Design a Legendary, Part 4: Visual Design Progress

Posted by Anuiran on December 12th, 2013 at 1:09 am
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Before we kick-off our brainstorm on Legendary powers later this evening with the wonderful crew from TwizzCast (click here to learn more), we wanted to share the very first piece of concept art crafted by 3D character artist Aaron Gaines for the Design a Legendary project. 

Hot off the proverbial press, here's a first look at our upcoming one-handed, Mephisto-themed Legendary sword. Check it out!

For comparison, here are two different portraits of the Lord of Hatred himself. The first was created by conceptual designer Iain McCaig for the Book of Cain, and the second by fan artist TamplierPainter for the Design by Humans Diablo III T-Shirt contest.


Note that this is just an initial sketch, the first step in the visual design process. As Aaron continues to bring this item to life, we'll be sure to provide updates and additional screenshots—as well as a Q&A. So stay tuned!

Have a question you'd like to ask Aaron about this particular Legendary item or character art in Diablo III? Leave a comment below or send us a reply on Twitter!

Design a Legendary, Part 3: "Choose Your Power" Livestream Coming Soon

Posted by Anuiran on December 7th, 2013 at 8:59 pm
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The Design a Legendary project marches onward to the next stage! 

To date, we've chosen the weapon type (a one-handed sword) and it's theme (Mephisto, Lord of Hatred). 3D character artist Aaron Gaines is putting stylist to tablet as we speak, and we'll be able to share the first piece of concept art for this particular Legendary item with all of you next week.

Now that we've started to nail down the visual design, it's time to start thinking about what this Legendary should actually do. Enter the Design a Legendary, Part 3: "Choose Your Power" Livestream. 

For this stage of functional design, we're teaming up with the fantastic folks over at TwizzCast to livestream a brainstorming session on item design with some of our Diablo III developers. This livestream will briefly go over the design process for Legendary item powers in Reaper of Souls, but its main goal is to players the opportunity to share and discuss suggestions on what kind of powers they'd like our community-designed Legendary to have.

Here are all the juicy details:

  • What: Design a Legendary, Part 3: "Choose Your Power" Livestream
  • When: Wednesday, December 11 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. PT 
  • Where:
  • Who: Joining this podcast will be game designers Travis Day and John Yang, as well as the following hosts and guests:
  • Goal(s): Brainstorm and discuss possible Legendary powers for our Mephisto-themed, one-handed Legendary sword. We're hoping to come away with at least 5 to 10 workable powers that we can then have you, the community, vote on globally!

If you're interested in participating, be sure to stop by the TwizzCast chat channel to hang out with us, ask questions, or offer your own Legendary suggestions! We're really looking forward to this very special event, and we can't wait to see you there. 

Have an idea for a Legendary power for this particular item, but can't tune in to the livestream? Feel free to leave a comment below or share your suggestions with us on Twitter!

Friends and Family Beta Test Underway

Posted by Anuiran on November 19th, 2013 at 6:15 pm
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The Diablo® III: Reaper of Souls™ Friends and Family Beta is now underway!

In the past, participants in this particular phase of public testing usually only include friends and relatives of Blizzard employees. With Reaper of Souls, however, we've decided to buck that trend and extend invites to valued media contacts and key members of the Blizzard community. We're also inviting 3,000 of our most active Diablo III players from around the world who've opted in for beta testing—something we've never done for any Friends and Family Beta test before!

Participants in the Reaper of Souls Friends and Family Beta are not required to abide by a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). As a result, you may see coverage in the form of articles, videos, streams, and forum posts appear over the next few weeks regarding various features and changes in the expansion. When reviewing this coverage, please keep in mind that the Friends and Family Beta is still an early glimpse at Reaper of Souls, which means that all content is subject to change before release. We also encourage you to be mindful of story spoilers, as the Friends and Family Beta includes the entire expansion, excluding the final boss fight. 

