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Low level dungeon and raid scaling technology complete

Low level dungeoun scaling technology completed
Blizzard's Game Director Tom Chilton and Lead Content Designer Cory Stockton have really gone out on a limb with interviews at Gamescom, spilling every bean and answering every question with the transparency and openness we're coming to expect from new look Blizzard. One question they were asked related to the up-scaling of low level dungeons. Tom responded as follows:
That's something that we did actively work on and certainly the technology is pretty well in place at this point. We were also hoping to get the dungeons to a point where they were scaling, however we didn't actually end up coming up with a reward scheme that we felt fit correctly.

I think it's important to remember that today, players can go back and do old content by soloing it and they usually do that to get the transmog gear, and I think if they were going to to go back and do it as a true 25-man raid of Black Temple, as an example, they'd would have to feel like they were getting something that was useful for it as well as transmog gear, and we still have to figure out what the right reward scheme for that is.

We don't want it to compete with the new raid in terms of getting you the best possible gear, but at the same time, it has to be worth something. So that's something we haven't really resolved yet, so we won't be seeing scaling raids until sometime in the future.
So what do you think they could offer as a reward for redoing old content "properly", in an upscaled raid or as downscaled characters? I feel like points, Valor, Justice, whatever, would be a good reward, along with the transmog gear and pets, but maybe also a low and random drop-rate of Garrosh-style heirloom weapons. What's your take on it?

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Watch Blizzard's Gamescom 2013 Diablo 3 presentation


Recorded by someone up nice and close to the stage at Gamescom 2013, you can watch the entirety of Blizzard's Diablo 3 presentation on YouTube. This is not an official Blizzard video, so there's a chance it'll be taken down (although this isn't an official Blizzard event either, so who knows -- either way watch I'd watch it soon).

One of the big things that stood out for me was when they were talking about the end-game; Blizzard wants there to be something for everyone in the end-game of Diablo 3, not just for the hard core players. This feels like a departure, somewhat, from previous paradigms; and is certainly an echo of what WoW's end-game has become.

You can watch the trailer for Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls over yonder, and also read up about what we heard will be coming in a pre-expansion patch to Diablo 3.

Filed under: Diablo 3

Gamescom 2013: Blizzard's booth schedule

Gamescom 2013 Blizzard's booth schedule
Blizzard has just published their schedule for the booth at Gamescom 2013, in Cologne, Germany. The EU team did a great job last year of packing the booth activities with fun stuff to keep up an impressively constant schedule, and it seems they're taking the exact same approach this year. The schedule runs from Thursday 22 August through Sunday 25 August, and highlights include developer signing sessions, live drawing sessions, live raids, concerts, as well as show matches.

There's also a daily presentation on Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, which will be playable at Gamescom for the first time in Europe (apart from when several fansites including WoW Insider got their hands on it in May).

I'll be at Gamescom, along with several others, and from last year, one thing I really enjoyed watching was the quiz! It's on twice daily, and it's great to see fellow gamers /flexing their brainpower. If you want to see the full schedule, head over to the official Blizzard Gamescom site.

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Blizzard press conference scheduled for Gamescom 2013

Blizzard press conference scheduled for Gamescom 2013
While we knew Blizzard would have a presence and playable games at Gamescom 2013, held in Cologne, Germany from August 21-25, Polygon is reporting that there will be a press conference held by Blizzard as well. According to Polygon, Blizzard is saving a special announcement for Gamescom at a press conference that will be held on the first day of the convention.

Polygon reports that the special invitation they received stated "We're making a special announcement that's sure to capture the attention of the Heavens, Burning Hells and all the shadowed places that lie between." While this may just be more information about the upcoming console ports for Diablo 3, one has to wonder if perhaps this is something more -- perhaps the first mention of a Diablo 3 expansion? It's certainly about time we heard of such things, but of course, we won't really know for certain what the special announcement is all about until Gamescom opens in August.

Be sure to head over to Polygon for more details regarding the upcoming press conference. For more information on Blizzard's presence at Gamescom, be sure to check out their official dedicated website for the event. And if you're planning on attending, you still have a little time to sign up for the Blizzard costume contest as well!

Filed under: Blizzard, News items, Worldwide Invitational

Gamescom 2013: Blizzard's playable content announced

Gamescom 2013 Blizzard's playable content announced
Gamescom, in Cologne, Germany, is Europe's largest gaming convention, and one of the largest int he world with 275,000 attendees in 2012, and the same set to visit in 2013. Blizzard, as you can see above, attended in 2012 with both Starcraft and Warcraft, hosting not only a huge gameplay area for the then Mists beta, but also concerts, a costume contest, live raids, and an arena tournament. Much of the same will likely feature this year, but the highlight is likely to be the playable content they're bringing, which is plentiful indeed!

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In just a few short weeks, Blizzard will be at the biggest games convention in the world – gamescom in Cologne, Germany. The show runs from August 21-25, and we'll be welcoming players with all kinds of stage activities, contests and giveaways – and of course people are there to play games, too!

This year our booth is bigger than ever, which means we can accommodate more gamers than ever. Attendees will be able to play:

Diablo III (PC and PlayStation 3): Brave the Burning Hells and whack some demons – playable on console for the first time in Europe!
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (PC): Playable in public for the first time in Europe!
World of Warcraft (PC): Check out what patch 5.4 has to offer!
Check back for more updates in the days and weeks leading up to gamescom for details of what's in store for you at the Blizzard booth. We'll have quizzes, leveling contest, show matches, the World of Warcraft dance contest and much more – and don't forget you can still sign up for the Blizzard costume contest.

Head to our newly launched dedicated website for more about Blizzard at gamescom 2013.

Filed under: Blizzard, News items, Worldwide Invitational

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