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Diabolical Reading Between the Lines

By Bobfish13-09-2013

It seems Blizzard are hellbent on pissing everyone off at the moment. First there was the auction house, then the always online for PC but not for consoles. Now, Diablo 3 is going to require some light reading to fill in the gaps between main game and the coming expansion.

In a way, there's a lot of sense behind the move. It's logical to expand on a successful franchise, after all, with some shameless attempts to cash in in another medium. 'Tis hardly the first time there has been a video game novel. Hardly the first time there has been a Diablo novel even. But at this stage, Blizzard's reputation is so all over the place that it simply fails to feel like expanding anymore. And comes across as nothing more than a slap in the face to those who have had the stomach to remain faithful. One bad descision after another, basically.

However, on the off chance this could be the one thing to win people back over...which even as an aspiring author, I highly doubt. There's a neat little excerpt (which sounds more like a premise pitch personally) below for your perusal.

"The High Heavens are healing after the fall of the Prime Evil. The Angiris Council has recovered the Black Soulstone and now stands vigil over the cursed artifact deep within the glimmering Silver City.

"Amid these momentous events, Tyrael struggles with his position as the new Aspect of Wisdom, feeling out of place as a mortal among his angelic brethren and doubting his ability to fully embody his role. As he searches within himself and the Heavens for reassurance, he senses the Black Soulstone's grim influence on his home. Where harmony of light and sound once reigned, a mounting discord is threatening to shroud the realm in darkness. Imperius and the other archangels vehemently oppose moving or destroying the crystal, leading Tyrael to put Heaven's fate in the hands of humankind....

"Drawing powerful humans to his side from the far ends of Sanctuary, Tyrael reforges the ancient Horadrim and charges the order with an impossible task: to steal the soulstone from the heart of Heaven. Among the champions entrusted with this burden are Jacob of Staalbreak, former avatar of Justice and guardian of the angelic blade El'druin; Shanar, a wizard with phenomenal powers; Mikulov, a lithe and reverent monk; Gynvir, a fearless and battle-hardened barbarian; and Zayl, a mysterious necromancer. With time and the forces of both good and evil against them, can these heroes unite as one and complete their perilous mission before the Heavens fall to ruin?"


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Posts: 3290

Seems that Blizzard don't either. They're just going through the motions

Posts: 1548

I just don't give a rats ass any more.