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

Diablo III finally brings seasons to consoles

Remember how Blizzard told us that it just wasn't going to implement its Diablo III season campaigns for the game's console versions? A year later and it seems that either the studio had a change of heart or its technical wizards figured out how to make it happen because console seasons are about to kick off at the end of this month.

On March 31st, both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will enjoy their very first seasonal journey in the game, offering players an opportunity to level up new characters to pursue special challenges. Players can either create a brand-new character from scratch for the season or choose to "rebirth" an existing character back to level 1 for the duration of the event.

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Grim Dawn reveals Necromancer class for this year's expansion

Guess who's getting a Necromancer class this year! If you said Diablo III, well, I can't tell you you're wrong because that's also happening. But I'm talking about Grim Dawn.

"Although they primarily engage in the weaving of magic, necromancers are aptly equipped to enter the fray in close quarters, or to weave their death magic into ranged weaponry. Do not for a moment think that a cornered necromancer is easy prey," Crate posted following a lore dump on the new class today.

Players should look forward to a number of masteries currently in development, including Drain Essence, Raise Skeletons, Necrotic Edge, plus skill that help you "shatter the souls of your enemies to conjure violent wraiths," "bolster your minions with necrotic powers, "fill the battlefield with disease and rot," and generate "cruel new ways to dispose of your pathetic enemies."

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Diablo III shows some of the Necromancer's moves

No, the Necromancer isn't coming to Diablo III any time in the near future, but Blizzard did want to show off some of the class' skills and give a brief update on the progress of the ARPG's newest class.

The Necromancer will use both melee and dark magic attacks as she decimates the battlefield. Some of the skills (shown as animated GIFs) include Grim Scythe, Blood Nova, Devour, Raise Golem, and Leech. The team is also putting the final touches on the female Necromancer model.

To answer the most pressing questions for any Diablo III fan, no, Blizzard isn't quite ready to announce the price point of the class pack or a specific release date (although the studio said that it's aiming for the second half of the year). Prior to that release, the Necromancer will be put through her paces on a special public test realm.

Source: Diablo III

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Diablo III is ending Season 9 on March 17

Have you done everything you wanted to do in Diablo III's Season 9 challenge? If not, the good news is that you still have a little bit of time. The bad news is that it really is just a little time, as the current season is ending on March 17th. So you might be able to clear one or two final challenges along the way, but you'll be out of luck if you're trying to accomplish something big with zero progress up to this point.

Whether you're out of luck or you've gotten almost everything done, you'll still be able to greet the new season on March 31st. The usual rules about transitions between seasons and the de-seasonification of seasonal characters will apply; if you're unfamiliar with the transition, check out the full rundown to see what happens to your seasonal challenge characters and what transfers over to your normal play in about a week.

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Chronicles of Elyria shores up PAX East demo, hires WoW cinematic artist

The clock is ticking down to PAX East on March 10th, and the Chronicles of Elyria team is whipping itself up into a frenzy to get everything prepared for its public debut.

In addition to all of the hardware and booth decorations, the team is putting in a few late nights to get the demo done for the show. According to this week's dev blog, the demo will feature the Silver Run Mines and the countryside. Playable females, climbing animations, underwater filters, and damage filters are all expected to make an appearance.

Amid all of this hubbub, Soulbound Studios has added a tech art lead to the team. Dennis Price comes to Chronicles of Elyria fresh from Blizzard, where he worked on the cinematic team for World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and StarCraft 2.

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World of Warcraft announces the end of support for Windows XP and Vista

Like the dinosaurs and giant shoulderpads in women's suits, World of Warcraft support for two older Windows operating systems is about to become extinct.

Blizzard announced this past weekend that it will be discontinuing support for Windows XP and Vista in all of its titles, including World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and Hearthstone. The studio said that it will begin the process of all this sometime later this year. The studio noted that Microsoft hasn't been supporting these operating systems for many years now.

