Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Blizzard Teaser Day 3: They Just Keep Teasing

The new Teaser is up:



At a glance, the ice has been broken through to what looks like clear sky beyond.

Lets get down to business. First off, the Rune:



Damn. Well, this doesn't look like any D2 Rune I ever saw. In fact, it looks like a:



Protoss Race insignia for Starcraft2.

Next, the .css File. Today's word is Icy (to go with Yesterdays Cavern and Monday's Tundra). No help there deciding what it is. Finally, the hidden Jpg is /_images/23.jpg, which does not fit with the Diablofans Theory. So far we have D.O. and W.

So, once again it's back to the drawing board. With the new Protoss Rune in Icy3 the identity of the Rune in Icy1 is back up for grabs between a Diablo2 Shael and one of the Runes from Frostmourne. As of right now, the prediction of what will be announced at the WWI is still well and truly up for grabs.

Bump-Edit: There will be a game at WWI:

Gamesindustry.biz

Blizzard to unveil new title at Worldwide Invitational?

Ahead of this weekend's Blizzard Worldwide Invitational in Paris the frenzy of speculation around what the company's "big news" would be has increased further with the VP of design, Rob Pardo, hinting that it might be a new title.

In a question and answer session that concluded this year's GDC Paris, Pardo was asked directly if he could talk more about "the new game" that rumours have strongly suggested will be Diablo 3.

"So you want me to announce the game before our announcement?" he said. "No offense, but I think there's like 300 people here, and I'll be ripped apart by 8000 people there [at the Invitational] if I pre-announce it - but it's going to be really exciting. I think everybody here will be really excited about the announcement."

Blizzard is currently hard at work on the next expansion to World of Warcraft, as well as the next instalment in the Starcraft series. The Diablo franchise, for which the last title was released in 2000, is the other main entry in Blizzard's IP log and fans have been clamouring for a new game in the series for some time.

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/blizzard-to-unveil-new-title-at-worldwide-invitational


There's also this announcement from Xfire of a new game being unveiled. More info should be released by them on the 27th.

EDIT1:

My first go at what the Mash-up of the 'hidden' images should look like so far. I've elected not to put in dividing lines so you can see just how well they line up.




Dixx at Diabloii.net makes a very good point if we assume that the Rune from Day 1 was a rune from Frostmourne:

So the runes have lined up with the franchises in the order in which they were initially released to the gaming world. The teasers leading up to SC2 had a historical order of games sequence to them. Perhaps these teasers are for the announcement of the as yet unannounced new IP that Blizzard is working on... they're going in chronological order through their major IP's and the next clues will be things we can't find a reference for, because they are associated with a project we as of yet know nothing about.


So, perhaps tomorrow we will see another symbol referring to Warcraft?


EDIT2:

Interesting:



Supposedly it's a front page advertising the WW Invitational, hurriedly taken down from wow-europe.com. There's a fairly reasonable chance that this is innocuous or fake, but crucially it features Diablo at a time and in an event where you'd be thinking that Wrath and SC2 would be their only focus. If it hasn't been faked it's definitely food for thought. They're also pimping Diablo 2 on the WWI08 Official Site, a curious decision considering its age.

9 comments:

Anonymous 25/06/2008, 08:38  

Anon here again, I know I have seen the fan art picture that is "hidden" before, but I can't find the full specific picture atm.

This is a picture of the same monster by the same artist, but the one we are "completing" atm, he has a more idling/sleeping position if my memory serves me right.
http://img371.imageshack.us/img371/278/98774602tu2.jpg

Suicidal Zebra 25/06/2008, 08:42  

If that's real then it's a great find! However right now it doens't line up with what we have, the new 23.jpg fits above 15.jps and possibly to the left of 04.jpg. Damn, I wish my photoshopfu was up to scratch and I could whack out a quick mock-up of what seems to be correct right now.

Anonymous 25/06/2008, 08:44  

As I said, it's not the same picture, but it's supposed to be the same monster. And the picture is created by the same artist.

Thing is that the other, "real" picture is a picture of the monster sleeping...I think.

Suicidal Zebra 25/06/2008, 09:05  

Hrm. I wonder if the monster could be a Diablo 2 Tentacle Beast from Act 3 Diablo (Trying to figure out if they were also in the Caverns of Act 5). Problem with that is they could also be the Nessie-type mobs from WoW.

Anonymous 25/06/2008, 09:12  

the picture the other anon posted looks almost photoshopped, like they added the extra hair/fur stuff.

Trey 25/06/2008, 10:36  

This is Trey here, from your Day 2 blog post.
My previous guess still has a good chance of happening. Rune from Frostmourn, Hel Rune from Diablo, and Protoss rune. All that's missing is something from Lost Vikings.

OR, they are making a new Lost Viking game.

Who am I kidding? This is obviously an announcement about the release of Duke Nukem Forever.

Anonymous 25/06/2008, 10:38  

First anon here, with a little side note. The screen dumps we see, is probably screenshots from the intro movie that is gonna present whatever will show up on WWI.

daniel 25/06/2008, 11:28  

Hi zebra!

thanks for your blog, it's really a great read so far, keep the good work up!

Anyway http://img371.imageshack.us/img371/278/98774602tu2.jpg
is obviously a fake image; when you look at the texture that has not yet been released, you can clearly see that it is completeley blurred compared to the released image. So clearly a fake for me.

Anonymous 27/06/2008, 09:26  

About edit2, it isn't a fake... if you go to the official blizzard WWI site, and look at their news articles... one about the live streams has you DL a octo-something player, and when you run it to check if it works, that image shows up.

DIABLO 3 FUCK YEAH! (i hope)

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