Most of the new Diablo III
information was announced at the gameplay panel, including details of the game's crafting system, achievements, difficulty settings
and item lifecycle. Three artisan NPCs will be unlocked throughout the game, each with the ability to craft different things. The blacksmith can craft powerful gear, with new recipes unlocking as you level up or find the plans as loot. The Mystic enchants your items with new stats and the Jeweler adds gem sockets, allowing heavy customisation of crafted equipment to complement a particular item build. Diablo III
is currently in the closed beta stages and is due for release early next year. The collector's edition was shown to contain
an art book, the soundtrack CD, a two-part behind-the-scenes bluray of the making of the game, a model Diablo skull and a soulstone USB pen drive. Anyone who signs up for a year's subscription to World of Warcraft
will also be getting the standard digital edition of Diablo III
for free. As a teaser, Blizzard
released the Black Soulstone trailer below. The trailer features footage from the game's opening cinematic, with parts removed to keep the story from being spoiled.
One of the big news items to come out of BlizzCon
this year is that Blizzard is currently developing its own MOBA to compete with other games currently dominating the emerging genre. The original DotA
was a mod for WarCraft 3
, but Blizzard itself had no hand in its creation. The new game is simply named Blizzard DOTA
in spite of Valve's
similarly named Dota 2
. As the original DotA
had several developers and no real copyrights in place, it may be impossible for either company to claim the name exclusively as its own.Blizzard DOTA
is essentially a mod for StarCraft 2
and was first announced at last year's BlizzCon, but the version on display this year more closely resembles a modern MOBA like League of Legends
. WoW Insider
's Mathew McCurley got some hands-on time for us at BlizzCon
. According to Mat, the big characters from every Blizzard game meet on the MOBA battlefield, with WarCraft 3
heroes facing off against StarCraft
units and even Diablo
On Friday of last week, developers at S2 Games
challenged Heroes of Newerth
players to a series of developer-vs.-player matches
with prizes to be won. Teams were put together from the development team to fill every skill bracket, from 1400 MMR all the way up to 1800. To take part, players had to put together their own teams of players in those brackets and enter the matchmaking system. Those lucky enough to be matched up with developers were given bonus silver coins for participating in the match and the chance to win one of 12 pieces of computer hardware. The matches were streamed live on Friday via popular fansite HoNCast
, with the final score ending up at 12 wins for developers versus 16 wins for the players.
Few commendations in game development are as coveted as the prestigious Golden Joystick awards. This week League of Legends
won a Golden Joystick award for the second year running, adding this year's award for Best Free-to-Play Game
to last year's Best Online Game award. To celebrate, Riot Games
is giving every player a free 10-win IP boost.
At the start of the month, we introduced upcoming team multiplayer FPS Hedone
, a game with high-quality graphics and gameplay that has been compared to popular FPS Brink
. The free-to-play title's U.S. closed beta has just gone live, at here at Massively we have 2,000 beta keys to give away! Head over to our Hedone key giveaway page
to grab yourself a code and redeem it on the official Hedone website
to register. Once registered, you can join in the beta testing on Wednesdays and Sundays between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. EDT.
Players got a sneak peek at the next Immortal
due for release in Rise of Immortals
this week when a silhouette of the character, named Pycon, was posted to the official forum. The Immortal's cloven-hoofed feet and horns suggest that he'll be an Axe-wielding minotaur.Petroglyph
released a new Immortal Spotlight video
this week featuring ranged damage-dealer Balak, Guardian of the Crystal. While most MOBA spotlight videos focus on delivering details of the character's gameplay mechanics and showing how the character fares in a real combat situation, Petroglyph has opted for a rather unique strategy with Balak's spotlight. The entire video is voiced by Balak himself, who tells the tale of how he came to fight in the immortal games entirely in-character.
The story is filled with the lore of RoI's
fictional land of Graxia, but about half way through the video, Balak blurts out, "I am a very long range single-target DPS" as he begins to explain the mechanics of the character and his abilities. It's clear that the Rise of Immortals
team doesn't take itself too seriously and is having a bit of fun with the genre, which is a refreshing change from the hardcore competitive scene found in most MOBAs.
In the second Blacklight: Retribution
developer spotlight, developer Zombie Studios
discuss switching from developing for console platforms to creating a game for the PC. To take advantage of the increased CPU speed and memory capacity of the average PC over the current generation of consoles, developers made the decision to make Blacklight: Retribution
initially a PC exclusive. The game boasts a level of graphical quality not normally associated with free-to-play titles.
In the video diary, developers discuss the various ways in which the game is made to feel like a plausible near-future Neotokyo set in our own world. To achieve this effect, the game world was created as a modern-day environment with brick-and-mortar buildings and recognisable structures, and then futuristic elements were added on top. As a result, the cityscape looks like a naturally upgraded version of a modern-day city. Check out the developer diary video below for information on this and other development topics, from working with the Unreal 3 engine and DirectX 11 integration to the game's audio and art direction.
Upcoming MOBA Realm of the Titans
ran the first round of its closed beta at the start of August, collecting feedback from eager MOBA fans. The second round of RotT's closed beta will begin on November 4th
and if you managed to get your hands on one of the hundreds of beta codes we gave away during the first beta stage, you're in luck! Participants in the first beta get automatic access to the second stage by just logging in with their old usernames and passwords during the beta period.
To celebrate this week's Diablo II
's ladder reset, Massively will be running a special Not So Massively Diablo II
livestream. Tune in via the Massively TV livestream page
at 6 p.m. EDT on Saturday, October 29th, to watch Massively staffers Patrick Mackey, Matt Daniel and me play through the early levels of this classic action RPG. We'll be joined by Tina Lauro and friends from GamerGaia
, who will also be streaming the event as part of their weekly Saturday Night Live
event.Join us every Monday for Not So Massively, our roundup of the top news from popular online games that aren't quite MMOs. If you think there's a game we should be covering in Not So Massively or you've found some interesting news you think deserves attention in the next roundup, please mail the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.