"After these older operating systems are no longer supported, the games will not run on them, so we encourage any players who are still using one of the older OSes to upgrade to a newer version. We’ll be rolling out this change on a staggered schedule, and will post further notices as we get closer to making the change for each game," Blizzard posted.

Source: Official forums. Thanks, Reht!

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Blizzard: WoW Tokens are 'harmless' and 'make people happier'

In a new interview with Glixel, World of Warcraft Game Director Ion Hazzikostas opened up about the creation and use of WoW Tokens in the Blizzard ecosystem, especially in light of last week's expansion of the tokens' functionality. Hazzikostas said that the demise of Diablo III's RMT auction house paved the path for WoW Tokens.

"One of the original purposes for the token, and something that it’s served very well, is undercutting the illegal gold selling market that exists within the game," he noted. "The way that gold is acquired is by compromising the accounts and using various methods that are harmful to players. Anything we can do to make those things harder is a net gain for us."

Hazzikostas said that only a small segment of World of Warcraft players actually buy or sell tokens: "We were very satisfied with the fact that it was harmless, that it was not having any negative external effects on the economy or the game, and was just making people happier."

Source: Glixel

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The MOP Up: Free tanks for all! (February 12, 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 have stories and videos from H1Z1, Gloria Victis, Diablo 3Path of ExileRiftStar RaidersGiganticLineage MLeague of LegendsFish Island 2Wild Buster OnlineHeroes of Incredible TalesWorld of TanksGod Eater OnlineClosers Online, and Star Citizen, all waiting for you after the break!

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Blizzard launcher beefs up Facebook integration

Blizzard really, really wants its game launcher to be best friends with your Facebook account.

The studio has introduced a new version of the beta launcher that beefs up and adds several features that interface with your Facebook account. The big new one is being able to suggest friends will hook you up with your Facebook friends that also play Blizzard titles, but there are new streaming options and a different way of grouping your pals on your friends list as well.

"Suggested friends will provide users with new and easy ways to make new friends on Battle.net," Blizzard said. "Facebook friend finder will allow users who have linked their Facebook account with their Battle.net account to find and add them as Battle.net friends.

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EVE Evolved: Would EVE Online make a good survival game?

EVE Online has practically dominated the sci-fi sandbox MMO niche for nearly 14 years, with its harsh PvP-oriented gameplay and massive single-server universe combining to provide something that's remained compelling in an ever-changing industry. From its humble foundation as a mostly empty sandbox with a smattering of people and limited resources has sprung political intrigue, war, espionage, charity, theft, and economics that often mirrors the real world in startling detail. In over a decade of virtual history, we've seen the rise and fall of massive empires, the birth and collapse of industries, the emergence of heroes and villains, and the forging of thousands of real life friendships.

While EVE's long-term success can be attributed partly to the absolute persistence of a single-shard universe, I often wonder what would happen if a fresh server opened today. What could players achieve with a level playing field and blank slate for all, and what would the EVE universe even look like without 14 years of accumulated wealth and skillpoints behind it? A tantalising hint of what that gold rush might look like comes from survival sandbox games such as RUST and DayZ, which have hundreds of small servers and very little focus on persistence. It's got me thinking about what a shorter-term survival sandbox game with EVE's core gameplay would be like, and I honestly think it could be amazing.

In this edition of EVE Evolved, I make the argument for an EVE Online survival sandbox game and the massive gameplay opportunities that periodic server wipes can present.

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Diablo III starts testing new armory and crafting mat storage

Lo and behold, a new patch hath landed on the Diablo III public test server. And there was great rejoicing, as it contained many boons for war-weary adventurers.

There are actually two new features that are making their way into the game with Patch 2.5, starting with the armory. The armory allows players to save up to five builds per character, taking a snapshot of their equipped build and then pulling that gear out of storage when needed. This way, characters can swap between gear load-outs much more easily than before.

The other feature is an additional storage tab devoted solely to holding a player's crafting materials. "Crafting materials picked up or obtained through salvaging will now appear in a separate storage tab, freeing up space in the shared stash," Blizzard said. "This tab can be accessed through the inventory window."

Source: Patch notes

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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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