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Diablo 3: Holiday Bonus Content?

Posted 23 Dec 2009 by

With the Blizzard news slowdown that always comes around the holidays, today seems like a good time to revisit a topic that I wrote about last Christmas, in a rambling installment of On the Drawing Board. The issue of seasonal bonus content in online games.

In that article last year, I ran down some of the ways other online games, especially World of Warcraft, insert bonus content like new Google logos; to coincide with real world holidays. The problem, as I saw it, was that while the world of WoW is fairly light and full of humor, the world of Diablo is darker, with more gothic and horror influences. Halloween in Sanctuary would be great, but how about other holidays? Demonic Easter Bunnies? Christmas = high-stepping NPCs in Santa hats and Xmas trees, which work fine a game full of Murlocs and motorcycle-riding dwarves—but in DiabloWikiTristram? Light some candles and hang some wreaths on the meat wagon?

In comments to last year’s article, a few fans thought seasonal bonus content in Diablo 3 would be cool, and could be integrated smoothly. Here’s evolutionxtinct:

I honestly think if they add seasonal stuff, they will do it w/ class and style. For instance..
—Christmas – Will have a wilted tree in the Center of New Tristram, with eerly lit candles.
—Halloween – Will have eerily lit jack-o-lanterns stacked on the broken down fence.

Most fans though, were strongly against the concept. Here’s Galtrovan, quoting Kunzaito:

>> I say ?No,? ?No,? and ?Absolutely not.?
My sentiments exactly.

That fiercely-divided opinion is why I bring this issue up again. What do you guys think? Less against it than you were 364 days ago? Or are most of you still dead set against seasonal bonus content in Diablo 3?  And if you’re against it, why? Do you dislike the idea entirely, or do you just think the WoW-inspired, Bliz Irvine D3 team would make it wacky and comical, instead of grim and Diablo-appropriate?


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