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News Bites: Bashy Bye, Blizzcon 2013, TL2 1m, and Morhaime Interview

Posted 8 Jan 2013 by

Catching up on some miscellaneous, not-quite-D3 news bits from early in the New Year:

  • DiabloWikiBashiok‘s not been seen on the D3 forums in months, while we’ve seen dozens of posts from Lylirra, Vaeflare, and Grimiku, so it wasn’t a real shock when Bashy returned from the Christmas holidays with an announcement that now that he’d rejoined the WoW CM team full time, he was going back to his pre-D3 CM name of Drysc.

    I was curious how the WoW community would take it, and skimmed the comments on this thread from WoW Insider with curiosity. There’s no consensus there; opinions are all over the place ranging from D3 bashing to B.net forum bashing to Bashy bashing. So I guess there is consensus… that any excuse to complain about anything is a good one. Welcome to the Internet!!1!

  • Mike Morhaime kicked off 2013 by re-confirming what he announced in November of last year:
    Happy new year everyone! Hope to see you at #blizzcon 2013. –MikeMorhaime

    There was no Blizzcon 2012 and most fans figure that’s because the timing didn’t work well to promote upcoming Blizzard products. D3 came out in May 2012, WoW Panda was coming out in Sept 2012, and SC2 news was already well known, so what would they have done at Blizzcon in October? The obvious question then, is what they’ll have to debut at DiabloWikiBlizzcon 2013 in 8 or 10 months? WoW expansion? Project Titan revealed? D3 expansion?

  • Congrats to Max, Erich, and all the others at Runic Games for Torchlight 2 hitting the 1m sales mark.
  • Finally, Forbes has a new interview with Rob Pardo in which he talks about WoW patches, SC2, digital game delivery and more. There’s one D3-related question:

    Do you see potential for Diablo III’s Auction House translating to other games like World of Warcraft?
    Rob Pardo: I’m not so sure. I think it’s a really interesting thing that we did with the Auction House and I think there were some pros and cons with Diablo, but I really don’t see it ever coming to World of Warcraft because World of Warcraft was never designed for it. It really wasn’t designed up and we already have a player economy. We have an Auction House in the game for virtual currency of course, but I really don’t ever see us bringing real money currency to World of Warcraft like that.


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