Reaper of Souls Closed Beta Coming Soon

Our Friends and Family Beta is just the first step of public testing, and by the end of the year we will be moving into Closed Beta. Since our Reaper of Souls Closed Beta test will also feature all content in the expansion (again, excluding the final boss fight), invitations will be extremely limited. However, we’ll continue handpicking community members to invite to the Closed Beta and bringing in additional players through opt-ins to ensure that all of our features like the Crusader, Mystic, and Adventure Mode get the testing they deserve.


If you’re interested in participating in the Reaper of Souls Closed Beta, please make sure you’ve opted-in for beta testing. You can do this by adjusting your Beta Profile Settings under the Account Management section of your Account. Please note that opting in to the Reaper of Souls Closed Beta will not guarantee you access, but it will at least give you a chance at joining our beta test.

Public Test Region Access Also Coming Soon

Around the same time we begin our Reaper of Souls Closed Beta, we will also be launching our Public Test Region (PTR) for Patch 2.0.1! This patch will feature updates including Paragon 2.0, Loot 2.0, our new difficulty system, the addition of Clans and Communities, as well as balancing and tuning for all five Diablo III classes.

Anyone with the Desktop App and Diablo III license will be able to participate in PTR testing. If don't already have the App, you can download and install it by clicking the button below.

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We'll have more information on how to access the Public Test Region when it launches. In the meantime, if you'd like more information on the App, check out our FAQ and be sure to send us your feedback using the App Open Beta Forum.

We're incredibly excited about kicking off our public tests for Reaper of Souls, and look forward to collecting your feedback. The End of Days is coming!

Design a Legendary, Part 2: "Choose Your Theme" Results

Posted by Anuiran on November 15th, 2013 at 12:32 pm
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Last week, over 20,000 Diablo III players world-wide participated in our "Choose Your Theme" poll. This was the second poll we held for the "Design a Legendary" project, and it was one that would ultimately determine the visual look and theme of the Legendary one-handed sword we're designing.

Here are the results:

  • Caldeum: 1.7%
  • Westmarch: 9.2%
  • Serpent: 2.8%
  • Ancient Culture: 21.3%
  • Mephisto: 32.5%
  • Duriel: 7.6%
  • Diablo: 24.9%

As you can see, taking nearly 33% of the global vote, our winning theme is: Mephisto


"This blade would be styled to connect thematically to the wispy, skeletal Lord of Hatred. In addition to being a favorite character of the art team, Mephisto has a unique appearance among the Great Evils, and a blade associated with him would need to find a way to echo his character."

Now that we've locked down the two critical components of this particular Legendary item's visual design (type and theme), we can start bringing it to life. Our next step is to have 3D character artist, Aaron Gaines, begin concepting, modeling, and implementing our one-handed sword into the game. Stay tuned to for in-progress shots as well as a quick Q&A with the artist himself!

Also, as with our last vote, thanks to each and every nephalem who've participated in some shape, way, or form in this project so far. We hope you're enjoying it as much as we are. <3

Diablo® III: Reaper of Souls ™ - BlizzCon® 2013 Round-Up

Posted by Anuiran on November 11th, 2013 at 2:13 pm
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Malthael has descended on BlizzCon® 2013 and the chill of death is already creeping its way through the convention halls, carrying whispers of Adventure Mode, Pandemonium, Crusaders, and more.

Whether you're following along at home, tuning in with the Virtual Ticket, or happen to be on-site bustling between panels and demos, you definitely won't want to miss any of the juicy recaps, interviews, or behind-the-scenes previews of Reaper of Souls™.

To help you stay up-to-date on all the latest expansion news, we'll be compiling media and fan site coverage from BlizzCon 2013 and posting it for you here! Be sure to check back regularly over the weekend for updates as they become available. If you find something we missed, add it in the comments below!

Blogs & Panel Recaps

Interviews & Hands-On Reviews


Photos & Screenshots

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