seem to never get enough of spinning in circles and devastating all the things. In the early days of Diablo III, it just so happened that the most popular Barbarian build managed to take on that fantasy and granted players one of the most efficient ways to farm. Fast forward to Reaper of Souls and the skill ended up with an entire set dedicated to it – Wrath of the Wastes. However, somewhere along the way, the set’s output began to wane in comparison to other Barbarian sets, much to the dismay of the community. The developers noticed this and, as a result, Senior Technical Game Designer Wyatt Cheng took some time to discuss where the team is currently at regarding the ...

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