'Eyes' in Blizzard teaser confirm Diablo 3?

Source: See below. What we heard: After drawing out last year's reveal of StarCraft II via a long series of cryptic teasers, Blizzard appears to be at it again. Once more, the Irvine, California-based developer is preceding one of its Worldwide Invitational events with a week of mysterious...

Source: See below.

What we heard: After drawing out last year's reveal of StarCraft II via a long series of cryptic teasers, Blizzard appears to be at it again. Once more, the Irvine, California-based developer is preceding one of its Worldwide Invitational events with a week of mysterious homepage art on its official Web site. Though Blizzard has declined to comment, speculation is rife that the $100-million-per-month company will use this Saturday's WWI in Paris to reveal Diablo 3, the existence of which has been rumored for years.

This time around, the art on the page shows shards of what appears to be a roof of ice slowly melting away to reveal a night sky. In the past few days, said sky has filled with stars and ice flecks that had previously been semi-obscured by a mist. Today, as the mist slowly cleared, two points of light appeared to shine brighter--two points that to many viewers appear to resemble a pair of eyes.

Although the "eyes" theory sounds like wishful thinking among gaming geezers old enough to have developed carpal tunnel playing the 1996 original, it has more than a little merit. The Blizzard diehards over at WOW Insider have posted an extremely convincing visual juxtaposition showing that the two "eyes" are in the exact same position as the eyes on the Diablo II box. The visual overlay leaves no doubt that whoever created today's image intended the two pieces of light to be in the pre

cisely the same location, either to further tease eager gamers or to throw them off the scent. The question is: Which is it?

The official story: "Eyes? There are eyes in that screen? How do you know they're not stars? Or snowflakes?"--A presumably grinning Blizzard rep.

Bogus or not bogus?: Someone in Blizzard's design department is either being semiclever or very cruel. And though it looks not bogus, the world will have to wait until Saturday to know if hell has indeed frozen over.

[UPDATE] On Friday, the Blizzard.com splash page changed further, showing the snowflecks/stars burning much brighter and what appears to be a bony brow above them. The new image leaves no doubt that these are eyes--but whose are they? The ice in the image has many believing the ocular points belong to the titular villain of the World of Warcraft expansion Wrath of the Lich King. However, the Diablo diehards still insist the glowing gaze is that of their demonic nemesis....

[UPDATE #2] Diablo III is now officially official.

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tony2077ca
tony2077ca

anyone save the pictures i want them as my wallpaper

aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

may diablo go with u my children, and burninate the line ups to get this game!

juliusIII
juliusIII

Its official, the badass devil is back its been far too long my friends

lew_0911
lew_0911

I know. Ner'zul teams up with the Zerg.

Erebus
Erebus

Turns out it was Lost Vikings: Olaf's Odyssey

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

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crazyboy2737
crazyboy2737

finally diablo III....im dying to play the new character...especially witch doctor.....

ghouston
ghouston

Well gents, I've been telling you for two days now. I had an inside source and knew it was Diablo 3 but nobody seemed to believe me. Ahh, vindication!

thor25br
thor25br

At LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

covertgamer78
covertgamer78

I was wrong about it beint WotLK, glad I was wrong.

captainamazing
captainamazing

DIABLO 3 is OFFICIAL !!! YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

Peenubus
Peenubus

man, all the researching and little experiements/theories i had surrounding that ice revealing more daily was well paid off... i'm really glad blizzard didn't get our hopes up on this one; way to reward the fans that have been pluggin away these past 5 days trying to find the meaning behind the runes and their specific placement :D

o0phantom0o
o0phantom0o

man....that was cool....i was commentin abt how i thought it was gonna be warcraft, an all of a sudden, it changed. an confirmed DIABLOIII. hehe....all this heppened while i was typin my last comment.

Peenubus
Peenubus

whew... now i can rest easy that we won't be seeing "Blackthorne: Blizzard Hates You" on the shelves in the next couple years :D

o0phantom0o
o0phantom0o

hmmm....i dont know abt the runes. But looking at the eyes, their surrounding outline, an the frozen shards......my best bet is Warcraft. i say this bcuz in the end of the frozen throne, Arthus wears a helmet thats strikingly similar the the outlines........oh wait....its just updated......its..... DIABLO III........wow

AmCanadian
AmCanadian

Lol I just like... pissed myself

Peenubus
Peenubus

OMG I can't wait to see the demo footage!!!

Peenubus
Peenubus

LOL i don't even know if i'll be able to go to bed now :P

Peenubus
Peenubus

lol i must've refreshed blizzard.com 20 times now in the past 10 minutes... the Diablo 3 logo just hits you right in the face, you can't help but gaze into it and take in the splendor..

AmCanadian
AmCanadian

CONFIRMED D3 FROM WWI MAINSTREAM!!!

Annogi
Annogi

I guess it was Diablo 3, they just changed it to the Diablo 3 logo

Peenubus
Peenubus

CONFIRMED!!! DIABLO III IS BLIZZARD'S NEW GAME!!! WOOOOOT!!!

