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Blizzard Insider #43 – Diablo III – May 15: Evil is Back
IN THIS ISSUE
Diablo III – May 15: Evil is Back

Mists of Pandaria -- Class Roles & Abilities

Cataclysm Questing -- Interview with Dave "Fargo" Kosak

StarCraft II: Art of War

Merchandise Spotlight

FORUM WATCH
A Night in Mists of Pandaria

Mists of Pandaria Press Tour Coverage

Mists of Pandaria™ Beta Opt-in and FAQ

Female Pandaren Revealed

Mists of Pandaria Website Updated

Diablo III Launching May 15 – Digital Pre-Sales NOW OPEN

In-Development – Class Skill Videos, Continued

Diablo III PvP Update

Developer Update with Game Director Dustin Browder

New Maps In. Old Map Out.

Season 7 GSL Map Poll

FROM THE PLAYERS
 
 
SCREENSHOTS

 


T
he End of Days approaches as Diablo III is set to launch on May 15. To better prepare you for the defense of the mortal realms, the Blizzard Film Department recently unveiled the game's intro cinematic at the Spike Video Games Award Show. The opening cinematic depicts the Eternal Conflict -- the ongoing struggle between the angels of the High Heavens and the demons of the Burning Hells -- and sets the stage for your arrival in Act I of Diablo III.

To get an inside look at the development process behind this newest cinematic footage, Blizzard Insider recently sat down with Vice President of Art and Cinematic Development Nick Carpenter and 2D Art Director Chris Thunig. If you haven't seen the Diablo III intro cinematic yet, watch it now, and then read on to get the behind-the-scenes details and exclusive developer's commentary on the Blizzard Film Department's latest creation.

Watch the Diablo III Intro Cinematic

Read the Directors' Interview

Pre-Order Diablo III

 


A
t BlizzCon 2011, the World of Warcraft Development Team previewed the revamped talent system coming with Mists of Pandaria. In the new design, players still choose one of the three iconic class specializations, but the talent trees have been simplified into discrete tiers, which have been tailored to give the player meaningful choices every fifteen levels.

Check out the pre-beta talent calculators below, and then read on to get Ghostcrawler's thoughts on the on the early feedback from the community. Remember: the design continues to evolve, and a lot may change before Mists of Pandaria launches, so now's a great time for feedback.


Mists of Pandaria - Talent Calculator

Ghostcrawler Article -- Seeing the Forest from the Talent Trees

Ghostcrawler Blog -- The Role of Role

 


J
oin Dave "Fargo" Kosak, World of Warcraft's lead quest designer, as he shares his thoughts on the questing content in Cataclysm and what ideas and philosophies will be carried forward into Mists of Pandaria. Consider this article the behind-the-scenes "director's commentary" for players who have braved any of the trials and tests waiting at the heights of Mount Hyjal or the depths of Vashj'ir.

Cataclysm Post Mortem -- Quest Design with Dave "Fargo" Kosak

 


T
he ongoing Art of War columns on the StarCraft II Community Site delve into the strategy of intense multiplayer warfare. The most recent installment focuses on the morale of combat, and how to get inside your opponents' heads, while keeping them out of yours. Check out the discussions below, or review past archives of other Art of War threads and hone your strategic command of the protoss, terran and zerg.

Art of War – Morale

Art of War – Choke Points

Art of War – Barracks

 


World of Warcraft Mount: Heart of the Aspects

Take to the skies with the luminous dragon known as the Heart of the Aspects. Born of the radiant energies of the Dragon Soul artifact, this mount flies as fast as your riding skill will take you and, once purchased, applies to all present and future characters on a single World of Warcraft license.


Mount Up with the Heart of the Aspects


World of Warcraft ampm Cups

No less than four malevolent entities adorn a special set of collectible drinking cups, available now at ampm convenience stores. The Lich King, Kil'Jaeden, Illidan Stormrage, and Deathwing -- pick up your four piece collector's set of cups at your local ampm, or visit the official sweepstakes page to enter for a chance to win epic World of Warcraft and ampm loot between now and April 2.


Find an ampm Near You

Visit the Sweepstakes Page



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