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Ships Ahoy - Diablo III

Battle.net announces the extended wait for Diablo III is now over, and the action/RPG sequel should now be available worldwide. For anyone getting error messages from the game, this article may help you work out what's wrong, and here's word on the release:

Twenty years have passed since the Prime Evils were defeated and banished from the world of Sanctuary. Now you must return to Tristram and investigate rumors of a fallen star, an omen that the End Times have begun.

Diablo III is now live and available at a store near you -- or you can click here to purchase a digital copy directly through Blizzard. The game is available at retailers in both a standard and Collector's Edition. Visit our Diablo III game information page or search the Game Guide to learn more about this highly anticipated third installment in the Diablo series.

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66. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 14:27 NKD
 
Teddy wrote on May 15, 2012, 14:22:
NKD wrote on May 15, 2012, 14:16:
It's like you said, companies get away with it because it only upsets a few neckbeards in the middle of the night.

I'm sure by 'middle of the night', you mean 2pm because it's STILL happening.

The servers are more-or-less down to fix the problems everyone is complaining about... they aren't overloaded. Fuck almighty.
 
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65. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 14:25 The Half Elf
 
Creston wrote on May 15, 2012, 11:01:
Twenty years have passed since the Prime Evils were defeated

Now now Blizzard, don't sell yourselves short. It's only been like a dozen!

Any news on how this plays on less-than-stellar connections? And does it actually install on Win7-64? (Since the demo wouldn't?)

Creston

Creston I had the beta installed on a Win7-64 system, as for the net connection thing I couldn't tell ya.


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64. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 14:23 Verno
 
PropheT wrote on May 15, 2012, 14:19:
I wasn't expecting it to be completely smooth for Diablo 3, but as it is it's really apparent that they just plain weren't prepared at all. It's like they're doing their stress testing on launch day.

These kinds of things are really hard to anticipate and provision for. If sales surpassed projections then that could be the answer right there. Friends of mine who don't even play PC games anymore were asking me about this. Actually one buddy of mine commented on picking it up for his Xbox on the way home, I didn't have the heart to break it to him.

Anyways back to the game for me!
 
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63. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 14:22 Teddy
 
NKD wrote on May 15, 2012, 14:16:
It's like you said, companies get away with it because it only upsets a few neckbeards in the middle of the night.

I'm sure by 'middle of the night', you mean 2pm because it's STILL happening.
 
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62. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 14:19 PropheT
 
Creston wrote on May 15, 2012, 14:07:
If you have 2 million pre-orders, and you ship an additional 3 million copies to stores, shouldn't you have launch capacity for 5 million copies? That doesn't seem like it's extremely difficult math.

But Blizzard figures they can easily get away with less, as people will complain, then get in, and keep playing, and stop complaining. And like I said, if you keep accepting that kind of behavior from a developer, don't be surprised if that's what you get.

To be fair, Blizzard isn't always this bad with their launches. World of Warcraft was, but the expansions for the most part were fairly smooth. I haven't played WoW since shortly after Cataclysm launched, though, maybe things have degraded a bit.

I wasn't expecting it to be completely smooth for Diablo 3, but as it is it's really apparent that they just plain weren't prepared at all. It's like they're doing their stress testing on launch day.
 
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61. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 14:16 NKD
 
Creston wrote on May 15, 2012, 14:07:
Verno wrote on May 15, 2012, 13:52:
Blizzard supposedly handled the Cataclysm launch really well, I remember all of my friends telling me how smooth it was. I'm sure they learn and want you to play the game too but it's likely seeing unprecedented demand that will even out in the next day or two. I'm not excusing it but I've seen worse launches.

If you have 2 million pre-orders, and you ship an additional 3 million copies to stores, shouldn't you have launch capacity for 5 million copies? That doesn't seem like it's extremely difficult math.

But Blizzard figures they can easily get away with less, as people will complain, then get in, and keep playing, and stop complaining. And like I said, if you keep accepting that kind of behavior from a developer, don't be surprised if that's what you get.

Creston

As anyone who has worked in a datacenter or in other network operations capacity will tell you, setting up your infrastructure to handle a level of concurrency you will only see for a couple of hours is enormously costly for very little return on investment. There is a good reason no one does it unless their high-concurrency period isn't that high to begin with.

And let's be honest, most developers aren't even in a position where they have enough demand for their titles to even run into this problem.

It's like you said, companies get away with it because it only upsets a few neckbeards in the middle of the night.

Verno wrote on May 15, 2012, 14:09:
NKD wrote on May 15, 2012, 14:01:
Having a blast so far. (Level 20 Wizard, just a little ways into Act 2.) The loots carrot-on-a-stick is as effective as ever.


How are you building out your Wizard? Just curious as I could never come up with something I liked.

I'm focusing on AOE damage. I'm running with another Wizard and we burn stuff down pretty fast. I use Electrocute as my main attack, along with the tornado twister things or the arcane orb at the moment. I use Diamond Skin and uh... the big knockback thing as my defensive "oh shit" buttons.
 
