diablo III

Official Site: Diablo III
Studio: Blizzard Entertainment
Launch Date: May 15, 2012
Genre: Gothic Fantasy OARPG
Business Model: B2P
Platform: PC, Mac, PS2, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

The MOP Up: Black Desert loyalty rewards (January 15, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week, Black Desert Online started rewarding loyal players with all manner of goodies. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Guild Wars 2Overwatch, Defiance, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: A marriage forged in hell (January 8, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week, we read the heartwarming story of a couple that found love in Diablo III, of all places. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Black DesertLord of the Rings OnlinePath of Exile, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Diablo III's Darkening of Tristram 'retrovision' anniversary event is live

Classic ARPG Diablo has made its presence known across Blizzard's many franchises this week as it celebrates its 20th birthday, from a new cow level mini-event in World of Warcraft to Overwatch's Diablo-themed sprays. But the biggest celebration is taking place inside Diablo III, where as originally promised at last fall's BlizzCon, the Darkening of Tristram event is now live, complete with patch notes, and will dominate the game this January (and future Januaries).

"For the month of January, experience an homage to the original events of Diablo, brought to you in glorious RetroVision™ and filled to the brim with nostalgia-inducing features. An evocative audiovisual extravaganza awaits you, as everything from familiar enemies to iconic items have been brought to life in the Diablo III engine. Transmogrification rewards, achievements, and a handful of extra surprises lurk in the depths of this perilous, pixelated dungeon."

The update -- and the controversial "retrovision" event content -- is free for Reaper of Souls owners. Expect the paid Necromancer update later this year.

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Diablo III previews the Darkening of Tristram

The centerpiece of Diablo's anniversary event is Diablo III's Darkening of Tristram, which puts more Diablo in the game. Seriously, it's bringing back classic Diablo, complete with pixelated graphics, awful movement, and lots of classic bosses to smash to pieces. It's all part of the game's next major patch, and wouldn't you know it, you can take a closer look at what's coming with the patch, complete with a video preview you can check out down below.

Unfortunately, there's no word on whether or not you can enjoy this look back at the start of the franchise without making everything look like it's displayed on the monitor you threw out in 2002 when you got your first flatscreen.

Of course, the anniversary content isn't the only thing coming to the game; there are also item improvements for various set items and revisions the the greater rift mechanics. Flying enemies can now be killed in mid-air, while enemies who can become unattackable for a time such as Rockworms will spend less time hiding and more time attacking. Check out the video just below, and get ready to hack your way through the dungeons of Tristram all over again in the near future.

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MMO Year in Review: New Eden free-for-all (November 2016)

This year, we’re taking a time-machine back through our MMO coverage, month by month, to hit the highlights and frame our journey before we head into 2017.

Early in November, EVE Online's Ascension expansion ushered in a new free-to-play chapter for the sci-fi sandbox (no matter how much they tried to get us to use "clone state"!) and boosted its concurrent numbers back over 50k.

Meanwhile, BlizzCon gave us a clearer picture of Blizzard's anemic-but-better-than-usual plans for Diablo III and its relatively rapid cadence plans for World of Warcraft in the post-Legion era. The Nostalrius saga reared its head again too as the emulator made plans for a relaunch. RIFT's Starfall Prophecy expansion also rolled out to players.

Read on for the whole list!

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Diablo anniversary fever spreads across Blizzard's library

Did you know that it was 20 years ago this week that the original Diablo released? Well, if you're playing any Blizzard game at all, you will be made well aware of this fact soon enough.

Blizzard is rolling out an anniversary celebration across its entire library, with special events and gifts in Diablo III, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Overwatch, StarCraft II, and World of Warcraft.

Among the festivities include the recreation of the classic Diablo dungeon in Diablo III, a new challenger in Hearthstone's Tavern Brawl, and Diablo III sprays in Overwatch. Blizzard also hinted at special encounters in World of Warcraft: "Strange things are afoot in the world of Azeroth as denizens of Sanctuary cross over into an unfamiliar world."

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Diablo III psyches players up for Season 9

On January 6th, Diablo III's Season 9 is set to roll out worldwide and invite players to enjoy a fresh journey through the game's content with new rewards.

Interesting portraits, pieces of the Conquerer's set, stash tabs, a new class set, and a Rocky minipet are all part of the reward package that can be accumulated by playing through the season and hitting certain achievements. You shouldn't take Rocky for granite either; the minipet will automatically collect gold for your character.

Blizzard is rotating Diablo III's seasonal conquests as well: "Players that just gotta go fast can tackle Sprinter, Speed Racer, Speed Demon, or Need for Speed. Got a thing for gold? Avarice or Avaritia might be right up your alley. If Cursed Events are more your style, Curses! and Stars Align might be more suitable challenges. Finally, if you enjoy facing a challenge without sets, The Thrill and Super Human are both making a return."