Peenubus
Peenubus

5 minutes and counting ladies and gents! wooot! :D

zorky
zorky

"Dhay" on the other blizzard thread said the blizzard.com splash-screen has changed from .jpg to flash. So I guess the screen will become more active at some time.

vunacar
vunacar

the eyes are more yellowy now, not pure blue like Arthas's.

Narof
Narof

Looks like the Witch King to me to be perfectly honest.

vunacar
vunacar

New picture ladies! check it out, turns out its not Arthas, 5 runes shine hard, and theres a 6th smiley face rune, this just might be Diablo!

zorky
zorky

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FireFist87
FireFist87

Tell you guys the truth, we really can't tell at this point what game it's gonna be or pointing at. Iv'e done some research looking at a bunch of peoples posts and finding my own stuff online. So far what i found out, mainly about the glowing runes: 1. Top Most rune = Viking Compass..Not sure really what it means. http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://brentberryarts.com/bjork_art/1582584c0.jpg&imgrefurl=http://brentberryarts.com/bjork_art/nordic_guidance_.htm&h=588&w=600&sz=486&hl=en&start=2&um=1&tbnid=_ARRTL2it0SmrM:&tbnh=132&tbnw=135&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dviking%2Bcompass%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN 2. Top Right Rune = Hel Rune...Just a rune from Diablo 2:LoD symbolzing a link to maybe a Diablo 3 game. http://www.lewt.com/diablo-2/uswest-non-ladder/runes/hel-rune/ 3. Bottom left Rune ( looks like a mini space ship ) = Protoss Symbol from Starcraft. http://www.starcraft2.com/features/protoss/main.xml in the link on the left side of the list of units you get to choose, is the symbol on that rune. 4. Middle Left Rune = Not sure really sure what it is, closest thing iv'e found to it was another Diablo 2 runes, not sure the name of it but i'll post the link on where i found it. Second row, second from the left. http://www.urdiablo.com/catalog/RUNEs-all2.jpg 5. Bottom Right Rune = As for this one i don't know wtf that is so o well. So i'm not sure if this picture that blizzard has for us is pointing towards a specific game or not but we will find out. But just wild crazy guess going here, possible a Starcraft vs. Diablo type MMO? oooo interesting.

Shirokani
Shirokani

It doesn't really matter if it's Diablo 3 or not, as long as they don't release a horrible game. However...if it IS Diablo 3 then it might be a little interesting to see Diablo utilizing the power of ice.

kokonut1971
kokonut1971

mmmmm not the pentagram is lit up...the real clues were in the pentagram which no one of course did any research on..everybody was just focused on the face in the ice....at this point it does not look like lich king stuff anymore...oh well, we'll know byt the end of the day...i hope!

FireFist87
FireFist87

Ladies let us not bicker...let us just stay up for atleast another hour and a half and we will have our mystery game revealed. Let us all jsut hope it is what we all want. Not saying Diablo 3 jsut something we wil all enjoy.

xXFr34k_0uTXx
xXFr34k_0uTXx

Lol'd at the starcraft ghost comment. If this was starcraft ghost I think I'd punch my screen. =\

Xxann
Xxann

I dont know guys im thinkin THEY ARE STARTING UP STARCRAFT GHOST AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if you really look close it perfectly matches nova's womanly facial structure.

Peenubus
Peenubus

heh ok i think i see the reddish markings you're talking about... but that's probably all they are really is just reddish markings... if we start tryin to decipher or put somethin to match every marking on this splash art, I think Bliz'll just give up on us all completely... lol

Xxann
Xxann

im not ruling out the possibility of it just being wrath of the lich king but the shape would not be right for the lich kings helmet

FireFist87
FireFist87

Put your face practically to the monitor lol and you will see them. And if your too tired to be able to see the streaks then look very closely lower left of the far left rune and you will atleast see the scribbles. You can see those the best but the scribbles are actually everywhere.

Peenubus
Peenubus

i honestly don't see the red streaks you're talking about... then again it is 4am and my mind isn't functioning at it's best right now...

AmCanadian
AmCanadian

5:30 am here. Lawl I wanna know what that teaser really is!

FireFist87
FireFist87

O im thinking of staying up and reinstalling Diablo 2:LoD and getting back into it. {:-)

FireFist87
FireFist87

I'm pretty sure people noticed this, but probably haven't looked closely at it. All over the ice if you look really closely, you can see streaks of red everywhere. At first glance i believed this to be maybe fire slowly thawing out the ice in order to reveal the image more and more. But then if you look even closer at those red streaks, you can see that they are markings. Especially towards the left side of the screen just a little lower left of the far left rune. So you can see that it is not fire but scribbled markings. Any thoughts on what those could be or mean?

Peenubus
Peenubus

lol is anyone else here staying awake until the big announcement? it's goin on 4am here and i'm still goin strong! :D

AmCanadian
AmCanadian

Or maybe it is his hand? Giving us the finger >:D