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60. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 14:15 Dmitri_M
 
How invasive is the required internet connection for SP?

I'm on a handcranked internet connection in the centre of the jungle. Is it just a once off login or something more..diabolical?
 
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59. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 14:14 MadBoris
 
So is this the first single player game in history with network lag?

Or should I say, is this the first digital canvas of art with laggy pixels on the canvas?

If so, that is quite the achievement.

I would hate to be playing hardcore like the guy I saw last night, only to have your character and monsters doing lag/teleports.
It's ridiculous really, regardless of how good your hardware is, network lag gets introduced into your single player game.
It's amazing to me what people bend over and take these days.

The beta showed me the game has lost the 'pull me back in' spark.
It sparks my curiosity to see some of what they were working on all these years, but it lacks gaming magic to pull me back to play it.

The amazing artistic canvas technology which they incorporated, that fans so hyped up, somehow didn't convince me to buy it either.
Maybe an art gallery will be interested in the laggy only online painting.
 
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58. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 14:11 CJ_Parker
 
NKD wrote on May 15, 2012, 14:01:
The loots carrot-on-a-stick is as effective as ever on the mentally weak.

There. I fixed that fer ya. Nice of me huh?

 
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57. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 14:09 Verno
 
NKD wrote on May 15, 2012, 14:01:
Having a blast so far. (Level 20 Wizard, just a little ways into Act 2.) The loots carrot-on-a-stick is as effective as ever.


How are you building out your Wizard? Just curious as I could never come up with something I liked.
 
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56. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 14:07 Creston
 
Verno wrote on May 15, 2012, 13:52:
Blizzard supposedly handled the Cataclysm launch really well, I remember all of my friends telling me how smooth it was. I'm sure they learn and want you to play the game too but it's likely seeing unprecedented demand that will even out in the next day or two. I'm not excusing it but I've seen worse launches.

If you have 2 million pre-orders, and you ship an additional 3 million copies to stores, shouldn't you have launch capacity for 5 million copies? That doesn't seem like it's extremely difficult math.

But Blizzard figures they can easily get away with less, as people will complain, then get in, and keep playing, and stop complaining. And like I said, if you keep accepting that kind of behavior from a developer, don't be surprised if that's what you get.

Creston
 
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55. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 14:01 NKD
 
Having a blast so far. (Level 20 Wizard, just a little ways into Act 2.) The loots carrot-on-a-stick is as effective as ever.

 
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54. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 13:58 Jdrez
 
Bucky wrote on May 15, 2012, 13:56:
Jdrez wrote on May 15, 2012, 13:54:
I still have the beta client installed. Does anybody know if buy a digital version will unlock/update that, or do you have to download the whole damn thing over again?

You've got to get the whole thing again. Get crackin'!

Figures.
 
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53. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 13:56 Bucky
 
Jdrez wrote on May 15, 2012, 13:54:
I still have the beta client installed. Does anybody know if buy a digital version will unlock/update that, or do you have to download the whole damn thing over again?

You've got to get the whole thing again. Get crackin'!
 
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52. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 13:55 nin
 
Jdrez wrote on May 15, 2012, 13:54:
I still have the beta client installed. Does anybody know if buy a digital version will unlock/update that, or do you have to download the whole damn thing over again?

hehehehehehehehehe...
 
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51. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 13:54 Jdrez
 
I still have the beta client installed. Does anybody know if buy a digital version will unlock/update that, or do you have to download the whole damn thing over again?  
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50. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 13:52 nin
 

I'm seeing thousands of thousands of angry people complaining that the servers are down, can't login, etc etc etc.

Yep, if you keep buying products from companies that refuse to put up enough server capacity to handle all their pre-orders, then don't be surprised if they keep refusing to put up enough server capacity.

Apparently the servers are now down for the next few hours? Smooth launch...

But...but...someone on Blue's News said there were no problems at all today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


 
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49. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 13:52 Cutter
 
No sale Ubisoft, er, Actiblizz.
 
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48. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 13:52 Verno
 
Blizzard supposedly handled the Cataclysm launch really well, I remember all of my friends telling me how smooth it was. I'm sure they learn and want you to play the game too but it's likely seeing unprecedented demand that will even out in the next day or two. I'm not excusing it but I've seen worse launches.  
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47. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 13:52 ASeven
 
Creston wrote on May 15, 2012, 13:48:
I'm seeing thousands of thousands of angry people complaining that the servers are down, can't login, etc etc etc.

Yep, if you keep buying products from companies that refuse to put up enough server capacity to handle all their pre-orders, then don't be surprised if they keep refusing to put up enough server capacity.

Apparently the servers are now down for the next few hours? Smooth launch...

I'm sure the people who bought D3 to play it as a SP only game are most pleased indeed! /irony
 
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