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Massively OP's 2016 gift guide for the Blizzard fanatic

The holidays are almost here! Seriously, they're rushing forward at a rate of two seconds per second, or something. Which means that it's time to start buying gifts for the Blizzard fan in your life, and also buy gifts for your parents in all likelihood. Depending on your family, that may involve a single trip. Heck, depending on your parents, they might be trying to buy presents for you and you're a huge Blizzard fan. This gift guide does not discriminate.

So what is this gift guide? A quick rundown of some cool things to get the Blizzard fan in your life. There are games, there are books, and there's even a shiny helping of awkward pauses in the middle of a Q&A session. In spirit. Use it, send it to friends who want to know what to get you, or hey, pick up a little extra for yourself because you never knew some of this stuff existed. This gift guide also does not judge.

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Diablo III's anniversary patch is available for testing

Looking forward to making Diablo III feel like the original Diablo for just a little while? The game's most recent patch has hit the test server, and it contains the aforementioned anniversary event as its main feature. Now you can go back and explore the dungeon from the first game, complete with graphical downgrades to make the whole thing feel more like dungeon diving in the '90s.

Of course, that's not all the patch contains; there are also some additional graphical options for players, the 64-bit client for players on 64-bit operating systems, and the usual assortment of bug fixes and the like. The event itself is normally slated to run in January, but you'll be able to test it now if you download and get started on the test server (there's a whole guide to doing so). If you're looking forward to the throwback, go on in and start testing; the developers will happily stay a while and listen to any bug reports.


Leaderboard: How would you rate BlizzCon 2016?

During this past week's podcast, Justin, Eliot, and I debated the overall tenor of BlizzCon 2016 -- and found it more or less lacking. While we agreed there were some bright spots, like new content for Diablo III and an apparently refreshed content cadence for World of Warcraft, we were all annoyed at the force-fed e-sports, the reduction in streamed panels for WoW, the weak and frankly boring keynote, and the doofy WoW Q&A session Saturday that once again reminded us Blizzard doesn't learn from the genre around it.

I'm curious what those of you who participated in BlizzCon in some way or merely watched the news from the sidelines thought about the show. To the Leaderboard pollmobile!

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Leaderboard: How much do you expect to pay for the Diablo III Necro pack?

Diablo's 25th anniversary announcements at BlizzCon have been welcomed by some players and blasted by others. While a significant portion of the content -- namely, the Darkening of Tristram Diablo-in-Diablo III update -- will be freely available to players who own Diablo III: Reaper of Souls or the Ultimate Evil Edition, the Necromancer pack will come at a price, and that has some folks raging.

Personally, I'm a bit surprised the studio isn't charging for both. Diablo III's complete lack of monetization since the demise of the auction hall has long seemed to doom it to second-class status at Blizz. But I understand being annoyed. People want to buy full expansions, not class packs with a predictable array of semi-useless fluff cosmetics (a pet, character slots, extra stash, a portrait, a pennant, a banner, and a banner sigil). The Necro is cool, but people want to pay for real content.

So what's the price? That we don't know yet. Blizzard says it's "not ready to announce a price just yet." So let's sort it out in today's Leaderboard. How much do you expect to pay?

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Massively OP's guide to upcoming MMORPG expansions

If there is one consistent inconsistency among MMORPG studios, it is that teams keep swinging back and forth on pursuing the expansion model. How many times have we seen an MMO go from releasing regular expansions to attempting a monthly or quarterly content update schedule... and then abandon that after a while for more expansions? It is almost as if teams keep discovering how exciting and wonderful (and even profitable) expansions can be for the first time.

Believe it or not, right now we are in the middle of a major expansion boom in the MMO genre. Already this year we have enjoyed several expansion drops, including Destiny: Rise of Iron, EVE Online: Citadel, Trove: Mantle of Power, Star Trek Online: Agents of Yesterday, and of course, World of Warcraft: Legion.

We have even more on the horizon: More than a dozen MMOs and online ARPGs have expansions in the works, with five coming out this November alone. To help you keep all of these expansion projects straight, we've compiled a list of them, what each contains, and a rough timeline of when players might get to enjoy them.

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BlizzCon 2016: Diablo's 20th anniversary panel liveblog

Has it really been two decades since Diablo first showed up on the computer gaming scene? Apparently so because why else would BlizzCon 2016 host a panel on its 20th anniversary? It's not for birthday presents, I can tell you that much.

So what wonders will be unveiled as we take a trip down memory lane from the first game's hacking at monsters in dark dungeons to Diablo III's hacking at monsters in slightly brighter outdoor regions that are structured like dungeons? Well, I'd tell you now, but I don't know. Come on down with us as we liveblog the panel down in the comments and we'll find out together. It'll be an adventure! That seems thematically appropriate.

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